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Pavano effective as Indians hold off Tigers

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DETROIT -- Carl Pavano made his best start since joining the Cleveland Indians, but had to sweat out the final five outs before he could celebrate his first victory with the club.

After he pitched 7 1/3 effective innings, the bullpen held off the Detroit Tigers 6-5 on Friday night.

Pavano (1-3), who made his longest start since a shutout win at Seattle on May 17, 2005, left with Cleveland leading 6-1 in the eighth inning. He was pulled for reliever Rafael Perez after giving up two doubles in the eighth, including Adam Everett's that gave the Tigers' their first run. Placido Polanco followed with an RBI single that made it 6-2.

Reliever Jensen Lewis later gave up Miguel Cabrera's fifth homer of the season, a three-run shot that cut the lead to 6-5.

The Indians got out of the inning and Kerry Wood pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save in as many chances.

"They put the ball in play and the guys made great plays behind me," said Pavano, who struck out only three batters. "On both sides of the diamond, we played pretty well."

After four injury riddled seasons with the New York Yankees, Pavano showed the kind of stuff that made him a 2003 NL all-star with Florida. He had just three strikeouts but just one Tiger to reach second base in the first seven innings. By that time, the lineup had given him a six-run cushion.

"When you get the runs, it allows you to be a little more aggressive," Pavano added.

Cleveland's Jhonny Peralta ended an 0-for-8 skid with an RBI single and solo homer in his first two at-bats. The first hit came during the Indians' four-run second inning.

Peralta added his first home run of the season in the third off Armando Galarraga (3-1), who lost for the first time this season after lasting just five innings.

Galarraga, who had an 0.68 ERA in his first two starts at Comerica Park, allowed five runs in the first three innings - matching the total he'd allowed in his first four outings. The right-hander, who led all AL rookies with 13 wins last season, was pulled after throwing 94 pitches.

"I thought Galarraga looked tentative tonight," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "Pavano pretty much controlled us. Nothing fancy. He just used both sides of the plate."

Peralta, Grady Sizemore, Asdrubal Cabrera and Victor Martinez drove in runs during the second and Kelly Shoppach added an RBI single in the seventh off reliever Nate Robertson.

Peralta's third-inning homer was his 86th with the Indians, moving him ahead of Woodie Held for sole possession of the club's career record for a shortstop.

"It was nice to see him get that home run out of the way," manager Eric Wedge said of Peralta, who was 2-for-31 during the Indians' last nine games.

Notes

  • The Indians recalled OF David Dellucci and optioned LHP Rich Rundles to Triple-A Columbus before the game. Dellucci went 4-for-5 with two doubles and scored a run as the designated hitter in his first game of the season.
  • Matt LaPorta, the outfielder acquired during last season's trade for CC Sabathia, will join the club before Saturday's game.
  • Light rain showers delayed the start of the game 43 minutes.
  • Inge made a sprawling, sliding catch of Shin-Soo Choo's foul ball near the Tigers' dugout to end the top of the eighth.
 
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Carl Pavano turns in his longest outing since 2005 and earns his first win of the season.  (AP)
Carl Pavano turns in his longest outing since 2005 and earns his first win of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Cleveland

J. Peralta
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF3011102 .242
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B4011112 .324
Victor Martinez, 1B3011201 .385
Shin-Soo Choo, LF5000007 .256
Mark DeRosa, 3B5220010 .245
Jhonny Peralta, SS5222011 .222
Dave Dellucci, DH5140000 .800
Ben Francisco, RF5000016 .222
Kelly Shoppach, C3111120 .238
Totals38612656  
Batting
2B - Mark DeRosa (4, Galarraga), Dave Dellucci 2 (2, Galarraga, Perry)
HR - Jhonny Peralta (1, Galarraga)
SF - Grady Sizemore (1)
RBI - Grady Sizemore (19), Asdrubal Cabrera (10), Victor Martinez (12), Jhonny Peralta 2 (8), Kelly Shoppach (7)
2-OUT RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera (5), Victor Martinez (3), Kelly Shoppach (3)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Martinez-Peralta-Pavano
E - Victor Martinez (1, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Carl Pavano (W,1-3) 7.1522030 7.46
Rafael Perez0222000 13.50
Jensen Lewis (H,3) 0.1111001 5.68
Rafael Betancourt (H,4) 0.1000000 5.23
Kerry Wood (S,5) 1000010 6.00
Pitches-Strikes - Carl Pavano 97-64, Rafael Perez 3-2, Jensen Lewis 8-4, Rafael Betancourt 5-3, Kerry Wood 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carl Pavano 11-8, Rafael Betancourt 1-0, Kerry Wood 2-0
Batters Faced - Carl Pavano 27, Rafael Perez 2, Jensen Lewis 2, Rafael Betancourt 1, Kerry Wood 3
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4120011 .253
Placido Polanco, 2B4111001 .256
Magglio Ordonez, DH4010003 .241
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4123001 .383
Carlos Guillen, LF4000002 .218
Gerald Laird, C4000000 .267
Brandon Inge, 3B4110020 .315
Josh Anderson, RF4000011 .311
Adam Everett, SS3111001 .239
Totals3558504  
Batting
2B - Brandon Inge (4, Pavano), Adam Everett (4, Pavano)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (5, Lewis)
RBI - Placido Polanco (15), Miguel Cabrera 3 (17), Adam Everett (6)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera 3 (11)
SB - Curtis Granderson (3, 2nd base off Pavano/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Miguel Cabrera (3, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Armando Galarraga (L,3-1) 5855321 3.07
Nate Robertson 3311230 7.00
Ryan Perry 1100010 3.12
Pitches-Strikes - Armando Galarraga 94-56, Nate Robertson 48-28, Ryan Perry 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 4-9, Nate Robertson 2-4
Batters Faced - Armando Galarraga 26, Nate Robertson 14, Ryan Perry 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22288
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 53
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Eric Cooper