Cleveland at Detroit

Final 11th
W: T. Mastny (6-2) L: J. Capellan (0-3)
S: J. Borowski (25)
HR: CLE - B. Francisco (3), C. Blake (12)   DET - G. Sheffield (19)

Blake lifts Indians past Tigers with game-winning HR in 11th

CBS wire reports

DETROIT -- Ivan Rodriguez just missed his storybook ending.

On the night he caught his 2,000th game, the Detroit Tigers All-Star almost hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning to beat the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

But the ball curled foul and Rodriguez grounded out to end the inning on Tom Mastny's next pitch.

"I hit the ball hard and I missed the homer by three feet," he said. "Then I hit the next one hard, but right back to the pitcher. That's baseball."

Casey Blake made sure Rodriguez and the Tigers didn't get another chance, hitting a two-out homer in the top of the 11th to give Cleveland a 5-4 win.

"I was just trying to get something going with two outs," Blake said. "I just happened to run into a slider."

Blake hit his 12th homer off Jose Capellan (0-1) to help Cleveland pick up its sixth straight win. Capellan was making his debut with the Tigers two days after being acquired from Milwaukee in a trade.

"Capellan hung a breaking ball, and they hit it out," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "That's baseball."

Franklin Gutierrez made a leaping catch of Curtis Granderson's leadoff liner at the top of the right-field wall in the bottom of the 10th.

The Tigers then loaded the bases on two singles, a wild pitch and an intentional walk. Mastny (6-2) was facing back-to-back All-Stars, but got Carlos Guillen to pop out before Rodriguez's dramatic at-bat.

"T-Mas was outstanding," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "He really bowed his neck to get a couple of real good hitters there. That wasn't easy. That was a big lift for us."

Leyland wasn't worried about two of his stars failing in a key situation.

"I'll take that situation every day -- Guillen and Pudge with the bases loaded and one out," Leyland said. "It just didn't happen today. This was a great baseball game between two great teams, and we came up a little short."

Joe Borowski was perfect in the bottom of the 11th for his 25th save.

Jhonny Peralta's sacrifice fly in the first gave Cleveland a 1-0 lead, but Rodriguez tied the game in the bottom half with an RBI single and Sean Casey made it 2-1 with a sacrifice fly.

The Indians went ahead 3-2 in the third on Peralta's RBI double and a sacrifice fly by Jason Michaels, but Detroit tied the game in the bottom of the inning on Gary Sheffield's 19th homer.

Detroit made it 4-3 with a two-out rally in the fifth. Placido Polanco and Sheffield singled before Magglio Ordonez became the first batter to receive an unintentional walk from Paul Byrd in more than two months, a span of 77 2-3 innings.

Guillen followed with a bloop single to left, scoring Polanco, but Michaels threw out Sheffield at the plate from left field to end the inning.

Rookie Ben Francisco tied the game 4-4 with a pinch-hit homer in the eighth, his third in 13 career at-bats.

"I'm having a blast," he said. "The whole team is in a good mood right now. We're winning games. We're just out here enjoying it."

Tigers starter Nate Robertson allowed three runs and six hits in five innings. Byrd allowed four runs and seven hits in seven innings.


  • Rodriguez caught the 2,000th game of his career, making him the fifth player in major league history to reach the milestone. Rodriguez received a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd of 40,741 when the game became official after the fifth inning. "That's an incredible achievement," Leyland said. "You can understand a shortstop or center fielder playing 2,000 games, but it's pretty incredible for a catcher."
  • Zach Miner went two innings for the Tigers. He last pitched June 5 before going on the DL with a strained elbow.
  • Mastny's six relief wins lead the AL.
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Pudge Rodriguez isn't pleased with the plate umpire after being called for catcher interference.  (AP)
Pudge Rodriguez isn't pleased with the plate umpire after being called for catcher interference. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Blake
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

G. Sheffield
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Casey Blake, 3B4221100 .271
Jhonny Peralta, SS5112021 .282
Victor Martinez, 1B4010111 .324
Travis Hafner, DH4010023 .257
Jason Michaels, LF1001101 .288
   a- Ben Francisco, PH-LF2111010 .500
Kelly Shoppach, C5010022 .354
Franklin Gutierrez, RF3010112 .290
Josh Barfield, 2B4000123 .253
a-homered for Michaels in the 8th
2B - Jhonny Peralta (15, Robertson), Kelly Shoppach (9, Miner)
HR - Casey Blake (12, Capellan), Ben Francisco (3, Durbin)
SF - Jhonny Peralta (4), Jason Michaels (2)
SH - Casey Blake (2), Franklin Gutierrez (1)
RBI - Casey Blake (42), Jhonny Peralta 2 (49), Jason Michaels (26), Ben Francisco (5)
2-OUT RBI - Casey Blake (13)
Team LOB - 10
Outfield Assists - Jason Michaels 1
E - Jhonny Peralta (13, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Paul Byrd 7744131 4.71
Rafael Betancourt 2000000 1.19
Thomas Mastny (W,6-2) 1200100 5.06
Joe Borowski (S,25) 1000020 5.51
IBB - Ordonez by Thomas Mastny
HBP - Monroe (by Paul Byrd)
WP - Paul Byrd (2), Thomas Mastny (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Byrd 104-68, Rafael Betancourt 28-21, Thomas Mastny 27-15, Joe Borowski 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Byrd 7-11, Rafael Betancourt 2-4, Thomas Mastny 1-2
Batters Faced - Paul Byrd 30, Rafael Betancourt 6, Thomas Mastny 6, Joe Borowski 3
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5000002 .285
Placido Polanco, 2B5120000 .331
Gary Sheffield, DH5131000 .295
Magglio Ordonez, RF3110200 .369
Carlos Guillen, SS5121003 .322
Ivan Rodriguez, C5011003 .279
Sean Casey, 1B4001010 .291
Craig Monroe, LF4000020 .219
Brandon Inge, 3B5000023 .247
2B - Carlos Guillen (19, Byrd)
HR - Gary Sheffield (19, Byrd)
SF - Sean Casey (2)
RBI - Gary Sheffield (53), Carlos Guillen (60), Ivan Rodriguez (44), Sean Casey (31)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Guillen (22)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Polanco-Guillen-Casey
E - Ivan Rodriguez (4, Interference)
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson 5633280 4.86
Zach Miner (H,2) 2100100 2.03
Macay McBride (H,1) 0.1000000 3.44
Chad Durbin (BS,1) 1.1111311 4.25
Bobby Seay 0.1000010 3.74
Jose Capellan (L,0-3) 2111031 4.50
IBB - Martinez by Chad Durbin
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 108-69, Zach Miner 25-14, Macay McBride 4-3, Chad Durbin 25-11, Bobby Seay 5-3, Jose Capellan 25-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Miner 3-2, Macay McBride 1-0, Chad Durbin 1-2
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 24, Zach Miner 7, Macay McBride 1, Chad Durbin 8, Bobby Seay 1, Jose Capellan 7
Game Information
Attendance - 40741
Game Time - 3:52
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth