Bonderman, Detroit’s staff ace, pitched his third complete game of the season last Thursday at Toronto, but didn’t receive much support in a tough 2-1 loss to the Blue Jays. The right-hander, who has already established a career high for victories with 13, allowed just four hits, including a two-run homer to Frank Catalanotto in the opening inning that proved to be the difference.
“I don’t want to talk about first innings. I want to talk about the game,” Bonderman said. “I made one bad pitch and I got beat.”
The Tigers have scored a total of five runs during Bonderman’s losing streak. He has yielded two earned runs or fewer in five of his last eight starts, but is only 4-4 during that stretch.
A 19-game loser as a rookie in 2003, the 22-year-old right-hander went 11-13 last year before breaking through with his best season thus far in 2005. He leads the Detroit staff in wins, ERA (3.96), strikeouts (128) and innings (163 2-3).
The Tigers rallied for a 7-6 victory in Monday’s series opener, but squandered a ninth-inning lead in Tuesday’s wild 10-7, 10-inning defeat.
David Ortiz hit the tying homer in the ninth for Boston, which scored seven times in the top of the 10th before holding on after Craig Monroe hit a grand slam with two out in the bottom of the inning.
The Tigers had a three-game winning streak snapped.