Cleveland at Detroit

W: M. Maroth (2-0) L: C. Lee (1-1)
S: F. Rodney (3)
HR: CLE - None   DET - C. Shelton (8)

Sizzling Shelton, Maroth power Tigers over Indians

CBS wire reports

DETROIT -- Chris Shelton keeps saying he's not a home-run hitter, even though he leads the major leagues.

Shelton's eighth home run backed Mike Maroth and led the Detroit Tigers over the Cleveland Indians 1-0 Sunday.

"I just put a good swing on it. I can't really tell you why it went out of the ballpark, but it did," said Shelton. "I wasn't trying to go up there and hit a home run, I was just trying to hit it hard."

Shelton homered over the left-center field fence and into the Cleveland bullpen against Cliff Lee (1-1) with one out in the fourth inning. Five of Shelton's homers have been solo shots.

"It wasn't that bad of a pitch," Lee said of the cutter. "It wasn't exactly where I wanted it. He's seeing the ball good and making solid contact."

Maroth (2-0) allowed three hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked two. Maroth's start had been pushed back three days because of elbow soreness. He said the elbow felt fine but was a little tender late in the game.

"He just kept the ball down, did a good job, made his pitches," said Cleveland's Grady Sizemore, who went 0-2 with a walk against Maroth. "We didn't do a good job making adjustments, so we helped him out a little bit."

Joel Zumaya got out of a two-on jam in the eighth by striking out Sizemore and Jason Michaels. Fernando Rodney completed the four-hitter with a perfect ninth for his third save in as many chances.

Detroit took two of three from the Indians after winning its first four games under new manager Jim Leyland and then losing four in a row.

"These are the kind of games you're going to have to win if you're going to be a good team," Leyland said.

Lee gave up five hits and three walks in 7 1/3 innings, and struck out six.

"Cliff was outstanding. Cliff was right there with him," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "He gave us every opportunity to win the ballgame."

Cleveland threatened when Michaels doubled with one out in the first and Jhonny Peralta walked. But Travis Hafner grounded into a double play.

"I got the ground ball I was looking for," Maroth said.

Lee escaped early trouble, striking out Magglio Ordonez and Marcus Thames with two on in the first, then retired Curtis Granderson on an inning-ending popout with two on in the second.


  • Wedge was ejected in the fifth inning by plate umpire Paul Emmel while Ronnie Belliard was batting. Wedge then went on the field to argue with Emmel and was restrained by first-base umpire Bruce Froemming. "I just had an issue with some of the balls-and-strikes calls," Wedge said. "I didn't think I did much to get tossed, but he did and that was the end of it. I just felt like there were a couple of questionable calls."
  • The Indians' Aaron Boone broke an 0-for-16 slide with a double in the fifth, then singled in the eighth.
  • Maroth has seven wins over the Indians since the start of the 2002 season.
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Joel Zumaya pumps his fist after pitching his way out of a jam in the eighth inning.  (AP)
Joel Zumaya pumps his fist after pitching his way out of a jam in the eighth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Shelton
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

C. Lee
IP 7.1
H 5
ER 1
BB 3
K 6

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Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF3000123 .304
Jason Michaels, LF4010014 .298
Jhonny Peralta, SS3000110 .235
Travis Hafner, DH4000001 .356
Eduardo Perez, 1B3000010 .188
   a- Ben Broussard, PH1000000 .333
Ron Belliard, 2B3000000 .231
Aaron Boone, 3B3020010 .262
Casey Blake, RF2010001 .447
Kelly Shoppach, C2000012 .000
   b- Victor Martinez, PH-C0000100 .386
a-grounded out for Perez in the 9th
b-walked for Shoppach in the 8th
2B - Jason Michaels (2, Maroth), Aaron Boone (4, Maroth)
SH - Casey Blake (1)
Team LOB - 5
Cleveland Indians
Cliff Lee (L,1-1) 7.1511361 2.89
Rafael Betancourt 0.2000020 3.86
WP - Cliff Lee (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 100-62, Rafael Betancourt 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 3-13
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 30, Rafael Betancourt 2
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4020002 .283
Placido Polanco, 2B3000001 .310
Ivan Rodriguez, C3010110 .325
Magglio Ordonez, RF3000123 .282
Marcus Thames, LF3000003 .316
    Craig Monroe, LF1000012 .217
Chris Shelton, 1B3121011 .479
Carlos Guillen, SS3000001 .289
Omar Infante, DH3000011 .353
Brandon Inge, 3B2000120 .263
HR - Chris Shelton (8, Lee)
SH - Placido Polanco (2)
RBI - Chris Shelton (16)
SB - Curtis Granderson (2, 3rd base off Lee/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Polanco-Guillen-Shelton, Guillen-Polanco-Shelton
Detroit Tigers
Mike Maroth (W,2-0) 7300250 0.73
Joel Zumaya (H,3) 1100120 1.50
Fernando Rodney (S,3) 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Maroth 99-60, Joel Zumaya 19-12, Fernando Rodney 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Maroth 9-5, Joel Zumaya 1-0, Fernando Rodney 2-1
Batters Faced - Mike Maroth 24, Joel Zumaya 5, Fernando Rodney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 14303
Game Time - 2:18
Temperature - 53
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Bruce Froemming, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Brian Runge