Mike Maroth has never been fancy - but as of late, he just gets it done. He did it again on Friday night against the powerful Boston Red Sox lineup. Maroth went 5 2/3 innings, giving up 3 earned runs on 10 hits. Maroth had left the game with a 1-run lead but the bases loaded.
But this time, the Tiger offense responded, putting up another run in the bottom of the 6th, giving Novoa and the rest of the bullpen a run to work with.
From there on out, they took care of business, as Novoa, then Jamie Walker, and finally Ugueth Urbina closed out the game to hold on to the 4-3 victory. Novoa got the win, his first as a big leaguer, while Urbina got his 18th save.
Derek Lowe meanwhile took the loss, despite not pitching poorly. Lowe has struggled to get wins all season, as he is now 9-10 on the season, despite playing for one of the better teams in baseball. Lowe went 7 innings, giving up 4 runs on 9 hits with 3 strikeouts.
The Tigers got clutch hits from a trio of Tiger players. Carlos Guillen went 3-for-4 with an RBI, generating plenty of offense as always. Dmitri Young also had a big game, going 3-for-4 with 2 runs. And Carlos Pena, who had been in a slump as of late, had a 2-run single in the 4th inning to give the Tigers the lead after the Red Sox got the first run of the game in the top half of the 4th.