Tigers top Tribe 13-4

The Tigers are on the outside looking in at the AL Central playoff race. To change that, they need to win, and win now, in a stretch against all division foes. Well, the offense decided to continue where it left off from the last game, putting up 13 runs against Cleveland in the series opener at Jacobs Field.

Mike Maroth has pitched incredibly well his last two starts, but on Monday the offense set out to provide him with plenty of support so that the outcome wouldn't be in question.

Maroth made it 7 innings and gave up 4 runs, certainly not his best outing of the year. But, it was more than enough for him to get his 8th win of the season.

Cleveland pitchers weren't quite as impressive, as the first three - all gave up at least 3 runs, the Tigers had 12 of their 13 runs through 5 innings.

On offense, everyone got in on the fun. Marcus Thames continues his hot hitting, blasting his 6th Home Run as part of a 3-for-5 day with 2 runs and 2 RBI. Brandon Inge also had a big game, going 4-for-5, also with 2 runs and 2 RBI. And of course Carlos Guillen was in on the fun too; he hit his 16th Home Run of the year and drove in 4 runs.

The Indians on the other hand didn't have much to talk about, as they only managed 4 runs. Lou Merloni had a solo Home Run, and Victor Martinez went 2-for-5 with an RBI, but there was little else of mention.

The Tigers have won 2 in a row now, but so have the Minnesota Twins - who are now back atop the AL Central standings, leaving the Tigers still 8 games back of first, although now just 2.5 games behind Cleveland. They'll get a chance to cut that down even more on Tuesday when Gary Knotts faces C.C. Sabathia at 7:05pm.

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