Tigers end year with 7-4 loss

The Tigers started the year off with a surprising shutout victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, but ended it on a down note with a 7-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Nate Robertson, who actually recorded a save for pitching the final 3 innings in the Blue Jays' game, struggled through 5 innings to take the loss for the Tigers.

Nate Robertson started out strong, but faded as the season wore on. While this fade didn't knock the Tigers out of playoff contention, it will definitely leave some questioning whether or not he'll be a starter long term for the team.

Robertson lost his 3rd straight decision on Sunday afternoon, giving up 6 runs (5 earned) in 5 innings of work. John Ennis, Roberto Novoa, and Jamie Walker closed it out for the Tigers.

The Rays sent former Mariner John Halama to the mound, and Halama did well against the Tigers, giving up just 2 runs over 5 innings to get his 7th win of the year.

At the plate, Brandon Inge had a solo Home Run - his 13th of the year. The up the middle pair of Ryan Raburn and Omar Infante each had a pair of hits, with Raburn also scoring a run, and Infante also driving 1 in. Nook Logan also had 3 hits, a run and an RBI.

Tampa got a big game out of Rocco Baldelli, who went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. Julio Lugo also had 2 hits and 2 runs, with Jose Cruz, Jr. chipping in 2 hits and an RBI.

The Tigers, obviously not qualifying for the playoffs, wrap up their season at 72-90, which marks a 29-game improvement over their 2003 season. Over the next 2 weeks, TigsTown.com will recap the year that was, handing out grades to all the players and give a look into what to expect this offseason.

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