Tigers win 3rd straight over ChiSox

The Tigers are on an impressive streak. After bringing a 5-17 record in one-run games into their series with the Chicago White Sox, the Tigers set out to improve it, and so far they have, winning 3 straight against the ChiSox, all by one run. And just like last night, the winning run came unconventionally, via a bases loaded walk that scored Alex Sanchez.

A win is a win, and the Tigers are getting a lot of them lately. Behind another great pitching effort by Mike Maroth (still a Tiger), and a scoreless inning by Ugueth Urbina (also still a Tiger), the Tigers got their 3rd straight win over Chicago Saturday night.

Maroth pitched the first 9 innings, but got a no decision for his effort. He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, also striking out 3 batters. Urbina, who got the win, pitched a perfect 10th, using just 10 pitches to retire the side.

Maroth went the regular length distance, as did his counterpart, Mark Buehrle. Buehrle's stat line read the same as Maroth's; 9 innings, 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 strikeouts. Unfortunately for the White Sox, Buehrle didn't get the same help in relief, as Cliff Politte walked in the game winning run in the bottom of the 10th.

Alex Sanchez was the star offensively. Besides scoring the game winning run, Sanchez went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Carlos Guillen went 1-for-4 with the game-winning RBI as he took the bases loaded walk.

The White Sox leadoff man, Aaron Rowand, also had a good game, going 2-for-4 with an RBI, but the team got little else (as evidenced by just 2 runs and 5 hits for the game).

The Tigers will try and complete the 4-game sweep on Sunday afternoon when Jeremy Bonderman (who was ejected last Sunday against the White Sox after hitting Rowand with a pitch) faces newly-acquired White Sox ace Freddy Garcia. Game time is 1:05pm.

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