Maroth, Tigers cruise past Tribe 3-1

After a rough weekend in Chicago, the Tigers got off to a good start for their next series with Cleveland at Comerica Park. Mike Maroth gave the team an excellent performance from the mound, while Dmitri Young and Brandon Inge each hit a long ball to pace the offense.

Mike Maroth continues to be steady for the Tigers, as he turned in another solid performance for the team against Cleveland on Monday night.

Maroth pitched 6 2/3 innings, never giving up a run, while allowing 6 hits and 2 walks to go with 3 strikeouts. He's now tied for the team lead with 12 wins. Al Levine and Jamie Walker each got holds, while Esteban Yan got the final 4 outs for his 6th save.

Indians' starter Scott Elarton certainly didn't pitch poorly, allowing 3 runs in 5 innings. But on a day where Maroth was on, 3 runs allowed wasn't going to get the job done.

At the plate, Dmitri Young had a 2-run blast in the 1st inning, while Brandon Inge added a solo shot in the 4th. Craig Monroe didn't provide any run production, but did go 3-for-4.

For the Indians, Travis Hafner drove in the team's lone run, a single off Jamie Walker, right after Walker replaced Levine in the 8th.

With the win, the Tigers got their 68th win of the season, giving them 25 more than they had in 2003. Plus, they still have 13 games left to continue to improve on that.

First off is two more games with the Indians. Gary Knotts will go up against Francisco Cruceta, who will make his big league debut for the Indians. Game time is 7:05pm.

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