Justin Verlander didn't win Saturday — hasn't won in his last four starts — but he fared better than his buddy from back home in Virginia.

That would be Sean Marshall.

Both are from the Richmond area, played against each other growing up, so they had lunch Friday, talking about whatever friends talk about.

But not about the ups and downs of pitching because, as Marshall was reminded of on Saturday in the Tigers' 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, you better forget the downs as fast as you can.

Verlander pitched six strong innings, but is now winless in four consecutive starts for the first time since he went 0-2 in the first four starts of the 2009 season.

Marshall, however, ended up as the losing pitcher when — with two outs in the eighth — he gave up a long double to Brennan Boesch, walked Miguel Cabrera intentionally, then also gave up a tie-breaking single to Prince Fielder that also served as the game-winner.

On his slide at home, Boesch turned an ankle, but manager Jim Leyland said, "He's all right."

At the same time, Leyland said, "We've been through too much of that this year."

This was more than just an ordinary interleague game, though. The Reds showed in their 6-5 victory in 10 innings Friday night that they're not in first place by accident. They're a tough team that can grind out grueling victories.