Detroit at Cleveland

W: R. Hernandez (3-1) L: T. Jones (1-3)
HR: DET - C. Monroe (9)   CLE - V. Martinez (10), J. Peralta (11), J. Michaels (3), V. Martinez (11)

More Cleveland magic: Indians use five-run ninth in win

CBS wire reports

CLEVELAND -- A different city, venue and sport produced yet another memorable Cleveland victory over Detroit.

David Dellucci singled home the winning run with two outs to cap a five-run ninth off closer Todd Jones as the Indians rallied past the Tigers 12-11 Friday night.

One night after LeBron James single-handedly shot the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers to a double-overtime playoff win in Detroit, the Indians summoned all they had against one of the best closers in baseball.

"That was a crazy one," said Cleveland catcher Victor Martinez, whose three-run homer got Cleveland within one in the ninth.

Jones (1-3) blew his second straight save opportunity as the reeling Tigers lost for the seventh time in eight games and fell 4½ games behind first-place Cleveland in the AL Central.

"I got pounded," Jones said. "We needed a win against these guys. We needed a win for ourselves and I didn't get it done. I just got crushed."

The Indians, 15-4 in the division, improved baseball's best home record to 19-4. That's the best start at home in Cleveland's 107 years in the American League.

"An incredible win," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "Everybody stepped up."

Roberto Hernandez (3-1) pitched 1/3 of an inning for the win.

The Tigers led 11-7 before Martinez's three-run shot -- his second home run of the game -- made it 11-10.

"When Vic hit that one, we all thought we had a shot," said Indians first baseman Ryan Garko, who had three hits. "That was the turning point. It's what Vic does. He's the heart of the team."

Jhonny Peralta followed with a double, giving way to pinch-runner Mike Rouse.

After striking out Garko, Jones intentionally walked Trot Nixon, putting the winning run aboard. Josh Barfield poked a single to right that fell just in front of Magglio Ordonez, scoring Rouse to tie it.

"I felt like he had a better chance to get the young right-handed hitter out and he didn't do it," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said of his decision to walk Nixon.

Dellucci then lined a 2-1 pitch to center and was pounded by jubilant teammates.

"To finish a game like this, I'm just happy to be part of it," said Dellucci, who got a standing ovation from the first sellout crowd of the season at Jacobs Field.

Jones came on in the eighth and yielded an RBI single to Nixon. Barfield followed with a single, and Garko scored from second to make it 9-7 when center fielder Curtis Granderson threw the ball all the way to the backstop for an error.

Dellucci then hit a sinking liner to right that would have tied it, but Ordonez made a sliding catch to end the rally.

Craig Monroe's two-run homer off Indians starter Fausto Carmona in the sixth gave Detroit a 5-1 lead.

Peralta and Jason Michaels each hit two-run homers in the sixth off Tigers starter Mike Maroth to tie the game, before the Tigers took advantage of Cleveland's bullpen.

Placido Polanco and Ordonez had RBI singles off Tom Mastny in the seventh. Sean Casey then drew a bases-loaded walk off Aaron Fultz and Monroe followed with a sacrifice fly for a 9-5 lead.

Detroit added two more in the ninth when Fernando Cabrera issued a bases-loaded walk to Michael Rabelo that scored Polanco, and Ordonez scored on an RBI single by Omar Infante.

Polanco and Casey put Detroit ahead 2-0 with RBI singles in the first, and singles by Ordonez, Casey and Rabelo made it 3-0 in the fourth.

Martinez, who drove in four runs, hit his 10th homer to get Cleveland within 3-1 in the bottom half of the inning.

Peralta hit his 11th homer to make it 5-3. Garko then singled and Michaels, swinging on a 3-0 count, hit his third homer into the left-field seats.


