Detroit at Toronto

W: M. Maroth (2-0) L: T. Ohka (0-1)
S: J. Zumaya (1)
HR: DET - B. Inge (1)   TOR - A. Hill (2)

Inge provides HR, three RBI as Tigers win fifth time in six tries

CBS wire reports

TORONTO -- Even after going hitless in the first seven games of the season, Brandon Inge wasn't about to panic.

Inge homered and drove in three runs, and Mike Maroth limited Toronto to two runs in six innings to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Blue Jays 5-4 Thursday night for their fifth win in six games.

Inge hit a solo home run in the third, singled in a run in Detroit's three-run fourth and added a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

"I just stuck with it, you know," said Inge, who snapped a 0-for-20 slide with a fourth-inning single on Wednesday. "This game has so many ups and downs. I've learned over the years just don't panic, just keep doing what you're going to do and it'll eventually come around.

"I was starting to get a little frustrated because I felt fine the whole time," he added. "There's times when I go up to the plate and I just feel terrible but not once in this whole stretch I had did I feel terrible. I felt like I was seeing the ball well, I was hitting the ball on the sweet spot of the bat. I just wasn't getting any hits."

Tigers manager Jim Leyland saw signs that Inge was ready to break out during Detroit's series against Baltimore.

"You're starting to see him realize that you just can't pull everything," Leyland said. "You could see that starting to come. He's been working on it and tonight it paid big dividends."

Maroth (2-0) was limited to 13 games last season because of arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his left elbow. The 29-year-old left-hander allowed nine hits, walked two and struck out two.

"I did a good job of mixing my pitches tonight, more than I did my first start," Maroth said. "I wanted to use all my pitches and I did from the first inning all the way through the sixth inning. I used my curveball and my cutter more than I did my first outing."

Joel Zumaya pitched the last two innings for his first save and the second of his career. The first came July 11, 2006, also at Toronto, when he struck out four over three innings.

Detroit began the third with three straight hits off Tomo Ohka (0-1). Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen hit back-to-back doubles and Sean Casey singled, putting runners at second at third.

Guillen scored when second baseman Aaron Hill bobbled a grounder from Craig Monroe. One out later, Inge singled through the drawn-in infield to score Casey.

Hill hit a two-run homer in the fourth for Toronto.

Toronto added two more in the eighth against Jose Mesa, who was lifted after opening the inning with a walk and single.

Zumaya came on and sent his first pitch to the backstop, moving the runners up and allowing Gregg Zaun to deliver a sacrifice fly. One out later, pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay doubled home another run, drawing the Blue Jays within one. Zumaya escaped by striking out Alex Rios looking.

Blue Jays third baseman Troy Glaus left after two innings for what the team called "precautionary reasons." Glaus, who is day to day, has been bothered by a sore left heel. He was replaced by John McDonald.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Glaus won't play Friday and will see a doctor in the coming days.

"We'll know a little bit more tomorrow," Gibbons said. "He's banged up. We knew that coming in."

In Glaus' only at-bat, he ended the first by grounding into a bases-loaded double play.

The Blue Jays know they'll be in trouble if Glaus is sidelined for any length of time.

"There's a lot of concern," Lyle Overbay said. "You've just got to deal with it. You're going to go through those times. Hopefully it's a short-term thing instead of a long-term thing."

Ohka allowed five runs -- four earned -- and eight hits in six innings.


  • Detroit's Gary Sheffield snapped an 0-for-16 streak with a single in the first.
  • Reed Johnson (sore back) didn't start for the Blue Jays.
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Detroit's Mike Maroth, coming off an injury-marred '06 season, throws six sharp innings against Toronto.  (AP)
Detroit's Mike Maroth, coming off an injury-marred '06 season, throws six sharp innings against Toronto. (AP)

Players of the Game

B. Inge
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

A. Hill
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4000133 .250
Placido Polanco, 2B5020002 .375
Gary Sheffield, RF3010201 .125
Magglio Ordonez, DH5110024 .229
Carlos Guillen, SS4111102 .294
Sean Casey, 1B4220002 .233
Craig Monroe, LF4001001 .233
Mike Rabelo, C4000000 .000
Brandon Inge, 3B3123000 .107
2B - Placido Polanco (1, Marcum), Magglio Ordonez (3, Ohka), Carlos Guillen (4, Ohka)
HR - Brandon Inge (1, Ohka)
SF - Brandon Inge (1)
RBI - Carlos Guillen (3), Craig Monroe (8), Brandon Inge 3 (3)
SB - Gary Sheffield (1, 2nd base off Accardo/Zaun)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Guillen-Polanco-Casey
Detroit Tigers
Mike Maroth (W,2-0) 6922221 4.91
Jose Mesa (H,1) 1222120 15.43
Joel Zumaya (S,1) 2100020 1.35
WP - Joel Zumaya (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Maroth 107-59, Jose Mesa 26-14, Joel Zumaya 27-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Maroth 9-5, Joel Zumaya 2-2
Batters Faced - Mike Maroth 27, Jose Mesa 6, Joel Zumaya 7
Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Rios, RF5020013 .333
Matt Stairs, LF4010123 .200
Vernon Wells, CF5010013 .297
Frank Thomas, DH4000113 .229
Troy Glaus, 3B1000001 .333
    John McDonald, 3B2120000 .500
   a- Jason Smith, PH-3B0100100 .333
Aaron Hill, 2B4222011 .400
Gregg Zaun, C3021000 .259
Royce Clayton, SS4000002 .308
Jason Phillips, 1B3010000 .500
   b- Lyle Overbay, PH-1B1011000 .243
a-walked for McDonald in the 8th
b-doubled for Phillips in the 8th
2B - Vernon Wells (5, Maroth), John McDonald (1, Maroth), Gregg Zaun (2, Maroth), Lyle Overbay (5, Zumaya)
HR - Aaron Hill (2, Maroth)
SF - Gregg Zaun (1)
RBI - Aaron Hill 2 (11), Gregg Zaun (7), Lyle Overbay (5)
2-OUT RBI - Lyle Overbay (1)
Team LOB - 9
DP - McDonald-Phillips
E - Aaron Hill (4, Misplayed grounder), Tomo Ohka (1, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
Tomo Ohka (L,0-1) 6854121 7.84
Jeremy Accardo 1000210 0.00
Victor Zambrano 1000000 3.00
Scott Downs 0.1000010 0.00
Shaun Marcum 0.2100110 3.86
IBB - Guillen by Jeremy Accardo
Pitches-Strikes - Tomo Ohka 85-54, Jeremy Accardo 19-7, Victor Zambrano 12-8, Scott Downs 3-3, Shaun Marcum 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tomo Ohka 10-7, Jeremy Accardo 2-0, Victor Zambrano 1-2, Shaun Marcum 1-0
Batters Faced - Tomo Ohka 28, Jeremy Accardo 5, Victor Zambrano 3, Scott Downs 1, Shaun Marcum 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20416
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Mike Reilly