Tigers drown Marlins, 8-4

The past two games, the Tiger bats have awoken, the pitching has been solid, and shockingly enough, the Tigers have won both games. Ivan Rodriguez, facing his former team that he won a world championship with, had his first Home Run since May 14th, meanwhile Carlos Guillen had another big game, making a pitch that despite the top Shortstops in the AL, he should be getting serious consideration for the All Star team.

Hitting, pitching, defense, it all came together again on Friday night, which put another 'W' on the board, bringing the Tigers back to within 4 games of .500. Gary Knotts, who was elevated to the rotation after Nate Cornejo went to the Disabled List, has continued to be impressive, making it doubtful that Cornejo will get his spot back once he's healthy. Knotts, who earned the win to go to 4-1 on the year, pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits, striking out 2 and walking 3.

Knotts wasn't amazing, but he easily outperformed his opposition, Tommy Phelps. Phelps only made it through 3 innings, giving up 6 runs on 6 hits.

Everyone meanwhile seemed to be swinging the bat well, whether that was Phelps or the Tigers, it's hard to say. Dmitri Young launched his first Home Run of the year, while Carlos Guillen hit his team-leading 10th. Eric Munson went 3-for-3 with a run scored, and Omar Infante was 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI.

For the Marlins, Miguel Cabrera had 2 hits and an RBI, and OF Lenny Harris had a hit and 2 RBI in the losing effort.

The two teams face off again Saturday night in unseasonably cold temperatures. Brad Penny takes on Nate Robertson, first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm.


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