The Tigers had fallen in the standings, especially after a Minnesota win streak and a Tiger losing streak. The two combined put the Tigers 10 games out of first place, and probably turned the team into sellers instead of buyers as the trade deadline quickly approaches.
But, despite the fact that the Tigers won't be making a playoff run come September, the team was still coming out in full force, led by Jason Johnson.
Johnson pitched 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on just 3 hits while walking and striking out 1. Four Tiger relievers closed out the final 3 innings (including Roberto Novoa, who recorded his first major league out). Ugueth Urbina pitched a perfect 9th for his 16th save, as he continues to be the centerpiece for the Tigers as far as trades are concerned.
Scott Schoeneweis took the loss for his effort, although it certainly wasn't poor. He gave up 3 runs (2 earned) over 5 1/3 innings, getting the loss to fall to 6-8 on the year.
The Tigers got their first 2 runs off RBI doubles, one from Rondell White, the other from Marcus Thames. The final Tiger run came with the bases loaded, and Bobby Higginson grounding out to First Base. Not a flashy run, but a game-winning one nonetheless.
The Tigers (48-54) will try and keep up the winning on Friday night when the two teams face off again. Just a couple weeks after getting the call up back to the majors, Wilfredo Ledezma will make his first start with the Tigers this year (after Gary Knotts was moved to the Disabled List). He'll face Jon Garland at 7:05pm.