Seattle (45-76) at Detroit (58-64)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Sun Aug 22, 2004
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Mike Maroth has gone from 21-game loser to staff ace for the Detroit Tigers.

He’ll shoot for his team-leading 11th win of the year when the Tigers try to complete a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park.

Maroth, who became the first pitcher since Oakland’s Brian Kingman in 1980 to lose 20 games last season, has shaken off the infamous accomplishment in impressive fashion. He is unbeaten in his last seven starts, going 5-0 while yielding three earned runs or fewer in all but one of those outings.

On Tuesday, Maroth earned his 10th win of the year on his 27th birthday with an 11-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox. The left-hander allowed three earned runs and nine hits over 5 1-3 innings, striking out one and walking four to surpass his win total from all of last year.

“All you can ask a pitcher is to give you a chance to win,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “He mixed his pitches enough and he did his job.”

Maroth became the first Detroit pitcher to reach double digits in wins in three years. Teammate Nate Robertson reached the 10-win mark three days later in an 8-3 victory over Seattle.

Maroth has been especially sharp at Comerica this year, going 5-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 10 starts. Last year, he went 3-12 with a 5.08 ERA in 17 home starts.

Craig Monroe’s RBI single in the bottom of the 11th scored Carlos Guillen with the winning run Saturday as Detroit pulled out a wild 11-10 win.

Ivan Rodriguez went 4-for-5 and Guillen had a pair of bases-clearing doubles for six RBIs as the Tigers won their third straight.

The teams combined for a Comerica Park-record 36 hits, including 21 by Seattle.

Ichiro Suzuki continued his offensive assault with four hits, two runs scored and two RBIs for the Mariners, who have lost three straight and six of eight.

Suzuki, the majors’ leading batter, has seven hits in the first two games of the series, and is hitting .446 lifetime at Comerica Park. He needs only four more hits to become the first player every with at least 200 in each of his first four seasons.

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