Tigers drop finale to M's, 5-3

Sunday afternoon came, and the Tigers battled, but they weren't able to complete the sweep of the Seattle Mariners, as the M's pulled out a victory at Comerica Park. Gil Meche, who could have been a Tiger had Dave Dombrowski been willing to give up Brandon Inge - who coincidentally led the Tigers at the plate on Sunday - led the Mariners to victory.

Sometimes you have it, sometimes you don't. For the most part this season, Mike Maroth has been on, providing solid starts for the Tigers all year long.

That didn't happen though on Sunday, as Maroth struggled some. Maroth ended up allowing 5 runs on 10 hits in 7 innings of work, striking out 2 and walking 2.

The 5 runs were too much for the Tigers to overcome, as Gil Meche gave up 3 runs in 6 2/3 innings. J.J. Putz pitched the 9th inning for his 3rd save of the season.

At the plate, it was the man rumored to be asked for in return for Gil Meche, Brandon Inge, leading the way for Detroit. Inge went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI - although his 2 RBI came on a pop-up that should have easily been caught. Nook Logan went 2-for-4 in the leadoff spot for the Tigers, and Eric Munson also had an RBI groundout.

The Mariners got a big day from Willie Bloomquist, who from the bottom of the order went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, including his first Home Run of the season. Raul Ibanez also had 2 hits and a run for the Mariners.

The Tigers, back at 7 games under .500, will face the White Sox once again, this time back at Comerica Park. On Monday the Tigers will send out Jeremy Bonderman to face Jose Contreras. Game time is 7:05pm.

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