Long ball leads Tigers to 4-2 triumph

After losing a pair of games to the Minnesota Twins, the Tigers needed a win badly against the Kansas City Royals, the only team below them in the conference standings. Well, a solid outing from Mike Maroth coupled with a few deep balls for the Tigers gave them the much needed win that they had been searching for.

Mike Maroth came out determined to put the Tigers in a position to get a win. Maroth did just that, giving the Tigers 6 strong innings to earn his 7th win. He gave up 2 runs on 6 hits, striking out only 1 batter, but most importantly, putting the Tigers in good position to get a win.

Darrell May ended up going the distance for Kansas City, but that also entails taking the loss. May gave up the 4 Tiger runs over his 8 innings of work, striking out 1 and walking 3.

The Royals were able to make a push at the end, getting the go-ahead run to the plate. Esteban Yan struggled to close it out, and the team did not have closer Ugueth Urbina available, after Alan Trammell used him for 2 innings on Tuesday night. Luckily, Jamie Walker was able to come in and get the final 2 outs to get his first save of the year.

The Tigers used 3 solo Home Runs to get most of their scoring, one apiece from Rondell White, Ivan Rodriguez and Marcus Thames. Carlos Guillen also had an RBI groundout.

For the Royals, David DeJesus had 3 hits, and Desi Relaford also had a solo Home Run.

The Tigers at 45-49 will try and get back to 3 games under .500 (which seems to be their glass ceiling) on Thursday afternoon when Gary Knotts faces Jimmy Gobble at 1:05pm.

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