Tigers win 4th straight, best Marlins 6-2

Coming into the year, there were serious questions about the Tigers fifth starter, and whether or not Nate Robertson could step up and handle the job. Well, not only has Robertson held down the job, he's stepping up as arguably the Tigers top starter, as he pitched another gem on Saturday night to lead the Tigers over the Florida Marlins.

Not only are the Marlins the defending world champions, they are also Nate Robertson's original team. He came to Detroit in the Mark Redman deal, and on Saturday night, he made every effort to prove the Marlins that they were wrong in giving up on the young lefty.

Robertson pitched 8 innings, only allowing 4 hits while striking out 3 and walking 2. Jamie Walker came on in the 9th and allowed a pair of runs, but Esteban Yan came on to get 1 out, then Ugueth Urbina got the final out to get his 10th save of the season.

For the Marlins, Brad Penny pitched well but took the loss, giving up 4 runs in 7 innings, but striking out 10 Tiger batters.

At the plate, Alex Sanchez had a pair of hits and a stolen base (his 14th on the year). Ivan Rodriguez also had a pair of hits and an RBI, extending his hit streak to 11 games. For the Marlins, Luis Castillo started the run in the 9th off Walker with a Home Run, but there was little else of note.

The Tigers, now only 3 games under .500, finish off the series with the Marlins on Sunday afternoon at 1:05pm. Jason Johnson takes on Dontrelle Willis.


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