Maroth tough again


DETROIT – Brandon Inge and Craig Monroe homered and Mike Maroth pitched six strong innings as the Detroit Tigers won their fifth straight game, 4-1 over the Kansas City Royals.

The Tigers are 5-0 on their current homestand, having outscored the Minnesota Twins and Royals by a combined 40-4. The final games of the homestand will be against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday and Thursday.

Kansas City has lost five straight and is 0-11 on the road this season.

Maroth (4-1) allowed one run, four hits and a walk in six innings and lowered his ERA to 1.78. Maroth has allowed more than one run in one of his five starts this season. In Detroit’s last 14 games, its starting pitchers are 10-3 with a 1.87 ERA.

Three Detroit relievers finished, with Todd Jones pitching the ninth for his fifth save in as many tries.

Former Tiger Mark Redman (0-2) gave up three runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings. He walked two and struck out one.

The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on Inge’s 436-foot homer to left. Inge was hitting .176 over his last 18 games, and had even changed lockers in the Detroit clubhouse to try to break the slump.

The Royals scored on Reggie Sanders’ RBI double in the sixth, but the Tigers came back with a run in the bottom of the inning.

Inge led off with a single, took second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a groundout by Magglio Ordonez.

Monroe made it 4-1 in the seventh against Joel Peralta with his seventh homer of the year.

Notes: Tigers DH Dmitri Young (leg) will play two rehab games with Double-A Erie this week, and hopes to rejoin the team during the weekend series in Minnesota. … Royals DH Mike Sweeney returned to Kansas City after aggravating a back injury on Monday. He is expected to go on the disabled list on Wednesday. … The Royals fired hitting coach Andre David after Monday’s loss and replaced him with minor league instructor Mike Barnett. … The start of the game was delayed 19 minutes by rain. … Since leaving the Tigers after the 2002 season, Redman has played for four teams – Florida, Oakland, Pittsburgh and Kansas City.

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