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Tigers (19-61) avoided tying dubious milestone

6/30/2003

DETROIT (AP) -- Mike Maroth gave up two runs over seven innings
as the Detroit Tigers ended a nine-game losing streak with a 6-2
victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.

With the win, the Tigers (19-61) avoided tying the 1904
Washington Senators for the worst 80-game start since 1901.

Maroth (3-12) allowed eight hits and a walk. He struck out four
to improve to 2-1 in his last four starts.

Chris Mears, who made his major league debut in Sunday's loss to
Arizona, pitched two perfect innings in relief.

Cory Lidle (10-6) lost his second straight start, giving up six
runs on eight hits and two walks in six-plus innings.

Toronto took a 1-0 lead on Shannon Stewart's sacrifice fly in
the fifth, but Detroit came back with five runs in the bottom of
the inning.

Ramon Santiago led off with a walk and scored on A.J. Hinch's
first homer as a Tiger, a long drive into the left-field stands.
His last homer came with the Royals last Sept. 2.

Andres Torres and Alex Sanchez followed with back-to-back bunt
singles, and Warren Morris made it 3-1 with an RBI double down the
right-field line. Dmitri Young and Kevin Witt added consecutive
sacrifice flies to give the Tigers a four-run lead.

Vernon Wells made it 5-2 with a seventh-inning RBI single, but
Maroth struck out Carlos Delgado with runners on the corners to end
the inning.

Detroit added an insurance run in the seventh on Eric Munson's
pinch-hit RBI single.

Game notes
Wells' two singles gave him 200 total bases for the season.
He remains on pace to break Delgado's team record of 378. ...
Detroit's five-run fifth inning matched a season high. ... The
Tigers had three bunt singles in the game, two by Sanchez. ... Tom
Wilson was the victim of spectacular defensive plays in
back-to-back at-bats. 1B Carlos Pena made a running catch of his
sixth-inning pop-up and RF Torres made a diving catch on his
sinking liner in the eighth.