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Maroth defeats D-Backs in second career start

6/15/2002

PHOENIX (AP) -- In his second major league start, Detroit's Mike Maroth outpitched Curt Schilling and beat the World Series champions.

The 24-year-old left-hander even got a hit -- off Schilling no
less-- in the first game in which he's swung a bat since high
school.

Maroth allowed five hits in eight innings and Wendell Magee hit
the first inside-the-park home run at Bank One Ballpark as the
Tigers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3 on Friday night, spoiling
Schilling's bid for a major league-best 13th victory.

"Obviously, I couldn't ask for much more,'' Maroth said. "I
know I can pitch that way. To actually do it is icing on the
cake.''

Magee's homer came when right fielder Jose Guillen made a
running catch deep in the corner, then slammed his head onto the
warning track and lay still with his glove up in the air, thinking
the ball was still there. Instead, it was next to him in his cap.

"It was a weird play,'' Schilling said.

Despite a 24-41 record, the Tigers have beaten Pedro Martinez,
Javier Vazquez and Schilling.

"This is the way we are,'' manager Luis Pujols said. "That's
our club.''

Robert Fick extended his hitting streak to 16 games by going
3-for-4 with a home run. Fick and Brandon Inge hit consecutive home
runs off reliever Greg Swindell in the eighth inning.

"This team is going to be a tough matchup for a pitcher who
throws strikes, because they are a hacking bunch,'' Arizona manager
Bob Brenly said. "Curt's a guy who throws a lot of strikes, and
they got him a couple of times.''

Schilling (12-2) struck out 10 in six innings but allowed four
runs on eight hits in his first loss in 11 starts. He was 9-0 in 10
outings since losing to St. Louis on April 17.

Maroth (1-0) didn't allow a run in his first 13 innings in the
big leagues. He threw seven scoreless innings but got no decision
in Detroit's 2-1 loss against Philadelphia last Saturday. He
blanked the Diamondbacks through six innings before Guillen's RBI
single in the seventh.

He gave up a leadoff single and a walk in the ninth before he
was relieved by Jamie Walker.

Juan Acevedo came in after Walker gave up an RBI single. He got
three outs for his 10th save in 11 chances.

Maroth retired the first 12 batters before Greg Colbrunn's
infield single to start the fifth.

Detroit took the lead in the third when Magee hit one deep down
the right field line, where Guillen chased it down.

As Guillen lay on his back holding the glove in the air, first
base umpire Mark Wegner ran to the play and called Magee out. But
Detroit reliever Jeff Farnsworth, standing a few feet away in the
bullpen, pointed to the ball in Guillen's hat, and Wegner changed
the call to safe.

By then, the Diamondbacks defense had stopped and Magee had
started across the infield from third base. When he saw the safe
sign, he ran back to third, then scored.

"When I hit my head so hard, it was kind of hurting my
memory,'' Guillen said. "As soon as I don't see the ball in the
glove, I said, 'Oh my God, where's the ball?''' Guillen said.
"When I turned back and looked. It was inside my hat.''

Replays showed that Guillen had the ball, stumbled a couple of
steps, then dropped it as he fell to the ground.

The Tigers made it 4-0 in the fifth, when Dmitri Young, who
struck out in his first two at bats, doubled on Schilling's 0-2
pitch with two outs to drive in two runs.

"Tonight it came down to one pitch,'' Schilling said. "I had
an 0-2 count to Dmitri Young and in hindsight I made the wrong
pitch in the wrong spot. I left it way too much over the plate. It
was a bad mistake. It was a ridiculous mistake. But that's the way
it goes sometimes.''

Randall Simon followed with an RBI single. Maroth singled,
surprising himself and everyone else.

"My first time up I fouled one off and I thought that was
pretty good,'' he said.

Magee doubled with two outs to put runners on second and third
for Young.

Arizona scored in the seventh when Alex Cintron and Luis
Gonzalez singled, then Guillen singled them across. Steve Finley
lined out to end the inning.

Game notes
The Tigers have won four of their last six road games but
are just 8-22 overall away from home. ... Maroth was 8-1 for
Triple-A Toledo. He moved into the rotation when Seth Greisinger
was optioned to Toledo. ... RHP Duaner Sanchez, called up from
Double-A El Paso when Arizona put Junior Spivey on the DL Friday,
pitched a scoreless seventh inning. ... The Tigers have 44
inside-the-park home runs in their history. ... The Tigers struck
out 14 times.