Make it 72! Tigers win 5-1

After a poor showing on Friday night, the Tigers came to play on Saturday night, and came away with a 5-1 win, on the backs of a strong pitching performance from Gary Knotts and big days at the plate from their corner Outfielders; Marcus Thames and Craig Monroe.

Gary Knotts certainly isn't guaranteed a spot in the rotation for 2005 - but he sure will leave a good lasting impression. Knotts improved his record to 7-6 on the season, going 7 2/3 innings, giving up a run on 4 hits, including 4 strikeouts.

Steve Colyer and Franklyn German, a pair of relievers who have had plenty of opportunities with the big league club but have yet to take advantage of them, closed it out.

Opposite Knotts, Scott Kazmir continued to show glimpses of greatness, but at the same that he's still not ready to display such. Kazmir gave up 4 runs in 6 innings.

At the plate, Marcus Thames had a big night, going 3-for-3 with 2 Home Runs and 3 RBI. Thames' 2 Home Runs give him 10 on the year, making him the 11th player for the club to reach double digits in Home Runs - the most players ever for a big league club. Craig Monroe also had a 2-run Home Run.

For the Rays, Jorge Cantu drove in Brook Fordyce for the team's lone run.

The season all comes to an end at Comerica Park on Sunday afternoon, with Nate Robertson taking on John Halama. The afternoon game starts at 1:05pm.


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