Maroth (5-2) allowed one unearned run over six innings and the Detroit Tigers completed their first three-game sweep in Cleveland in nearly 16 years with a 3-2 victory over the Indians on Sunday.
“I do well here,” said Maroth, who is 6-0 with a 2.30 ERA in seven career starts in Cleveland. “Why, I don't know. I just do.”
Aaron Boone, who had one of the seven hits allowed by the left-hander, offered a theory.
“He's a good pitcher. It's more than what you see on radar guns. Good pitching is hitting spots and changing speeds. He sure does that well,” Boone said.
Detroit won its fourth straight to improve the best road record in baseball to 16-7. The Indians lost their sixth straight for the first time since a six-game skid Aug. 9-14, 2004.
“We're in one of those funks,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said.
The Tigers last swept a series in Cleveland in June of 1990.
“You're not supposed to win on the road,” Maroth said. “You're supposed to lose a series or maybe get swept. The skipper (Jim Leyland) keeps us focused. He has us ready to play every day.”