DETROIT (AP) -- Nate Robertson was tough on the team that drafted
him, especially when he was in a jam.
He pitched four-hit ball for eight innings and Ivan Rodriguez
had two hits and an RBI against his former team, lifting the
Detroit Tigers to their fourth straight win, 6-2 over the Florida
Marlins on Saturday night.
"It's been a good week for us, we're playing some good
baseball," Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. "We have a chance
for a sweep, something we haven't done for awhile."
Rodriguez, the star catcher who helped Florida to a surprising
World Series title last October, went 2-for-4 for the second
straight game against the Marlins.
Robertson (5-3) allowed the first two runners to reach base in
the third, fourth and fifth innings, but got out of the jam each
time by getting a double play. He struck out three, walked two and
has won his last three decisions.
"Getting ground balls is my kind of game," said Robertson, who
was drafted by Florida. "Tonight is what I pride myself in.
Getting out of tough situations."
Robertson pitched six games for the Marlins in 2002, before
being dealt to the Tigers in January, 2003.
Jeff Conine and Alex Gonzalez singled to start the third. But
Abraham Nunez bunted into a double play while attempting a
sacrifice. Robertson caught the popup and threw to shortstop Carlos
Guillen to double off Conine. Luis Castillo then ended the inning
by bouncing into a force play.
Robertson hit Mike Redmond and walked Conine to begin the fifth.
But after Gonzalez's fly to right sent Redmond to third, Nunez
bounced into a 5-4-3 double play.
"We had our chances," Florida manager Jack McKeoon said.
"Three innings first and second nobody out. Three double plays."
Castillo led off the ninth with a homer off Jamie Walker, who
then hit a batter and gave up a single after a fly out. After a
double steal, Esteban Yan relieved and gave up a run on Easley's
grounder. Redmond then hit an infield single to put runners on
first and third.
Ugueth Urbina entered and got Conine to fly to center field for
his 10th save in 11 chances.
Brad Penny (6-4) gave up four runs -- three earned -- six hits and
struck out 10 in seven innings.
"It's better than giving up 10 runs," said Penny, who had
allowed one run and four hits through six innings. "But a loss is
a loss and it's not fun to lose."
Rodriguez's run-scoring single gave the Tigers the early lead in
the first after Alex Sanchez, who led off with a triple into the
Detroit added three in the seventh on Omar Infante's RBI single
and Penny's throwing error on Sanchez's bunt, which allowed two
runs to score.
Rondell White had an RBI double and Brandon Inge added a
sacrifice fly to make it 6-0.
^Notes:@ Lowell is hitless in 21 at-bats. ... Rodriguez stretched
his hitting streak to 11 games (23-for-46). He is also 25-for-52
over his last 13 games. ... Easley started at first base for only
the second time in his career. ... Nunez hit into three double