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Rogers, Tigers defense too much for rival Indians

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- Kenny Rogers wasn't at his best Wednesday.

Thanks to Detroit's defense and a friendly bounce, it didn't matter.

Rogers allowed two runs -- one earned -- in 5 1/3 innings as the Tigers snapped Cleveland's six-game winning streak with a 6-4 victory.

The 42-year-old left-hander has won all three starts after missing the first 11 weeks of the season following shoulder injury, but he knew he didn't deserve the credit for this one.

"I wasn't nearly as sharp as I wanted to be tonight," he said. "Every time I made a mistake, something good happened behind me. It was incredible -- guys were diving all over the place."

Rogers (3-0) gave up seven hits, walked three and struck out three. He has a 1.04 ERA since coming off the disabled list June 22.

"That wasn't vintage Kenny out there, but it was good enough," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

Rogers and four relievers got plenty of help from their defense with Brandon Inge, Carlos Guillen and Marcus Thames all making run-saving plays.

"We made plays, and that's what you have to do," Leyland said. "You have to do enough little things to win games."

Todd Jones pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 25 chances and his 200th as a Tiger.

Jake Westbrook (1-4) gave up five runs and 10 hits in six innings.

"I felt good out there -- I made decent pitches," he said. "I'm just a little frustrated at all the two-out hits I gave up. I couldn't make the big pitches when I needed them, and that cost us the game."

Detroit took a 2-0 lead on RBI singles by Guillen in the first and Inge in the second. Casey Blake made it 2-1 with a run-scoring groundout in the third, but the Indians saw a potential rally snuffed out in the next inning by great defense and bad luck.

Travis Hafner walked with one out and Jason Michaels followed with a slicing liner into the left-field corner, but Thames made a diving catch.

Ryan Garko then hit a ball to deep right-center that would have easily scored Hafner, but the ball bounced over the 11½-foot fence for a fluke ground-rule double. Hafner was stopped at third, and after a fist-pump of relief, Rogers retired Franklin Gutierrez to end the inning.

"That was huge - that changed the whole momentum," Rogers said. "It saved me at least one run and it gave me a chance to eliminate any damage. When that happened, I figured it was our turn to get some breaks."

Detroit took advantage, scoring three runs in the fourth to go up 5-1.

With one out and runners on the corners, Inge bunted the ball to the right side for a perfectly executed squeeze.

Curtis Granderson followed with an RBI double to make it 4-1, and he scored when Gutierrez couldn't come up with a diving catch on Placido Polanco's liner down the right-field line.

Cleveland got a run back in the fifth on Victor Martinez's RBI double, but Guillen stopped another run with a backhanded stop of Hafner's smash up the middle. The Indians got into the defensive act in the bottom of the inning when Jhonny Peralta dived to turn Ivan Rodriguez's hard grounder into a 6-4-3 double play.

Hafner made it 5-4 with a two-run homer off Macay McBride in the seventh, but Guillen and Rodriguez hit back-to-back triples to restore the two-run lead in the bottom of the inning.

The Indians put two runners on in the eighth, but Inge bailed out Zach Miner with a barehanded pickup-and-throw of Peralta's slow roller past the mound.

"He has to be the best defensive third baseman in the league, because he makes those plays all the time," Miner said. "I thought that was definitely a hit, especially since Peralta runs pretty well, but he just swooped in, bare-handed it and threw him out."

By that point, Cleveland manager Eric Wedge had already figured out the fates were against him.

"It just wasn't our night," he said. "We couldn't catch a break, they played superior defense, and we didn't take advantage of the opportunities we got."

Notes

  • The game drew a sold-out crowd of 40,782 on a 70-degree evening.
  • Westbrook started for Cleveland on July 4 last year with drastically different results, beating the Yankees 19-1 in Cleveland's biggest home win since 1950.
  • Thursday's series finale will match two candidates to be the AL's starting pitcher in next week's All-Star game -- C.C. Sabathia of the Indians and Justin Verlander of the Tigers.
 
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Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez and Todd Jones congratulate each other after the win vs. Cleveland.  (AP)
Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez and Todd Jones congratulate each other after the win vs. Cleveland. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

K. Rogers
IP 5.1
H 7
ER 1
BB 3
K 3
Detroit

C. Guillen
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF3010211 .283
Casey Blake, 3B4111103 .271
Jhonny Peralta, SS3100214 .280
Victor Martinez, C5011001 .322
Travis Hafner, DH4112122 .257
Jason Michaels, LF3010011 .289
   a- Ben Francisco, PH-LF2010000 .500
Ryan Garko, 1B4010001 .294
Franklin Gutierrez, RF4110003 .288
Josh Barfield, 2B4020012 .257
Totals36410466  
a-singled for Michaels in the 7th
Batting
2B - Victor Martinez (21, Rogers), Ryan Garko (12, Rogers)
HR - Travis Hafner (14, McBride)
RBI - Casey Blake (43), Victor Martinez (64), Travis Hafner 2 (54)
2-OUT RBI - Victor Martinez (23)
CS - Ben Francisco (1, 2nd base by Miner/Rodriguez)
PK - Grady Sizemore (1, Rogers)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Peralta-Barfield-Garko
Cleveland Indians
Jake Westbrook (L,1-4) 61055230 6.27
Edward Mujica 1211000 6.14
Fernando Cabrera 1000020 4.45
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 102-65, Edward Mujica 10-7, Fernando Cabrera 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 7-7, Edward Mujica 1-2
Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 29, Edward Mujica 5, Fernando Cabrera 3
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4111121 .284
Placido Polanco, 2B4011013 .330
Gary Sheffield, DH4110001 .295
Magglio Ordonez, RF3000100 .365
Carlos Guillen, SS4131000 .328
Ivan Rodriguez, C4121003 .282
Sean Casey, 1B4220011 .294
Marcus Thames, LF4010003 .235
Brandon Inge, 3B4012011 .247
Totals35612625  
Batting
2B - Curtis Granderson (23, Westbrook), Sean Casey (20, Westbrook)
3B - Carlos Guillen (5, Mujica), Ivan Rodriguez (2, Mujica)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (42), Placido Polanco (37), Carlos Guillen (61), Ivan Rodriguez (45), Brandon Inge 2 (40)
2-OUT RBI - Curtis Granderson (21), Placido Polanco (14), Carlos Guillen (23), Ivan Rodriguez (27)
SB - Marcus Thames (2, 2nd base off Westbrook/Martinez), Brandon Inge (5, 2nd base off Westbrook/Martinez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Brandon Inge (9, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Kenny Rogers (W,3-0) 5.1721330 1.04
Jason Grilli (H,7) 0.2011210 6.10
Macay McBride (H,2) 0.1111001 3.86
Zach Miner (H,3) 1.2200110 1.80
Todd Jones (S,21) 1000010 5.67
WP - Zach Miner (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 95-59, Jason Grilli 16-7, Macay McBride 7-4, Zach Miner 35-19, Todd Jones 11-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 9-4, Jason Grilli 1-0, Zach Miner 3-0, Todd Jones 1-1
Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 26, Jason Grilli 4, Macay McBride 2, Zach Miner 7, Todd Jones 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40782
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Derryl Cousins