American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Detroit|
(Tuesday, June 5th)
Final Score: Cleveland 4, Detroit 2
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Ubaldo Jimenez fired 6 2/3 innings of one-run
ball Tuesday to help the Indians take a 4-2 victory over the Tigers in the
opener of a three-game set at Comerica Park.
Jimenez (6-4) scattered five hits and walked one while striking out four to
earn his first victory in five career starts at Comerica Park. Chris Perez
recorded his 18th save of the season despite allowing a run in the ninth.
Asdrubal Cabrera, Lou Marson and Michael Brantley each stroked RBI triples,
while Shin-Soo Choo added an RBI and a run scored for the Indians, who swept
the Tigers in a three-game set from May 22-24 in Cleveland.
"It's a big outfield and there's a lot of room out there," said Brantley about
the team's trio of triples. "With the speed that we have on the base paths,
hopefully we get a few more before we get out of here."
Drew Smyly (2-2) absorbed the loss, yielding four runs on six hits and two
walks over six frames. Miguel Cabrera clubbed two hits, including an RBI
double, but the Tigers dropped their sixth game in their last eight tries.
"When you get two strikes on these hitters, you have to be able to make a good
pitch," lamented Smyly. "I let a couple of them go today."
The Tigers plated a run in their first at-bat as Quintin Berry was hit by a
pitch to start the game. Berry swiped second two batters later and came around
to score when Miguel Cabrera roped a double into the left-field corner.
Cleveland pulled even in the third on Asdrubal Cabrera's RBI triple into deep
center field to score Choo, who had reached on a fielder's choice.
The Indians then jumped in front with a pair of runs in the fifth as Marson
lifted an RBI triple into the gap in right-center field to plate Lonnie
Chisenhall before crossing home on a liner up the middle from Choo to give the
visitors a 3-1 lead.
After Shelley Duncan worked a two-out walk in the sixth, Brantley pressed the
lead to three with a triple that was just out of the reach of a diving Brennan
Boesch in right field.
Detroit mounted a charge in the ninth as Gerald Laird reached on a fielder's
choice before a double from Jhonny Peralta. Laird then scored on a sacrifice
fly from Boesch, but Choo made a sliding catch in right field on a ball hit by
Ramon Santiago for the final out.
Brantley extended his hit-streak to 13 games with his triple in the
sixth...Detroit's Prince Fielder now has a 12-game hitting streak after his
single in the sixth...Laird took over behind the plate for Alex Avila in the
top of the sixth after Avila left the game with right hamstring
tightness...Indians infielder Jose Lopez was scratched with lower back
06/05 23:59:58 ET