Maroth, 5-0 with a 2.60 ERA in eight starts at Comerica Park this season, is coming off another excellent performance. The 26-year-old left-hander allowed four runs and eight hits over seven innings in a 13-4 win over Cleveland on Monday. He has a 2.45 ERA during his winning streak, which he kicked off with a one-hitter against the New York Yankees on July 16.
After finishing 9-21 last year, Maroth is 8-7 this season. He was the first pitcher in the majors to lose at least 20 games since Oakland’s Brian Kingman during the 1980 season.
The Tigers have taken the first two of this series, including Friday’s 5-4 decision. Dmitri Young homered and drove in two runs for the Tigers.
Detroit played without catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who sat out because of upper back spasms which forced him to leave Thursday night’s game in the third inning. Rodriguez is batting an AL-leading .352.
The White Sox have lost six in a row, and are four games behind first-place Minnesota in the AL Central.
Carlos Lee drove in two runs on Friday for Chicago, giving the left fielder 16 RBIs in his last 12 games.
The White Sox are batting .227 and have a .289 on-base percentage in July— each the lowest in the majors.
“Somebody’s got to step up,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “When you’re losing, everybody is looking for the worst thing (to happen).”