American League Game Summary - Detroit at Cleveland
(Thursday, May 24th)
Final Score: Cleveland 2, Detroit 1
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Justin Masterson outdueled Justin Verlander
on Thursday afternoon and the Indians defeated the Tigers, 2-1, to complete a
Verlander (5-2), who took a no-hitter in to the ninth inning in his last
outing, allowed Shin-Soo Choo to lead off Thursday's series finale with a home
run. In all, he went eight innings, struck out seven and walked just one
batter, but also surrendered Jose Lopez's RBI single in the fourth.
"I felt like maybe if I was able to go out there and just dominate an inning
and get our guys back out there quick maybe something would happen," said
Masterson (2-3), meanwhile, gave up one run on five hits over seven frames. He
struck out four, walked five, and earned his first home win of the season.
Vinnie Pestano tossed a scoreless eighth and Chris Perez worked around a one-
out single in the ninth to record his 16th save.
At 26-18, the Indians are now a season-high eight games over .500.
Miguel Cabrera nearly homered in the first inning when he belted a fastball
off the top of the wall in right field. He only managed a single on the play
and although Prince Fielder followed with a base hit, Delmon Young flew out to
end the threat. Cabrera and Fielder represented two of 10 runners the Tigers
left on base in the game, as Masterson escaped several jams to earn his first
career win against the club.
In the second, after Choo gave the Indians a 1-0 lead with a solo shot to
right, Brennan Boesch reached with a leadoff double. He moved to third on a
groundout but was thrown out at the plate by Lopez on Jhonny Peralta's
grounder to third base.
Detroit tied the game an inning later when Quintin Berry doubled and later
scored on Cabrera's groundout, but Cleveland regained the advantage in the
Michael Brantley generated the go-ahead run, reaching with a two-out bloop
single and stealing second before coming home on Lopez's soft liner to right.
The Tigers had runners on first and second in both the sixth and the seventh
innings, but Masterson escaped each time. He induced Peralta into an inning-
ending double play in the former before retiring three straight batters,
including Cabrera and Fielder, in the latter.
"He did walk a few guys but he hung in there real tough, especially in that
last inning against their two best guys," Indians manager Manny Acta said
about Masterson. "He pitched like a front of the rotation guy."
Masterson was 0-4 in 10 careers games -- seven starts -- against the Tigers
before Thursday...Lopez has hit safely in 10 straight games...The Indians
bullpen combined for 7 2/3 scoreless innings in the series...Verlander had won
each of his previous 13 road decisions prior to Thursday...Detroit manager Jim
Leyland and first base coach Tom Brookens were ejected in the fifth inning.
05/24 19:04:12 ET
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