Cleveland at Detroit

W: F. Carmona (7-5) L: J. Verlander (10-14)
HR: CLE - K. Shoppach (17), S. Choo (7)   DET - C. Granderson (16), M. Ordonez (16)

Indians complete sweep at Comerica, extend winning streak to 10 wire reports

DETROIT -- It's been a schizophrenic season for the Cleveland Indians.

Kelly Shoppach homered and drove in three runs and Shin-Soo Choo also went deep to lift the Cleveland Indians to their 10th consecutive victory -- 9-7 against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

The Indians also lost 10 in a row earlier this season, becoming the first team with such double-digit streaks since Tampa Bay won and lost 12 in a row in 2004.

"The makeup of the guys in this clubhouse is that they can have a 10-game losing streak and put it all behind them," said Shoppach.

Cleveland's team record is 13 consecutive victories, accomplished twice, the last time in 1951.

Magglio Ordonez had a home run and three RBI and Curtis Granderson also homered for Detroit, which lost its fourth straight.

"You can't come off a 4-2 road trip and get swept at home. That's not a good thing," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We are just not playing very good."

Fausto Carmona (7-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.

"I thought Fausto got better as the game wore on," said Indians manager Eric Wedge. "He did a very good job of settling down."

Carmona beat Justin Verlander (10-14), who gave up five runs and seven hits in six innings, walking three and striking out eight.

"I felt the best that I have all year tonight. I had good stuff," Verlander said. "It's funny. I had nothing in Kansas City in my last start and won and tonight I lost."

Cleveland had high expectations this year. The Indians lost in the ALCS to Boston last year, but got off to a slow start and was beset by injuries that have kept Travis Hafner and Victor Martinez out of the lineup. After falling so far back in the AL Central, Cleveland dealt staff ace and Cy Young Award winner CC Sabathia and clubhouse leader Casey Blake before the trading deadline.

"I'm pleased with the way their guys fought through things ... with all the adversity and trades and things," Wedge said.

The Indians had surrendered a two-run lead and trailed 4-3 in the fourth when Shoppach put them ahead for good with his 17th home run, a two-run shot to left off Verlander. It also scored Ryan Garko, who was hit by a pitch to start the inning.

"The homer to Shoppach was a good pitch," Verlander said.

Shoo made it 7-4 in the seventh with a two-run homer, his seventh of the year.

Ordonez kept the Tigers close in the late innings. He had an RBI double in the seventh and a two-run homer, his 16th of the season, in the ninth.

Cleveland took a 1-0 lead on Jhonny Peralta's two-out RBI single in the first. It scored Dave Dellucci, who hit a one-out double and moved to third on a groundout.

Granderson tied it by leading off the game for Detroit with his 16th home run. Granderson lined Carmona's 2-2 pitch to the opposite field in left.

Grady Sizemore's two-out, two-run single gave the Indians a 3-1 lead in the second. It scored Garko, who led off with a walk, and Shoppach, who singled. They moved up on a sacrifice.

The Tigers bounced back with three in the second to take a 4-3 lead on run-scoring singles by Brandon Inge, Ramon Santiago and Granderson.

Garko and Shoppach added run-scoring singles in the ninth.


  • OF Matt Laporta, who was hit in the head with a ball playing for the U.S. Olympic Team, was cleared for baseball activities and is expected to play Friday for Cleveland's Double-A affiliate in Akron. He was acquired in the trade that sent Sabathia to Milwaukee.
  • Detroit optioned RHP Chris Lambert to Triple-A Toledo and recalled IF Jeff Larish from the same team.
  • Leyland said he didn't expect RHP Todd Jones to pitch again this season. Jones, on the disabled list with a sore shoulder, went home to Pell City, Ala., to continue his rehabilitation. He is expected to return to the team before the end of the season.
  • The Indians pulled within two games of .500 for the first time since May 21.
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Kelly Shoppach provides three RBI and scores twice, including here as he avoids the tag at home.  (AP)
Kelly Shoppach provides three RBI and scores twice, including here as he avoids the tag at home. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Granderson
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1

K. Shoppach
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1

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Grady Sizemore, CF4012110 .269
David Dellucci, DH3110011 .248
   a- Franklin Gutierrez, PH-DH1000000 .237
Ben Francisco, RF5000024 .284
Jhonny Peralta, SS4221121 .281
Shin-Soo Choo, LF5232011 .266
Ryan Garko, 1B2211210 .256
Kelly Shoppach, C5233013 .263
Andy Marte, 3B4020001 .203
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B4000024 .216
a-flied out for Dellucci in the 8th
2B - David Dellucci (19, Verlander)
HR - Shin-Soo Choo (7, Glover), Kelly Shoppach (17, Verlander)
SH - Andy Marte (6), Asdrubal Cabrera (8)
RBI - Grady Sizemore 2 (83), Jhonny Peralta (73), Shin-Soo Choo 2 (38), Ryan Garko (70), Kelly Shoppach 3 (46)
2-OUT RBI - Grady Sizemore 2 (42), Jhonny Peralta (31)
Team LOB - 9
DP - A. Cabrera-Peralta-Garko, Peralta-A. Cabrera-Garko
E - Rafael Betancourt (1, Missed catch of throw)
Cleveland Indians
Fausto Carmona (W,7-5) 6744331 4.50
Rafael Perez (H,19) 0.1011100 3.42
Rafael Betancourt (H,7) 1.2100040 5.15
Jensen Lewis 1222021 4.05
Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 104-64, Rafael Perez 10-4, Rafael Betancourt 30-22, Jensen Lewis 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 11-2, Rafael Perez 1-0, Rafael Betancourt 2-0, Jensen Lewis 1-0
Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 26, Rafael Perez 2, Rafael Betancourt 7, Jensen Lewis 5
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4332101 .299
Matt Joyce, LF3010011 .267
   a- Marcus Thames, PH-LF2000022 .246
Magglio Ordonez, RF5123010 .308
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5000033 .288
Jeff Larish, 3B4110000 .245
Gary Sheffield, DH3100110 .225
Edgar Renteria, SS1000201 .265
Brandon Inge, C4111013 .218
Ramon Santiago, 2B4021000 .329
a-struck out for Joyce in the 7th
2B - Magglio Ordonez (26, Betancourt)
HR - Curtis Granderson (16, Carmona), Magglio Ordonez (16, Lewis)
SH - Edgar Renteria (2)
RBI - Curtis Granderson 2 (50), Magglio Ordonez 3 (77), Brandon Inge (42), Ramon Santiago (14)
2-OUT RBI - Magglio Ordonez 3 (39)
SB - Jeff Larish (2, 2nd base off Betancourt/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Renteria-Santiago-Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander (L,10-14) 6755381 4.53
Gary Glover 1222121 5.95
Bobby Seay 1222000 3.00
Kyle Farnsworth 1200010 3.95
HBP - Garko (by Justin Verlander), Dellucci (by Justin Verlander)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 115-69, Gary Glover 23-15, Bobby Seay 13-9, Kyle Farnsworth 13-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 5-5, Gary Glover 1-0, Bobby Seay 1-2, Kyle Farnsworth 1-0
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 30, Gary Glover 6, Bobby Seay 5, Kyle Farnsworth 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38519
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Kevin Causey, Third Base - Charlie Reliford