Despite all of the Tigers’ troubles on the road, even if they lose this afternoon, they’ll have a 3-3 split in their west coast trip against Oakland and Angels. They did it with another nice win last night. Jarrod Washburn made one mistake (three run home run) that put the Tigers down but he pitched a solid game outside of that. Then the pen threw three shutout innings and the bats came through with some timely hits to give the Tigers a 4 1/2 game lead (five in the loss column) in the AL Central. The only bad news is the resurgance of the Twins, who have won five straight and who are now tied with the White Sox at an even 63-63 record.
Miguel Carbera had another nice game. He put the Tigers on the board in the first when he pushed home Placido Polanco on a ground out in the top of the first. Then he belted a solo shot in the fifth to tie the game at 3-3. The Tigers then took the lead in the top of the seventh with a somewhat rare event when Curtis Granderson and Placido Polanco hit back to back triples. Polanco later scored an insurance run on a sac. fly by Magglio Ordonez.
Jarrod Washburn gave up the three runs in six innings and he improved to 9-7. Zach Miner walked four in 1 2/3 shutout innings while Fernando Rodney got into trouble in the ninth (first and second with nobody out) but he pitched out of it to earn his 28th save of the season.
One more game before the Tigers come home to take on the Rays in a wrap around series. It’ll be Edwin Jackson going up against Joe Saunders.