Detroit at Cleveland

W: J. Davis (4-2) L: J. Verlander (0-1)
HR: DET - None   CLE - C. Crisp (8), T. Hafner (17)

Indians 6, Tigers 0 (Game 2)

CBS wire reports

CLEVELAND -- Right after Coco Crisp sprinted around the bases, Travis Hafner was able to jog again.

Crisp hit an inside-the-park homer, Hafner followed with his third home run of the day, and the surging Cleveland Indians spoiled the major league debut of Justin Verlander with a 6-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers to sweep a day-night doubleheader Monday.

"That was a lot of fun," said Hafner, who homered twice and drove in five runs in the Indians' 9-3 victory in the first game.

Jason Davis (4-2), called up from Triple-A Buffalo to start the second game, allowed four hits, struck out five and walked two in six innings to improve to 2-0 this year against Detroit. It was his first big league win since a 7-0 victory at San Francisco on June 11.

Hafner was 6-for-10 with six RBI in the doubleheader, hitting a 457-foot shot in the eighth inning of the second game off Fernando Rodney.

"Hafner had to go and top me," said Crisp, who scampered around the bases for his eighth homer.

Detroit center fielder Nook Logan tried to make a leaping catch of Crisp's drive against the wall, but the ball ricocheted toward the infield. Right fielder Magglio Ordonez picked the ball up and threw it, but Crisp beat the relay throw to the plate.

"I had to put it in 13th gear," Crisp said. "After 17 innings, that's all I had left.

"Then that big-muscle guy (Hafner) practically hits it out of the stadium and gets to jog. It ain't fair."

Cleveland has won nine of 11 and 21 of 28. The Tigers lost for the 10th time in 12 games.

Detroit's Vance Wilson was ejected by plate umpire Chris Guccione in the ninth after being called out on strikes for the second out. Wilson and Tigers manager Alan Trammell had protested strike two, and after being called out, Wilson turned and pointed his finger at Guccione's face while yelling at him.

"It was pretty pathetic what he (Guccione) did to me," Wilson said. "He called a pitch off the plate that he had been squeezing us on."

Third base umpire Angel Hernandez attempted to pull Wilson away and the two tumbled to the ground.

"I thought he tackled me," Wilson said. "I asked him what was going on and he said he stepped on my bat and lost his footing."

Matt Miller, Bob Howry and David Riske each worked one inning to complete the six-hitter.

The Indians sent nine men to bat and scored three runs off Verlander (0-1) in the first inning.

Victor Martinez extended his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games with a two-out RBI double and scored on a double by Ben Broussard. Jhonny Peralta added an RBI single and Verlander walked two straight to load the bases before getting out of the 34-pitch inning.

"He gave up some runs, but has great stuff," Martinez said. "He's going to be very good."

The right-hander, the No. 2 pick in the 2004 draft, was a combined 10-2 with a 1.43 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 101 innings at two levels in the minor leagues this year.

He gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, walking three, striking out four and throwing several pitches that registered 99 mph on the radar gun.

"I had a great time," Verlander said. "I'm glad they gave me this opportunity. I was under the impression I'd be sent back. I wish I could stay, but I'll go wherever they send me and try to pitch well. I hope I can be called up soon."

Left off the AL All-Star team Sunday, Hafner scored three runs and went 4-for-5 to support the six-hit pitching of Scott Elarton (5-3) in the first game.

"When they took the (All-Star) vote, I didn't have a very good case," said Hafner, who has seven homers in 10 games and 17 RBI in his last nine games. Since June 1, he is hitting .379 with 12 homers and 37 RBI in 29 games.

Elarton pitched his fourth career complete game and first since a two-hit shutout of the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 29.

"Obviously when you have a doubleheader and your starter goes all the way, that's a big pickup for everybody on the team," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.

Elarton gave up a one-out single by Carlos Guillen in the first, then retired 17 in a row before Guillen beat out an infield single in the seventh. Chris Shelton and Rondell White followed with singles to ruin the shutout bid.

White hit a two-run homer in the ninth, but Elarton hung on to go to 5-1 with a 3.32 ERA in his last nine starts. He struck out six without a walk.

Hafner had an RBI single off Jason Johnson (5-7) in the first inning.

Broussard and Ronnie Belliard drove in third-inning runs and Cleveland broke it open in the fourth on an RBI single by Jhonny Peralta and three-run homer by Hafner, a 471-foot shot to center, to make it 7-0.

Hafner hit his 16th homer off Doug Creek in the sixth for the sixth multihomer game of his career.

Johnson gave up seven runs and 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings, his shortest start since April 13 at Minnesota -- when he got only one out and was roughed up for five runs.


Detroit designated INF Jason Smith for assignment to make room for Verlander. ... Cleveland optioned RHP Kazuhito Tadano to Buffalo. ... Cleveland is 34-18 (.654) since May 9 and has won 15 of its last 21 home games. ... Hafner has 29 RBI in his last 18 games. ... Indians 3B Aaron Boone missed the first game to be with wife Laura, who delivered the couple's first child, a boy. ... Johnson fell to 0-3 with a 7.68 ERA in 10 career games, including eight starts, against the Indians. ... The doubleheader drew 60,468 fans and more than 110,000 hot dogs were sold at a special price of $1 apiece.

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Players of the Game

C. Crisp
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1

J. Davis
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 2
K 5

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