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Jurrjens gets Tigers off to good start in key series against Indians

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- Comerica Park is a long way from Curacao.

Jair Jurrjens pitched comfortably for the Tigers in front of almost 43,000 fans Tuesday night -- as if everyone was behind him back home in the Dutch Caribbean islands.

Jurrjens allowed one hit in his second major league start and Detroit got consecutive homers from Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen to edge the Cleveland Indians 2-1 in the opener of a key three-game series.

"I'm going to remember this for the rest of my life," Jurrjens said.

The right-hander outpitched Fausto Carmona and carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning until Jhonny Peralta homered with one out for Cleveland's only hit of the game.

For the first time in franchise history, the Indians' lone hit was a home run. The last time they had only one hit was April 15 in a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.

When Tigers manager Jim Leyland came out of the dugout to replace Jurrjens, the pitcher puffed out his cheeks, exhaled and walked off the mound to a standing ovation.

"My phone is going to go crazy tonight," said Jurrjens, adding the game was televised in Curacao. "It's just a dream come true."

Joel Zumaya, just off the disabled list, and two other relievers helped Detroit hang on to pull within a half-game of the AL Central-leading Indians.

"That was a fun game to play in," Cleveland's Casey Blake said. "Every game from now on means something."

The 21-year-old Jurrjens (1-1) walked four and struck out one in 6 2/3 innings.

"For a young kid, he's got a good arm," Blake said.

Carmona does, too.

The 23-year-old right-hander, who beat Jurrjens in his big league debut last week, retired his first 12 batters before Ordonez and Guillen homered to start the fifth.

"He could've thrown a no-hitter," Blake said. "They probably hit four balls hard and two of them were homers."

Ordonez went to the opposite field on an 0-1 pitch, driving the ball over the wall in right-center.

"For him to do what he did with that pitch was pretty special stuff," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.

Carmona (14-8) gave up only three hits in eight innings. He struck out five and walked none.

"What gets lost in this game is Carmona was fantastic," Leyland said. "The guys were remarking that his stuff was tremendous."

Zumaya also was pretty good, pitching for the first time since May 1. He threw in the high 90s and retired the only batter he faced. He had been on the disabled list with a ruptured tendon in his right middle finger.

"It's nice to see that name in the lineup card," Leyland said. "I wanted to get him in and out. It was perfect."

Fernando Rodney pitched a hitless eighth and Todd Jones worked a perfect ninth for his 32nd save in 37 chances.

Detroit's defense helped Jurrjens all night.

Second baseman Placido Polanco, who missed the previous six games with an illness, was in perfect position -- shallow right field -- to catch Travis Hafner's liner in the second inning.

In the sixth, Guillen went deep into the shortstop hole to make a backhand stop and rob Blake of a hit with an off-balance throw after Kenny Lofton walked and stole a base.

"That was a great baseball game," Leyland said. "I guess it's easy for me to say that because we won."

Notes

  • The last time the Indians were part of a four-hit game was April 18, 1971, against the Washington Senators.
  • Wedge said LHP Aaron Laffey would start Saturday against Kansas City. Laffey, currently with Triple-A Buffalo, is 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts with Cleveland. His record in Buffalo is 9-3 with a 3.08 ERA.
  • Leyland said LHP Andrew Miller will start Friday against the Yankees and Roger Clemens in the opener of a four-game series in Detroit. Miller is on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring strain, but was impressive in a three-inning rehabilitation appearance with Triple-A Toledo on Monday night.
  • Detroit 3B Ryan Raburn started ahead of Brandon Inge, but was replaced by Inge in the seventh.
  • The teams are scheduled to play one more series after this one ends Thursday, with a three-game set Sept. 17-19 in Cleveland.
 
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Carlos Guillen's solo shot follows one from Magglio Ordonez for the only runs the Tigers need. (AP)
Carlos Guillen's solo shot follows one from Magglio Ordonez for the only runs the Tigers need. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

J. Jurrjens
IP 6.2
H 1
ER 1
BB 4
K 1
Cleveland

J. Peralta
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Cleveland Indians
Kenny Lofton, LF2000210 .293
Casey Blake, 3B4000012 .263
Grady Sizemore, CF4000001 .274
Victor Martinez, C3000000 .301
Travis Hafner, DH1000200 .252
Ryan Garko, 1B3000002 .307
Trot Nixon, RF3000000 .259
Jhonny Peralta, SS3111000 .273
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B3000000 .269
Totals2611142  
Batting
HR - Jhonny Peralta (18, Jurrjens)
RBI - Jhonny Peralta (61)
SB - Kenny Lofton (22, 2nd base off Jurrjens/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Kenny Lofton 1
DP - Lofton-A. Cabrera
Cleveland Indians
Fausto Carmona (L,14-8) 8322052 3.11
Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 77-59
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 12-6
Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 26
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3010000 .288
Placido Polanco, 2B3000001 .342
Gary Sheffield, DH3000020 .279
Magglio Ordonez, RF3111000 .351
Carlos Guillen, SS3111000 .304
Ivan Rodriguez, C3000000 .280
Sean Casey, 1B3000000 .283
Marcus Thames, LF3000020 .247
Ryan Raburn, 3B2000010 .341
    Brandon Inge, 3B0000000 .242
Totals2623205  
Batting
2B - Curtis Granderson (31, Carmona)
HR - Magglio Ordonez (23, Carmona), Carlos Guillen (16, Carmona)
RBI - Magglio Ordonez (111), Carlos Guillen (79)
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Curtis Granderson 1
DP - Granderson-Guillen-Casey, Polanco-Guillen-Casey
Detroit Tigers
Jair Jurrjens (W,1-1) 6.2111411 3.29
Joel Zumaya (H,4) 0.1000000 3.57
Fernando Rodney (H,9) 1000000 4.33
Todd Jones (S,32) 1000010 4.56
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 78-50, Joel Zumaya 5-3, Fernando Rodney 9-6, Todd Jones 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 7-10, Joel Zumaya 1-0, Fernando Rodney 1-2
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 23, Joel Zumaya 1, Fernando Rodney 3, Todd Jones 3
Game Information
Attendance - 42868
Game Time - 1:59
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom