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Detroit at Cleveland

Final 13th
W: C. Fossum (2-0) L: J. Rincon (2-3)
HR: DET - M. Cabrera (19), B. Inge (9)   CLE - B. Francisco (9), G. Sizemore (26), B. Francisco (10), K. Shoppach (10), K. Shoppach (11)

Tigers outlast Indians despite Shoppach's five extra-base hits

CBSSports.com wire reports

CLEVELAND -- Kelly Shoppach was too tired and disappointed to celebrate his record night.

Cleveland's catcher tied a major league mark with five extra-base hits, including a game-tying home run in the ninth, but the Indians lost 14-12 to the Detroit Tigers in 13 innings Wednesday night.

"I don't know about any records and I'm too tired to think about it," Shoppach said after the grueling game that went 5 hours, 33 minutes, used 16 dozen baseballs and had 526 total pitches.

Detroit manager Jim Leyland called it one of the most memorable victories in his long career. It came on a day the Tigers traded veteran catcher Ivan Rodriguez to the New York Yankees, fell behind to All-Star Cliff Lee 8-1, and got out of bases-loaded jams in the ninth, 10th and 12th innings.

"It was one heck of a freak win," Leyland said.

Shoppach -- the eighth player to get five extra-base hits in a game -- had two home runs, three doubles and drove in three runs. Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau was the only other AL player to do it, with a home run and four doubles on July 14, 1946, for Cleveland at Boston. Shawn Green of the Los Angeles Dodgers last accomplished the feat with four home runs and a double on May 23, 2002.

Shoppach had a chance for a great ending to his big game, but struck out on a 3-2 pitch from Casey Fossum with the bases loaded and no outs in the 12th.

"I can't take personal gain in a loss like this," Shoppach said, adding that he thought he swung at a bad pitch in the 12th. "It would be a lot different in this clubhouse if we had won."

Fossum (2-0) then got Andy Marte to hit into a double play. The left-hander allowed one runner in the bottom of the 13th before getting the final out at 12:41 a.m.

"It was a huge win. It seems we were meant to win this game no matter what," Fossum said as teammates danced to blaring music in the clubhouse -- only 11 hours before having to take the field for the fourth game of the series.

Carlos Guillen singled with one out off Juan Rincon (2-3), the Indians' seventh pitcher, in the 13th. Guillen took third on Curtis Granderson's fifth hit, a single to right. Placido Polanco grounded to third, scoring Guillen, and Granderson later scored on a throwing error by first baseman Ryan Garko.

Detroit had 22 hits and the Indians had 19. Both teams stranded 14 runners.

"We battled hard, but had opportunities late and have got to push across a run there," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.

The Tigers traded Rodriguez for reliever Kyle Farnsworth -- then showed why they needed bullpen help.

Fernando Rodney, who has one career save and is now the Tigers' closer, gave up the tying home run to Shoppach with one out in the ninth.

Brandon Inge, who took Rodriguez's spot at catcher, homered for the Tigers.

Ben Francisco had four hits, including two home runs for the Indians, and Grady Sizemore hit a three-run shot, his 26th.

The Tigers fell behind 8-1, but rallied against Lee, who was seeking to become the major leagues' first 15-game winner.

The Indians led 11-7 in the eighth and reliever Edward Mujica got the first two outs before Detroit scored four runs to tie it. After Marcus Thames had an RBI double and Magglio Ordonez singled home a run off Mujica, Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run double high off the wall in left to make it 11-11.

Polanco hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth to give Detroit a 12-11 lead before Shoppach tied it in the bottom half.

After Detroit pulled to 8-7 in the sixth, Francisco and Shoppach both hit their 10th home runs in the bottom of the inning off Aquilino Lopez to put Cleveland up 11-7.

Lee gave up 10 hits and six runs in five innings. The left-hander remained 14-2 as he tries to become Cleveland's first 20-game winner since Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry went 21-13 in 1974.


  • The Tigers purchased the contract of C Dane Sardinha from Triple-A Toledo. Detroit will need to make another roster move when Farnsworth reports to the club.
  • Leyland said RHP Todd Jones might go on the DL. "He told the trainer he felt something," Leyland said.
  • Indians 2B Asdrubal Cabrera had his first four-hit game.
  • It was Francisco's first multihomer game.
  • Tigers starter Nate Robertson gave up eight runs and nine hits in three innings. He is 0-2 in seven starts since beating San Diego on June 21.
  • Fossum also got out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the fifth against the Indians on July 9 in an 8-6 victory.
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Carlos Guillen celebrates after sliding home with the eventual winning run in the 13th inning.  (AP)
Carlos Guillen celebrates after sliding home with the eventual winning run in the 13th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1