  • The last time Cleveland scored five runs in the ninth to win a game was July 28, 2002, when Jim Thome hit a walkoff grand slam against Detroit.
  • Tigers DH Gary Sheffield went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He was suspended three games for throwing his bat and being ejected Thursday night, but is eligible to play pending an appeal.
  • Martinez has at least one RBI in eight consecutive games, one shy of the Indians record shared by Al Rosen, Juan Gonzalez and Manny Ramirez.
  • Indians RHP Jake Westbrook, out since May 3 with an abdominal strain, allowed seven hits, four earned runs and made an error over 1 1/3 innings in his first rehab start at Triple-A Buffalo.
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David Dellucci gets hugs after driving in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.  (AP)
David Dellucci gets hugs after driving in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game

V. Martinez
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2

P. Polanco
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 0

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Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4110010 .279
Placido Polanco, 2B5342000 .340
Gary Sheffield, DH4100132 .263
Magglio Ordonez, RF4331100 .353
Sean Casey, 1B3022201 .280
Craig Monroe, LF4113026 .239
Mike Rabelo, C4022122 .275
Omar Infante, 3B5121012 .313
Neifi Perez, SS4100104 .162
2B - Magglio Ordonez (27, Carmona)
3B - Curtis Granderson (9, Carmona)
HR - Craig Monroe (9, Carmona)
SF - Craig Monroe (3)
SH - Curtis Granderson (3)
RBI - Placido Polanco 2 (30), Magglio Ordonez (50), Sean Casey 2 (13), Craig Monroe 3 (33), Mike Rabelo 2 (6), Omar Infante (6)
2-OUT RBI - Sean Casey (6), Craig Monroe 2 (16), Mike Rabelo (2), Omar Infante (2)
SB - Placido Polanco (2, 2nd base off Cabrera/Martinez), Omar Infante (2, 2nd base off Mastny/Martinez)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Curtis Granderson 1
E - Curtis Granderson (2, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Mike Maroth 6755223 5.28
Wilfredo Ledezma 1.2221010 4.71
Todd Jones (BS,4; L,1-3) 1755211 6.04
IBB - Nixon by Todd Jones
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Maroth 91-55, Wilfredo Ledezma 20-15, Todd Jones 46-26
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Maroth 7-8, Wilfredo Ledezma 2-2, Todd Jones 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Maroth 26, Wilfredo Ledezma 7, Todd Jones 12
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF5000001 .267
Casey Blake, 3B5110010 .272
Travis Hafner, DH3200200 .272
Victor Martinez, C5224001 .309
Jhonny Peralta, SS5232010 .300
    Mike Rouse, PR0100000 .135
Ryan Garko, 1B5230011 .346
Jason Michaels, LF2122100 .287
   a- Trot Nixon, PH-RF1111100 .276
Josh Barfield, 2B5031003 .241
Franklin Gutierrez, RF3000011 .125
   b- David Dellucci, PH-LF2011002 .243
a-singled for Michaels in the 8th
b-lined out for Gutierrez in the 8th
2B - Jhonny Peralta 2 (8, Ledezma, T. Jones)
HR - Victor Martinez 2 (11, Maroth, T. Jones), Jhonny Peralta (11, Maroth), Jason Michaels (3, Maroth)
RBI - Victor Martinez 4 (48), Jhonny Peralta 2 (35), Jason Michaels 2 (15), Trot Nixon (22), Josh Barfield (27), David Dellucci (11)
2-OUT RBI - Jhonny Peralta 2 (11), Jason Michaels 2 (9), Trot Nixon (9), Josh Barfield (10), David Dellucci (3)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Carmona-Barfield-Peralta-Garko, Barfield-Peralta-Garko, Barfield-Garko
Cleveland Indians
Fausto Carmona 61055051 3.29
Thomas Mastny 0.1344200 4.43
Aaron Fultz 0.2000110 1.80
Fernando Cabrera 1.2122330 5.91
Roberto Hernandez (W,3-1) 0.1100000 6.10
IBB - Ordonez by Fernando Cabrera
WP - Fausto Carmona (3), Aaron Fultz (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 91-60, Thomas Mastny 19-8, Aaron Fultz 10-5, Fernando Cabrera 38-19, Roberto Hernandez 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 9-1, Thomas Mastny 1-0, Fernando Cabrera 1-1, Roberto Hernandez 1-0
Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 25, Thomas Mastny 6, Aaron Fultz 3, Fernando Cabrera 9, Roberto Hernandez 2
Game Information
Attendance - 41365
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Greg Gibson