Tigers trump Athletics, 5-3

On Wednesday, Wilfredo Ledezma and Dmitri Young led the Tigers to victory. On Thursday afternoon, it was Mike Maroth and Craig Monroe that led the way to a Tiger victory. Maroth pitched 7 strong innings, while Monroe hit everybody that the A's put on the mound to face him en route to a 3-for-4 day.

Mike Maroth was on again. Maroth went 7 innings, giving up 2 runs and striking out 3. His performance earned him his 9th win of the season.

Run support has certainly helped, but for comparison, Maroth won 9 games all of last season. There is still almost 50 games still yet to be played before the 2004 season is a wrap.

Ugueth Urbina came on in the 9th, and despite a threat, got the final 3 outs for his 19th save.

Maroth's counterpart, Tim Hudson, also pitched well, but didn't factor into the decision. Hudson pitched 5 innings with 2 earned runs off 6 hits, with 6 strikeouts. Justin Duchscherer gave up the other 3 runs in 2 2/3 innings and took the loss for the A's.

Craig Monroe led the way on offense, going 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, including a 2-run Home Run in the 6th inning off Duchscherer. Rondell White also chipped in, going 2-for-3 with a solo Home Run and 2 runs scored.

Oakland's man at the plate was Mark Kotsay, who went 3-for-4 with a solo Home Run in the leadoff spot. Eric Chavez also added a pair of hits.

The Tigers took 2 of 3 from the A's, and will now travel to Anaheim to try and accomplish a similar feat. Jeremy Bonderman faces John Lackey at 10:05pm.

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