Detroit (13-12) at Los Angeles (15-10)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Mon May 3, 2004
  • TV: FSW
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No one would have given Detroit starter Mike Maroth much of a chance of beating Bartolo Colon last season. This year, however, things are different.

After beating Colon in his last outing, Maroth looks to do it again as the Tigers open a three-game series in Anaheim.

Maroth allowed just two earned runs and six hits in seven innings of Wednesday’s 10-2 win over the Angels.

The left-hander is now 3-1 after starting last season 0-9 en route to becoming baseball’s first 20-game loser since Brian Kingman in 1980.

“It feels great just to be able to start my year like this,” said Maroth, who finished with a 9-21 record last season. “I don’t want to change anything. I’m enjoying this.”

The win made Maroth the first Detroit pitcher to win three times in April since 1999, when Jeff Weaver, Brian Moehler and Justin Thompson all did it.

“As tough as last year was on him on a personal basis, he was still out there competing,” Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s got a good makeup and the ability to win. You saw that tonight. He pitched a terrific game against us.”

Colon, on the other hand, didn’t fare as well, allowing seven earned runs and seven hits in just four innings.

“Every pitch that I threw was high and the hitters took advantage of it and made me pay for it,” said Colon, who was acquired by the Angels in the offseason as a free agent.

The outing was easily the worst of the season for the veteran right-hander, who had not given up more than three runs in his previous four starts.

“He was just off tonight,” Scioscia said. “He threw a lot of pitches every inning and he was really having to work hard. It just wasn’t his night.”

The Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 on Sunday, wrapping up their nine-game road trip with a 7-2 record. Jose Guillen hit a two-run single in the eighth inning to break a tie.

The Tigers lost 12-2 to the Seattle Mariners Sunday for their fifth loss in seven games. Eric Munson doubled for Detroit, snapping an 0-for-13 slump.

The Tigers entered the three-game series with more runs than any other AL team, but managed just seven against the Mariners. They have scored just 10 runs since Wednesday’s win.

“Teams are starting to make adjustments on us right now,” catcher Brandon Inge said. “We just have to make adjustments right back.”

STANDINGS (through May 1): Tigers - 3rd place, 2 1/2 GB, AL Central. Angels - 2nd place, 1 GB, AL West.

TIGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Maroth (3-1, 3.58 ERA). Maroth is 1-1 with a 6.35 ERA in three career starts against the Angels.

ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Colon (3-2, 4.06 ERA). Colon is 8-6 with a 4.93 ERA in 16 career starts against the Tigers.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Tigers - Ivan Rodriguez, .356 avg.; Rondell White, 5 HRs, 22 RBIs and 20 runs; Alex Sanchez, 4 SBs. Angels - Vladimir Guerrero, .323 avg. and 18 runs; Troy Glaus, 7 HRs and 20 RBIs; Chone Figgins, 7 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Angels, 2-1.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Tigers - CF Sanchez walked for the first time this season when he led off in the first Sunday. He had gone 76 plate appearances without receiving a pass. … C Rodriguez was away from the team Sunday to attend to what manager Alan Trammell called a personal matter. However, he will be back in time for Monday’s game. … OF Bobby Higginson went 0-for-10 in the Seattle series and is hitless in his last 12 at-bats. Angels - The Angels’ 11-5 road record is the best in the majors. … Scioscia said that SS David Eckstein, who has missed five games with a strained right groin, was probable to start Monday. He was available for Sunday’s game, but was not used. … 3B Glaus (sore left shoulder) started his second game at designated hitter, but Scioscia said he would return to third base “any day.”

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Tigers - 6-4 on the road; Angels - 4-5 at home.

INJURIES: Tigers - INF Dmitri Young (leg), 15-day DL; RHP Fernando Rodney (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Lino Urdaneta (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Chris Spurling (elbow), 60-day DL. Angels - OF Garret Anderson (back), 15-day DL; OF Tim Salmon (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Brendan Donnelly (nose), 15-day DL; RHP Greg Jones (shoulder), 15-day DL.

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M. Maroth Min vs. B. Colón NYM
11-13 Record 18-12
4.31 ERA 5.01
108 K 158
59 BB 71
1.40 WHIP 1.37