Rays top Tigers 4-1

As the Tigers wrap up their 2004 campaign, they certainly don't appear to be putting forth their best effort. Mike Maroth, in his final start of the season, gave a solid effort, but the rest of the squad didn't appear ready to back him up.

It was a bad way for Mike Maroth to finish up his season - who has been arguably the Tigers most consistent starter all year long.

Maroth went 7 innings, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits, with 4 strikeouts and a walk. Roberto Novoa pitched the final 2 innings without allowing a run, but on a day where the offense didn't come to play, 4 runs would be plenty for Tampa Bay.

It might have been that the offense didn't come to play, or it might have been that Rob Bell just was on in his final start of the season. Bell pitched a complete game 4-hitter, allowing just 1 unearned run in the 9th.

Ivan Rodriguez drove in that lone run via a double in the 9th that scored Omar Infante. There was little else to talk about offensively, although Curtis Granderson did add a triple, unfortunately no runs came of it.

For the Rays, Rocco Baldelli hit his 16th Home Run of the season. Jorge Cantu also went 2-for-4 with a run.

At 71-89, the Tigers have just 2 games remaining in the season. The second to last game comes on Saturday, with Gary Knotts facing Rays youngster Scott Kazmir. Game time is 7:05pm.


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