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Tigers 5, Indians 4

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CLEVELAND -- Kenny Rogers wasn't thrilled about pitching with an extra day's rest or that it was raining again.

Rogers, set back a day by a rainout, won his third straight start, and Craig Monroe and Marcus Thames hit home runs to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

"The hardest thing is getting geared up to pitch and then not competing and then coming back the next day and do it again," said Rogers (6-2), who pitched through a drizzle at Jacobs Field one night after being rained out in Baltimore. "That, without a doubt, is not something I want to get used to."

Monroe snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-run homer in the seventh inning off Cliff Lee (2-4). Ivan Rodriguez had an RBI double later in the inning.

"We're getting big home runs," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "When you hit homers when you're ahead 9-1 or behind 9-1, that's not so impressive."

Casey Blake homered twice for Cleveland, which lost its fourth straight.

"We're in one of those stretches right now and have to work our way out," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "Some guys are trying to do a bit too much. If they just do what they are capable of individually, it will work out as a team."

Rogers didn't allow much to the Indians, whose 223 runs lead baseball. The 41-year-old gave up two runs and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking one in beating Cleveland for the second time this season and improving to 5-0 against Central Division teams.

"He's been fantastic," Leyland said. "We got him to pitch and he's pitched."

Todd Jones worked the ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.

Thames hit Lee's first pitch of the second inning 417 feet into the bleachers in left-center for his fifth homer and a 1-0 lead.

Monroe was 1-for-19 against Lee in his career when he doubled to open the fifth. Brandon Inge followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0. Blake hit his fifth homer with one out in the bottom half.

Blake's homer came after Eduardo Perez was thrown out by left fielder Monroe trying to stretch a single off the wall into a double.

"Some horses don't run well on a wet track," Perez said. "He played it well and I was out by three or four steps."

The Indians tied it 2-2 in the sixth when Jason Michaels doubled and scored one out later on Travis Hafner's bloop single to center. Hafner was caught in a rundown trying for second.

Lee then yielded four hits and three runs in the seventh.

"I let us down," the left-hander said. "It was totally my fault.

"We scored to tie it and I gave the lead right back. When we score, it is up to me to keep the momentum on our side."

Blake hit the first pitch from reliever Joel Zumaya in the seventh over the wall in left to make it 5-3.

With runners on first and second and no outs in the eighth, a throwing error by second baseman Placido Polanco while trying to turn a double play allowed Grady Sizemore to score from second and make it 5-4.

Detroit center fielder Curtis Granderson twice made good plays to rob Sizemore of extra bases. In the first, Granderson ran down a drive on the warning track in right center. In the fourth, he made a diving catch of a slicing line drive by the Indians' leadoff hitter.

Lee allowed five runs and 11 hits over seven innings. The left-hander struck out seven without a walk in his third consecutive loss.

Notes

  • Since Jacobs Field opened in 1994, the Tigers lead all visiting teams with 100 home runs.
  • Rogers is 15-14 in 51 career appearances against Cleveland.
  • Lee went 18-5 last season and didn't get his fourth loss until July 8.
  • Blake's two-homer game was the fourth of his career. He is hitting .459 (17-for-37 with four homers during a 10-game hitting streak.
  • Tigers 1B Chris Shelton broke a 3-for-18 slide with consecutive singles in the seventh and eighth innings.
 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

C. Monroe
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Cleveland

C. Blake
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5120012
Placido Polanco, 2B5010003
Ivan Rodriguez, C4021012
Magglio Ordonez, RF4000024
Carlos Guillen, SS4000012
Marcus Thames, DH4111010
Chris Shelton, 1B4120010
Craig Monroe, LF4222001
Brandon Inge, 3B4021010
Totals3851250814 
Batting
2B - Ivan Rodriguez 2 (, Lee, Lee), Craig Monroe (, Lee)
HR - Marcus Thames (, Lee), Craig Monroe (, Lee)
RBI - Ivan Rodriguez (), Marcus Thames (), Craig Monroe 2 (), Brandon Inge ()
2-OUT RBI - Ivan Rodriguez ()
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Curtis Granderson 1, Craig Monroe 1
DP - Guillen-Polanco-Shelton
E - Placido Polanco (, Wild throw)
Detroit Tigers
Kenny Rogers (W,-) 6.1822141
Joel Zumaya (H,) 0.2111011
Fernando Rodney (H,) 1111100
Todd Jones (S,) 1000010
Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 102-63, Joel Zumaya 8-7, Fernando Rodney 17-10, Todd Jones 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 3-8, Joel Zumaya 1-0, Fernando Rodney 2-1, Todd Jones 1-1
Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 24, Joel Zumaya 3, Fernando Rodney 5, Todd Jones 3
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF3100112
Jason Michaels, LF4130010
Jhonny Peralta, SS4010021
Travis Hafner, DH3011102
Victor Martinez, C4000003
Eduardo Perez, 1B3010000
   a- Ben Broussard, PH1000010
Casey Blake, RF4222000
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4000010
Aaron Boone, 3B3020000
Totals334103268 
a-struck out for Perez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jason Michaels (, Rogers)
HR - Casey Blake 2 (, Rogers, Zumaya)
RBI - Travis Hafner (), Casey Blake 2 ()
CS - Jason Michaels (, 2nd base by Rogers/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Peralta-Belliard-Perez
Cleveland Indians
Cliff Lee (L,-) 71155072
Jason Davis 1100000
Bob Wickman 1000010
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 106-74, Jason Davis 14-9, Bob Wickman 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 5-8, Jason Davis 1-2, Bob Wickman 1-1
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 31, Jason Davis 4, Bob Wickman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23576
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 50
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Jim Joyce