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Tiger now 1-9, snaps 11-game losing streak

5/24/2003

CHICAGO (AP) -- Mike Maroth doesn't plan on stopping after his
long-awaited first win of the season.

Maroth won for the first time in 10 decisions this season,
pitching seven strong innings in the Detroit Tigers' 3-2 victory
over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

"It only took 11 starts," he said. "It's not what I planned
on."

Maroth (1-9) gave up three hits, two walks and struck out three
to snap an 11-game losing streak. He won for the first time since
Sept. 16, 2002, against Kansas City.

"It's good to get the monkey off the back, so to speak. I'm
going to really enjoy it," he said. "I've got to plan on putting
up Ws. I just can't settle for one."

Although he had yet to record a win, Maroth had several strong
outings before Friday. He took a no-hitter into the eighth inning
against Baltimore on May 1 before giving up four earned runs and
taking the loss.

"Mike Maroth deserved this. He's deserved this for a while,"
Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "We are very happy for him, to
get that off his back."

Dmitri Young hit an RBI double off Kelly Wunsch to score Ramon Santiago with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning.

Santiago reached against Tom Gordon (2-4) on a throwing error by
third baseman Joe Crede and scored when left fielder Carlos Lee
broke late on Young's liner over his head.

"In these kinds of games little things like that hurt you,"
said Chicago bench coach Joe Nossek, managing the White Sox because
Jerry Manuel was serving a one-game suspension.

Nossek said Maroth "can put a good game together."

"They wouldn't keep sending him out there if he wasn't
capable," he said. "Unfortunately, it happened to be us to go
down for his first win."

Chris Spurling pitched two scoreless innings for his second save
for the Tigers, who won their second straight game to improve to
11-35.

Chicago starter Jon Garland held the Tigers to four hits and two
runs over six innings. Garland didn't give up a hit until the
fourth inning when Bobby Higginson hit a bloop over Garland's head
that died on the grass.

The White Sox scored in the first when Magglio Ordonez doubled
to the gap in right-center to drive in Frank Thomas.

The Tigers tied it up in the fifth when Gene Kingsale singled
home Brandon Inge from second. Inge reached base when Sox shortstop
Jose Valentin bobbled a potential double-play ball, limiting him to
a force out at second.

Chicago jumped right back in front when Crede led off the bottom
half with a home run that landed near the back of the left field
bleachers.

Detroit tied it up in the sixth when Higginson doubled, advanced
to third on a flyout and scored on Carlos Pena's sacrifice fly.

Game notes
Higginson is 9-for-15 with two home runs lifetime against
Garland. ... Chicago's Joe Borchard, called up from Triple-A
Charlotte on Friday, went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. ...
Left-handed batters are 1-for-22 against Wunsch.