Twins top Tigers 4-1

The Tigers had an incredible up-and-down day on Thursday, taking arguably the worst beating in team history, then coming out a half hour later to shut out the Royals, led by Jeremy Bonderman. After getting rid of the pesky Royals, the Tigers hosted division-leading Minnesota. And just like Kansas City, the Tigers didn't have too much success.

Unlike Jason Johnson, Mike Maroth didn't pitch bad. And unlike Jeremy Bonderman, he didn't pitch well either. Rather, he had a mediocre outing, where on a big day from the offense he'd be the winner, and a low production game, he'd be a loser.

The Tigers only scored a run, and that in turn handed Maroth his 11th loss.

Maroth went 6 2/3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits. He also struggled a bit with his control, walking 4 batters (he also struck out 3). Al Levine and Jamie Walker closed it out, but the offense was never able to catch up.

And that was largely due to Carlos Silva. Silva gave up 9 hits, but allowed just 1 run with 6 strikeouts. It was Silva's 11th win of the year. The bullpen then took over and shut the Tigers out for the final 3 innings, with Joe Nathan recording his 40th save.

Craig Monroe, Carlos Guillen and Brandon Inge each had 2 hits, but it wasn't enough to put enough runs on the board to top Minnesota.

Jacque Jones led the Twins, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. Christian Guzman added 2 hits also, and Terry Tiffee scored 2 runs and had an RBI.

The Tigers, at 64-75 will try and get the game back on Saturday at 7:05pm. Kyle Lohse will start for the Twins, and face Gary Knotts, who has taken Wilfredo Ledezma's place in the rotation.

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