Mike Maroth didn’t get much help from Detroit’s offense last season while becoming the first pitcher in 23 years to lose 20 games.
So far this season, however, the Tigers have been doing plenty to help the young left-hander rebound.
Maroth looks to avoid his first defeat of the season as the Tigers continue a four-game series with the Cleveland Indians at Jacobs Field.
Maroth gave up three earned runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings Sunday in Detroit’s 6-5, 10-inning win over Minnesota.
“I didn’t get the win, but we did, and that’s all that matters,” said Maroth, who lost 21 games last year to become the first pitcher to drop 20 since Oakland’s Brian Kingman in 1980.
“This year, we are expecting to win games like this—we think we have a chance every day. Last year, after we lost so many games early, we went out there with the attitude of waiting for something bad to happen, but that’s gone now.”
The Tigers started last season 0-9 en route to an AL-record 119 losses. Maroth turned in 14 quality starts—six or more innings with three or fewer earned runs allowed—but won only five of them.
Maroth won his first start of this season 7-3 on April 6, giving up just three earned runs and five hits in five innings. He has won three straight decisions dating to last season.
The Tigers lost 10-3 to the Indians Friday, dropping consecutive games for the first time this season.
Cleveland’s Jody Gerut had a home run, three doubles and a single for Cleveland, which has won just two of its last seven.
Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Detroit.