DETROIT, June 8 (UPI) -- Tied for second in the International League in wins before his promotion to the majors, Detroit's Mike Maroth pitched seven scoreless innings Saturday night and then watched the bullpen give up two runs in the eighth inning as the Philadelphia Phillies rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Tigers.
Robert Person (2-3) yielded just one run and three hits in seven innings and picked up the win when the Phillies rallied in the eighth against relievers Danny Patterson (0-2) and Juan Acevedo.
A 24-year-old lefthander, Maroth went 8-1 with a 2.82 ERA at Class AAA Toledo before he was called up by the Tigers on Friday. He exceeded expectations in his first major league appearance, shutting down the Phillies for seven innings after they erupted for 11 runs on Friday night. Maroth allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out one.
Meanwhile, Person gave up just three hits, but two of them came in the fifth when the Tigers took a 1-0 lead. Person walked Robert Fick with one out in the inning and Craig Paquette followed with a fielder's choice grounder. Paquette advanced to third on a single by Brandon Inge and scored on a base hit by Damian Jackson.
After Maroth threw 95 pitches through seven innings, the Phillies pounced on Patterson in the eighth. Bobby Abreu tripled with one out and scored the tying run on a single by Pat Burrell. Patterson walked Jeremy Giambi before retiring Scott Rolen on a foulout.
Tigers manager Luis Pujols brought in his closer Acevedo, but Travis Lee greeted him with an RBI single to left to give Philadelphia the lead.
Jose Mesa retired the side in order in the ninth for his 16th save in 19 opportunities.