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Tigers break out, finally get win over Indians

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CLEVELAND -- It took six tries, but the Detroit Tigers finally got a win over the Cleveland Indians.

Ivan Rodriguez and Magglio Ordonez had four hits each as the Tigers beat the Indians 9-5 on Saturday night.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland and pitcher Justin Verlander were ejected in the bottom of the fourth inning, when the Tigers apparently thought starter Chad Durbin didn't get a strike call while pitching to Travis Hafner.

After Hafner struck out, Leyland raced onto the field to argue with home plate umpire Tony Randazzo and was quickly ejected. While that was going on, second base umpire Greg Gibson ejected Verlander, who was yelling from the dugout.

"There's no panic on this team," said Leyland, whose club had lost six of seven going into the game. "We know we have a good team. We finally got one."

Ordonez had his second four-hit game of the year, highlighted by a two-run homer in the third.

Rodriguez's fifth-inning double broke a 4-4 tie. He added a two-run single in a three-run sixth that featured errors by second baseman Josh Barfield and shortstop Jhonny Peralta.

"We got some big hits," Rodriguez said. "We got some rallies together."

Durbin (5-1) allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings. He hasn't lost since his first start of the season against Baltimore on April 9, a span of 10 starts. The right-hander allowed eight hits, walked three and struck out one.

Durbin gave up a two-run homer to Casey Blake in the third and a solo shot to Grady Sizemore, who had three hits, in the sixth.

"The significant thing is beating the Indians," Durbin said. "They have a good team. It will be a battle all year. It will be a heavyweight fight."

The winning rally started when Ordonez doubled to lead off the fifth. Rodriguez drove him in with a double to right-center off starter Cliff Lee (2-3).

Lee allowed five runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked three.

"I pitched bad again," said Lee, who is 0-3 and has allowed 16 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings in that stretch. "That's pretty much it. I keep getting ripped. We're too good of a team for me to be pitching like this."

Ordonez's two-run homer off Lee in the third broke a 1-1 tie and highlighted a three-run inning. The rally continued when Marcus Thames doubled off the wall in left and Sean Casey doubled for a 4-1 lead.

Omar Infante singled in runs in the second and sixth.

Hafner had an RBI single in the first.

"We had some chances to get to Durbin," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "He gave them a great effort. We let him off the hook."

Notes

  • The ejection was Leyland's second of the season.
  • Ordonez has had four hits 16 times in his career.
  • Peralta, who also had a throwing error in the fourth, extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
  • Both teams wore replica uniforms from the 1970s.
 
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Magglio Ordonez matches a career high with four hits, including a two-run homer in the second inning.  (AP)
Magglio Ordonez matches a career high with four hits, including a two-run homer in the second inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

C. Blake
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Detroit

M. Ordonez
AB 6
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF6010015 .276
Placido Polanco, 2B5200102 .332
Gary Sheffield, DH5110103 .261
Magglio Ordonez, RF6342013 .362
Marcus Thames, LF4210013 .253
    Craig Monroe, LF1011000 .243
Ivan Rodriguez, C5143011 .293
Sean Casey, 1B4011103 .280
Omar Infante, 3B4022113 .324
Neifi Perez, SS5010015 .167
Totals45916946  
Batting
2B - Curtis Granderson (18, Fultz), Magglio Ordonez (28, Lee), Marcus Thames (5, Lee), Craig Monroe (14, Hernandez), Ivan Rodriguez 2 (14, Lee, Lee), Sean Casey (12, Lee)
HR - Magglio Ordonez (13, Lee)
RBI - Magglio Ordonez 2 (52), Craig Monroe (34), Ivan Rodriguez 3 (29), Sean Casey (14), Omar Infante 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Sean Casey (7), Omar Infante (3)
SB - Omar Infante (3, 2nd base off Lee/Martinez)
CS - Ivan Rodriguez (2, 3rd base by Hernandez/Martinez)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Perez-Polanco-Casey
Detroit Tigers
Chad Durbin (W,5-1) 5.1855312 4.75
Tim Byrdak (H,4) 1200010 2.31
Jason Grilli (H,4) 1.2100000 7.04
Bobby Seay 0.1100000 5.28
Zach Miner 0.2100000 2.89
HBP - Blake (by Chad Durbin)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Durbin 115-63, Tim Byrdak 20-10, Jason Grilli 14-10, Bobby Seay 4-4, Zach Miner 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Durbin 7-8, Tim Byrdak 2-0, Jason Grilli 3-1, Zach Miner 1-1
Batters Faced - Chad Durbin 28, Tim Byrdak 5, Jason Grilli 5, Bobby Seay 2, Zach Miner 3
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF5341000 .280
Casey Blake, 3B4132001 .281
Travis Hafner, DH4121122 .277
Victor Martinez, C5020004 .311
Trot Nixon, RF4000006 .269
   a- Franklin Gutierrez, PH1000001 .111
Jhonny Peralta, SS4020102 .304
David Dellucci, LF2001000 .239
   b- Jason Michaels, PH-LF2000003 .281
Ryan Garko, 1B3000100 .340
Josh Barfield, 2B4000003 .236
Totals38513532  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Nixon in the 9th
b-grounded into a double play for Dellucci in the 7th
Batting
HR - Grady Sizemore (10, Durbin), Casey Blake (8, Durbin)
SF - David Dellucci (2)
RBI - Grady Sizemore (29), Casey Blake 2 (29), Travis Hafner (41), David Dellucci (12)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Josh Barfield (8, Misplayed grounder), Jhonny Peralta 2 (10, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
Cliff Lee (L,2-3) 4.1855341 6.35
Rafael Perez 2.2430020 0.00
Roberto Hernandez 1311100 6.23
Aaron Fultz 1100000 1.69
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 94-61, Rafael Perez 47-31, Roberto Hernandez 18-9, Aaron Fultz 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 2-8, Rafael Perez 3-5, Roberto Hernandez 1-1, Aaron Fultz 1-2
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 25, Rafael Perez 14, Roberto Hernandez 6, Aaron Fultz 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38254
Game Time - 3:44
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Charlie Reliford, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Larry Vanover