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DETROIT -- It's been a schizophrenic season for the Cleveland Indians.
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.
"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.
Garko and Shoppach added run-scoring singles in the ninth.
|Kelly Shoppach provides three RBI and scores twice, including here as he avoids the tag at home. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Grady Sizemore, CF||4||0||1||2||1||1||0||.269|
|David Dellucci, DH||3||1||1||0||0||1||1||.248|
|a- Franklin Gutierrez, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.237|
|Ben Francisco, RF||5||0||0||0||0||2||4||.284|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||4||2||2||1||1||2||1||.281|
|Shin-Soo Choo, LF||5||2||3||2||0||1||1||.266|
|Ryan Garko, 1B||2||2||1||1||2||1||0||.256|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||5||2||3||3||0||1||3||.263|
|Andy Marte, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.203|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.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)|
|Fausto Carmona (W,7-5)||6||7||4||4||3||3||1||4.50|
|Rafael Perez (H,19)||0.1||0||1||1||1||0||0||3.42|
|Rafael Betancourt (H,7)||1.2||1||0||0||0||4||0||5.15|
|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|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||4||3||3||2||1||0||1||.299|
|Matt Joyce, LF||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.267|
|a- Marcus Thames, PH-LF||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.246|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||5||1||2||3||0||1||0||.308|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||3||3||.288|
|Jeff Larish, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.245|
|Gary Sheffield, DH||3||1||0||0||1||1||0||.225|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||1||0||0||0||2||0||1||.265|
|Brandon Inge, C||4||1||1||1||0||1||3||.218|
|Ramon Santiago, 2B||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.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|
|Justin Verlander (L,10-14)||6||7||5||5||3||8||1||4.53|
|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|
|Attendance - 38519|
|Game Time - 3:20|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Kevin Causey, Third Base - Charlie Reliford|