Tigers Defeat Sox 7-2 for 1st Win

Detroit finally earns victory after 0-7 start
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2008 10:40 PM CDT
Detroit Tigers Carlos Guillen, left, rounds first on a solo home run off Boston Red Sox pitcher Javier Lopez in the ninth inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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(Newser) – The Tigers finally showed the offense that earned them preseason raves—and ended their winless start. Detroit beat the Boston Red Sox 7-2 Wednesday night after scoring just 15 runs in losing its first seven games. Marcus Thames and Carlos Guillen homered, Edgar Renteria had three hits and Ivan Rodriguez got the 2,500th hit of his career.

Still, no team has made the postseason after an 0-7 start. The Tigers were a favorite to get there after boosting their payroll to the second highest in baseball by adding Renteria, Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis. And they did reach the World Series in 2006 before being swept by St. Louis.