K. Shoppach
AB 6
R 4
H 5
HR 2

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Placido Polanco, 2B6223002 .309
Marcus Thames, LF6111047 .256
    Matt Joyce, LF1010100 .287
Magglio Ordonez, RF8121006 .320
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5134010 .296
    Ramon Santiago, PR-3B1000000 .352
Gary Sheffield, DH7041001 .229
Edgar Renteria, SS7110014 .258
Brandon Inge, C5311223 .227
Ryan Raburn, 3B4110011 .240
   a- Carlos Guillen, PH-3B^1B2110100 .285
a-walked for Raburn in the 9th
2B - Marcus Thames (10, Mujica), Miguel Cabrera (25, Mujica), Edgar Renteria (10, Lee)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (19, Lee), Brandon Inge (9, Lee)
SF - Placido Polanco (4), Miguel Cabrera (6)
RBI - Curtis Granderson 2 (37), Placido Polanco 3 (38), Marcus Thames (44), Magglio Ordonez (62), Miguel Cabrera 4 (79), Gary Sheffield (29), Brandon Inge (31)
2-OUT RBI - Curtis Granderson (12), Marcus Thames (11), Magglio Ordonez (34), Miguel Cabrera 3 (24), Gary Sheffield (9)
SB - Placido Polanco (4, 2nd base off Betancourt/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 14
Outfield Assists - Curtis Granderson 1
DP - Raburn-Polanco-Cabrera, Polanco-Renteria-Cabrera, Renteria-Polanco-Guillen
PB - Brandon Inge (3)
E - Curtis Granderson (3, Missed catch of throw), Marcus Thames (2, Missed catch of throw)
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson 3988222 6.06
Aquilino Lopez 2.2322231 3.11
Todd Jones 1.1111011 5.05
Freddy Dolsi 1100000 4.32
Fernando Rodney (BS,3) 1211221 5.60
Bobby Seay 2200250 2.57
Casey Fossum (W,2-0) 2100320 5.12
IBB - Sizemore by Fernando Rodney, Shoppach by Bobby Seay
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 67-43, Aquilino Lopez 50-31, Todd Jones 25-16, Freddy Dolsi 11-7, Fernando Rodney 33-16, Bobby Seay 45-27, Casey Fossum 40-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 5-1, Aquilino Lopez 3-2, Todd Jones 2-1, Freddy Dolsi 1-1, Fernando Rodney 1-0, Casey Fossum 2-1
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 19, Aquilino Lopez 13, Todd Jones 5, Freddy Dolsi 3, Fernando Rodney 7, Bobby Seay 9, Casey Fossum 9
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF7123134 .279
Franklin Gutierrez, RF3000111 .214
   a- David Dellucci, PH-LF3010013 .227
   b- Jamey Carroll, PH1000011 .276
Ben Francisco, DH7242002 .277
Jhonny Peralta, SS6010122 .269
Shin-Soo Choo, LF-RF4200332 .252
Kelly Shoppach, C6453113 .271
Andy Marte, 3B6221112 .186
Ryan Garko, 1B3000202 .241
    Andy Gonzalez, PR-1B1000113 .333
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B7141013 .199
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b-struck out for Dellucci in the 13th
2B - Kelly Shoppach 3 (17, Robertson, Robertson, Lopez), Andy Marte (4, Robertson), Asdrubal Cabrera (9, Robertson)
HR - Grady Sizemore (26, Robertson), Ben Francisco 2 (10, Robertson, Lopez), Kelly Shoppach 2 (11, T. Jones, Rodney)
RBI - Grady Sizemore 3 (59), Ben Francisco 2 (39), Kelly Shoppach 3 (31), Andy Marte (6), Asdrubal Cabrera (17)
2-OUT RBI - Grady Sizemore 3 (29), Ben Francisco (15), Kelly Shoppach 2 (8), Asdrubal Cabrera (10)
Team LOB - 14
Outfield Assists - Shin-Soo Choo 2
DP - Rincon-Peralta-Gonzalez
PB - Kelly Shoppach (7)
E - Shin-Soo Choo (2, Throwing), Andy Gonzalez (1, Throwing), Jhonny Peralta (10, Misplayed grounder), Rafael Perez (1, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Cliff Lee 51066052 2.58
Jensen Lewis (H,4) 0.1010100 4.61
Rafael Perez (H,14) 1.2000020 3.31
Edward Mujica 0.2444100 5.40
Masahide Kobayashi 1.1111210 3.70
Rafael Betancourt 2300120 5.79
Juan Rincon (L,2-3) 2421000 6.38
HBP - Polanco (by Rafael Perez)
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 88-62, Jensen Lewis 18-10, Rafael Perez 25-17, Edward Mujica 28-17, Masahide Kobayashi 27-15, Rafael Betancourt 32-23, Juan Rincon 37-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 4-5, Jensen Lewis 2-0, Rafael Perez 4-0, Edward Mujica 1-1, Masahide Kobayashi 2-1, Rafael Betancourt 2-2, Juan Rincon 5-0
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 24, Jensen Lewis 3, Rafael Perez 7, Edward Mujica 7, Masahide Kobayashi 7, Rafael Betancourt 10, Juan Rincon 9
Game Information
Attendance - 26596
Game Time - 5:33
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Chris Guccione