The losses aren’t the only things mounting for Jason Johnson.
The right-hander will try to shake off a bothersome hip injury and end a personal four-game losing streak when the Detroit Tigers continue their three-game series with the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
Johnson, who is 0-4 in five starts since 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on July 29, gave up two earned runs and nine hits over five innings in Thursday’s 4-1 loss at Boston. He had left his previous start in the second inning due to a strained hip—an injury that flared up again at Fenway Park.
“I strained my right hip the last start and it bothered me every time I tried to throw a curveball,” said Johnson, who struck out five and walked two.
Despite his recent struggles, Johnson has yielded three earned runs or fewer in four of his last six outings, lowering his ERA to a team-low 4.46.
The Tigers took Tuesday’s series opener 9-1 behind left-hander Nate Robertson’s first career complete game. Craig Monroe homered and drove in five runs for Detroit, which ended a four-game losing streak.
All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez returned from a three-game absence due to flulike symptoms and hit a two-run homer. It was Rodriguez’s 17th homer and the 1,000th run he has scored in his career.
Calvin Pickering hit his fourth homer for the Royals, who have lost 10 of 12.