Another blown lead as Tigers lose 7-5

Another good start wasted by poor pitching from the bullpen. In yet more evidence that the Tigers will have to revamp their bullpen this offseason, there was another blown save on Friday night, again by Esteban Yan. It wasted a good outing by Jason Johnson and a solid all around effort from the rest of the team.

Jason Johnson had struggled mightily as of late, but gave a good showing on Friday night against his former team.

Johnson went 6 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 9 hits, including 9 strikeouts. Jamie Walker closed out the 7th, and all went well in the 8th, but Esteban Yan wasn't able to close out the game in the 9th.

Bruce Chen started for the Orioles and allowed the Tigers to get a lead, giving up 5 runs in 5 2/3 innings. But unlike the Tigers, their bullpen buckled down and didn't allow a run the rest of the way.

At the plate, Carlos Pena belted his team-leading 26th Home Run, as he continues to solidify his spot as the team's starting First Baseman in 2005. Ivan Rodriguez also went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Marcus Thames and Omar Infante each had a hit, a run and an RBI.

The Orioles big performer was obviously Miguel Tejada, whose 3-run Home Run in the 9th won it. Tejada finished 4-for-5 with 4 RBI. Javy Lopez, the team's other big free agent addition this past offseason, also did well at the plate, going 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, including his 21st Home Run.

The two teams face off again on Saturday at Camden Yards, with Jeremy Bonderman facing Matt Riley. Game time is 4:35pm.


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