Series: Game 1 of 3

Detroit leads 1-0 (as of 5/23)

Game 1: Friday, May 23
Chi White Sox2
Game 2: Saturday, May 24
Chi White Sox0
Game 3: Sunday, May 25
in 12
Chi White Sox8

Tigers 3

(11-35, 8-18 away)

White Sox 2

(22-25, 15-11 home)

    8:05 PM ET, May 23, 2003

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: M. Maroth (1-9)

    L: T. Gordon (2-4)

    S: C. Spurling (2)

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

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

    Mike Maroth
    Starting Pitcher
    Detroit Tigers
    GM W L Sv K ERA
    10 1 9 0 32 5.40

    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.

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