Nate Robertson threw a gem tonight against the Orioles as the left hander threw 7 1/3 shutout innings. He gave up just four hits and a walk with five strikeouts. The lone Oriole run was a solo homerun by Corey Patterson off of Joel Zumaya.
The Tigers did the bulk of their damage in a crazy sixth inning. Neifi Perez led off with a single and then Curtis Granderson drew a walk. Placido Polanco was trying to push them both over with a bunt but he ended up beating it out instead to load the bases. Gary Sheffield struck out and then Magglio Ordonez hit a sharp grounder to short in what looked like a tailor made double play only Polanco got down to second quick enough to cause Brian Roberts to throw it away. Two runs scored and the rest is history.
The Tigers added a third run in the eighth when Curtis Granderson stretched a single into a double, moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on Placido Polanco’s sac. fly.
Justin Verlander gets the start tomorrow in the rubber game. He’ll face Adam Loewen, who’s never pitched against the Tigers before in his brief career.