Maroth good enough to lose 20?

Updated: May 2, 2003, 11:26 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Normally, when a pitcher allows just four hits, it's enough to bring home a victory. When you pitch for a team that scores a run about every fourth inning, however, you can never be too good. Mike Maroth found that out in the worst way in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles. For the fourth time this year, Maroth pitched well enough to come away with a win. Instead, he finds himself at 0-7 with just one month of the season on the books.

At Comerica Park on Thursday, it appeared that his life was about to improve on a grand scale as he mowed the Orioles down without a hit or walk through seven innings. (He had hit Gary Mathews, Jr. to ruin a perfect game.) In the eighth, however, the wheels came off the trolley. "I felt so good the first seven innings," he told Tom Gage of the Detroit News. "You can't start thinking (about a no-hitter) until it happens. But for everything to be lost, and to take a loss, I don't know what to say. The way I was pitching, a no-hitter with two innings to go, you don't expect it to fall apart."

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