DETROIT (AP) -- Matt Roney is adjusting to being a starting
Roney allowed just one infield hit in seven innings in his third
major league start, earning his first career win in the Detroit
Tigers' 5-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
"He pitched well. Good sinker, he mixed in his curveball and
his changeup well and he used his four-seam fastball," Toronto's
Eric Hinske said. "He throws 94-95, so he did well. We only got
one hit through seven innings. You have to tip your hat to him, he
pitched a good game."
The only hit off Roney came with two outs in the second inning
when Orlando Hudson hit a hard one-hopper that deflected off second
baseman Shane Halter's glove for a single. Roney retired the next
16 batters before being lifted for Fernando Rodney.
"Exactly what we needed. He got his first major league win and
we get our first series win at home," Tigers manager Alan Trammell
said. "It's July and I can't believe I'm saying that. But that's
Detroit's last series win at home was Aug. 9-11 last season,
when it took two of three from Baltimore.
Roney (1-2) began the game by throwing five straight balls,
walking leadoff hitter Shannon Stewart and falling behind Frank
"It was my first start here at home," said Roney, who made 22
relief appearances to start the season. "I guess I had butterflies
or something like that."
"He battled his control. It's not like he was all over the
place. He was just missing," Tigers catcher A.J. Hinch said. "He
struck out Myers to end the inning, it kind of built from there. He
started throwing first-pitch strikes."
Roney struck out four and walked two.
Mark Hendrickson (5-6) allowed five runs -- four earned -- and 10
hits in seven innings to take the loss. He struck out five and
didn't walk a batter.
"Not too high, not too low," he said. "I did some good things
in between the first and the eighth so I'll take what I can out of
The Tigers scored three runs with two outs in the first inning.
Dmitri Young singled and scored on Monroe's seventh home run of
the year. Carlos Pena then looped a single to left center and went
to second when Wells bobbled the ball for an error. Pena then
scored on Halter's single.
Santiago led off the eighth with his first homer since June 19,
2002, and Monroe added an RBI single.
"This is one of best hitting teams in the baseball and things
are going our way," Trammell said. "That hasn't been the case for
most of the year. Maybe it's starting to change a little but for
Toronto has been shut out three times this season. ...
Detroit's other shutout came May 24 against the White Sox. ...
Young has hit safely in eight straight games (13-for-29, .448) ...
Hinske is 4-for-22 (.192) since returning from the DL with a broken
hand June 26.