I got home late and missed much of the game today but I caught the end of it. The Tigers shutout the Astros 4-0 as Nate Robertson outdueled Roger Clemens. The Tigers broke a scoreless tie when they scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th. Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen walked with one out. Dan Wheeler then replaced Clemens and allowed a two run double by Craig Monroe, the second run scoring on a throwing error by shortstop Adam Everett. Another run scored when Brandon Inge reached on a Morgan Ensberg fielding error.
Robertson pitched 7 innings allowing 3 hits and 6 walks and lowered his ERA to 3.14 which is 3rd lowest in the league. Robertson narrowly escaped in the 7th after his own throwing error allowed Preston Wislson to get to third with nobody out. He proceeded to get the Astros 1-2-3. Joel Zumaya also created a problem for himself by allowing the first two runners to reach in the 8th. He also retired three in a row to get out of it. Todd Jones, who has settled down a lot the last few games, pitched a perfect 9th to finish it off.
The Tigers have now won 5 in a row and 15 out of 17. The White Sox are just as hot though winning 12 of 14 and are still just 2 games out. The poor Twins have won 14 out of 15 but can't close the 11 game gap they built for themselves with their slow start.