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Tigers 4, Indians 2

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DETROIT -- Jeremy Bonderman looked like a dependable pitcher again.

Bonderman gave up one hit in five innings and Magglio Ordonez had a two-run homer, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.

The right-hander won and started for the first time at home in nearly two years, bouncing back from surgery that broke up a blood clot in his throwing shoulder.

"It was fun to just get back on the mound, compete and be who I am and not worry about my arm hurting," he said. "It's been a long journey back, but I'm hoping I got 35 more starts in and hopefully we can do something special."

Bonderman (1-0) retired the first 11 he faced, then allowed a run on a wild pitch, single and two walks to win for the first time since his last Comerica Park start on May 22, 2008.

He started on opening day for the Tigers in 2005 at the age of 22, the youngest pitcher to earn the honor since Dwight Gooden two decades earlier, and helped them reach the World Series the next season for the first time since 1984.

A circulation problem in his shoulder in 2008 stunted his career.

The Tigers, though, publicly counted on him being a starter this year and he rewarded their faith with a strong spring and first start.

"We were tickled to death, obviously," manager Jim Leyland said.

Bonderman needed some help to get the win.

Brad Thomas gave up a run as he matched a career high by pitching two innings, Fu-Te Ni retired two and Ryan Perry took the ball for the final 1 1/3 innings to pick up his first career save.

"It was a dream come true for me to come in the ninth for a save," the 23-year-old Perry said.

The Tigers have won three straight and four of five.

Mitch Talbot (0-1) allowed four runs, six hits and five walks in his debut with the Indians and fourth game in the majors.

He threw 38 pitches -- just half for strikes -- in the first inning before recovering well enough for stay in the game for 101 pitches over five innings.

"It didn't feel like anything was wrong mechanically, I just couldn't throw strikes," Talbot said. "Nothing felt different in the last two innings, but the pitches were there."

Johnny Damon singled in the first, ending a three-game hitless streak, and scored on Ordonez's no-doubt shot to left.

The Tigers scored two more in the third to take a 4-0 lead on Brandon Inge's RBI single and Scott Sizemore's sacrifice fly, the rookie's first RBI.

Bonderman struck out the top two hitters in Cleveland's lineup -- Asdrubal Cabrera and Grady Sizemore -- to open the fourth, inspiring "Let's go Bon-do!" chants from fans in the stands. Then, he walked Shin-Soo Choo on a full-count pitch. Choo advanced to third on a single and scored on a wild pitch.

"He was cruising along great, then it was encouraging to see him bounce back after that tough inning," catcher Alex Avila said.

Hafner's RBI single in the sixth pulled the Indians within two runs and they blew a chance to at least cut into the deficit two innings later. Ni hit two straight batters in the eighth, then struck out Hafner and Perry got Jhonny Peralta out swinging.

"You can't win a lot of games by scoring two," manager Manny Acta said. "But we're battling against some good pitching."

Notes
  • Bonderman was 0-1 with a 8.71 ERA in eight games last season, including only one start on June 8.
  • Talbot, acquired in the offseason from Tampa Bay for C Kelly Shoppach , made his previous appearance in the majors for the Rays at Detroit on Sept. 28, 2008, and gave up five runs in 2 1/3 innings. He made the second start of his career in the majors.
  • Ordonez was 1 for 3 -- dropping his batting average to .476 -- after opening the season with four multihit games in a row.
  • Cabrera has a hit in each of Cleveland's five games.
  • Sizemore struck out three times for the first time in one year and a day.
  • Detroit's top draft pick last year, RHP Jacob Turner , threw five scoreless innings a year out of high school in his professional debut Friday for Class-A West Michigan.
  • Leyland rested closer Jose Valverde along with relievers Joel Zumaya and Phil Coke .
 
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Magglio Ordonez hits a two-run homer and ends the day with a .476 batting average.  (US Presswire)
Magglio Ordonez hits a two-run homer and ends the day with a .476 batting average. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Ordonez
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Detroit

J. Bonderman
IP 5.0
H 1
ER 1
BB 2
K 5
 
Cleveland Indians
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4110020 .333
Grady Sizemore, CF3000031 .273
Shin-Soo Choo, RF2100111 .111
Travis Hafner, DH4021022 .238
Jhonny Peralta, 3B3000113 .188
Matt LaPorta, 1B4000002 .267
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4000000 .143
Lou Marson, C2000100 .000
   a- Luis Valbuena, PH1000000 .167
Michael Brantley, LF3000001 .231
Totals3023139  
a-fouled out for Marson in the 9th
Batting
RBI - Travis Hafner (2)
2-OUT RBI - Travis Hafner (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - A. Cabrera-Grudzielanek-LaPorta, Peralta-LaPorta
Cleveland Indians
Mitch Talbot (L,0-1) 5644511 7.20
Tony Sipp 1000110 7.71
Joe Smith 1000310 3.38
Jensen Lewis 1000020 0.00
IBB - Guillen by Joe Smith
HBP - Avila (by Tony Sipp)
Pitches-Strikes - Mitch Talbot 104-55, Tony Sipp 18-8, Joe Smith 22-8, Jensen Lewis 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mitch Talbot 6-6, Joe Smith 1-0
Batters Faced - Mitch Talbot 24, Tony Sipp 5, Joe Smith 5, Jensen Lewis 3
Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson, CF5000022 .261
Johnny Damon, LF2110200 .150
    Don Kelly, LF0000000 .000
Magglio Ordonez, RF3112101 .476
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3110101 .450
Carlos Guillen, DH2100201 .263
Brandon Inge, 3B3021110 .368
Alex Avila, C1000213 .250
Scott Sizemore, 2B3001004 .091
Adam Everett, SS4010012 .333
Totals2646495  
Batting
HR - Magglio Ordonez (2, Talbot)
SF - Scott Sizemore (1)
RBI - Magglio Ordonez 2 (4), Brandon Inge (3), Scott Sizemore (1)
CS - Adam Everett (1, 2nd base by Talbot/Marson)
Team LOB - 9
Detroit Tigers
Jeremy Bonderman (W,1-0) 5111250 1.80
Brad Thomas (H,1) 2211120 3.86
Fu-Te Ni (H,1) 0.2000010 5.40
Ryan Perry (S,1) 1.1000010 2.45
HBP - Sizemore (by Fu-Te Ni), Choo (by Fu-Te Ni)
WP - Jeremy Bonderman (1), Brad Thomas (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 91-59, Brad Thomas 42-25, Fu-Te Ni 11-7, Ryan Perry 12-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 4-6, Brad Thomas 4-0, Fu-Te Ni 1-0, Ryan Perry 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 18, Brad Thomas 9, Fu-Te Ni 4, Ryan Perry 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35332
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 50
Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Paul Nauert