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Cabrera catalyst as Tigers make it 10 straight wins against Indians

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CLEVELAND -- Miguel Cabrera wasn't exactly in his comfort zone as he batted with the bases loaded in a tie game and the wind swirling on a chilly, damp day.

The Detroit slugger delivered a two-run single in the seventh inning, though, leading the Tigers to a 6-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.

"It was really tough and I had to try and stay focused," Cabrera said after his line drive off Kerry Wood (0-1) broke a 3-3 tie and helped Detroit to its 10th consecutive win over the Indians. The Tigers are 18-4 in the series the past two years, outscoring Cleveland 116-79.

"We've won a few against them, but they have some thump in their lineup and that could turn around in a hurry," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "It was a good win on a miserable day."

Justin Verlander (3-2) gave up three runs over six innings, striking out nine. A year ago, the right-hander was 4-0 with a 0.90 ERA and three games of 11 strikeouts against Cleveland.

Joel Zumaya pitched two innings and Jose Valverde worked the ninth for his eighth save.

"We've been talking about those guys all year," Verlander said. "When you have the offense we have and a bullpen that shuts down the other team, you have the opportunity to get some wins."

Austin Kearns drove in three runs for Cleveland, which has lost five straight and nine of 11. The Tigers, meanwhile, avoided their first four-game losing streak since losing five straight from Sept. 8-12.

Wood got two quick outs in his first outing of the season. The right-hander, signed to a two-year, $20.5 million contract in December 2008, had been out since mid-March with a strained muscle in his upper back that put him on the disabled list for the 13th time in his career.

Wood fanned the first batter he faced, but loaded the bases on a two-out double by rookie Austin Jackson and consecutive walks to Johnny Damon and Magglio Ordonez before Cabrera connected.

"Walking Damon killed me there," Wood said. "I felt fine. I didn't make that bad of a pitch to Cabrera. The ball was in, off the plate. That's why he's hitting. 340, .350 every year. He's one of the best hitters in the game."

Cabrera said it wasn't easy.

"The wind was in my face and he's such a tough pitcher," said the first baseman, hitting .371 with an AL-leading 32 RBI. "I just tried to put the bat on the ball."

Since joining Detroit in 2008, Cabrera has hit .331 (54 of 163) with 11 homers and 37 RBI in 40 games against the Indians.

"It's not just Cleveland," Leyland said. "Cabrera has games against everybody. He's just a great player."

Detroit added an eighth-inning run on a two-out error by Indians shortstop Luis Valbuena, his third in two games.

Scott Sizemore's two-out, three-run double put the Tigers ahead 3-0 in the fourth off Justin Masterson.

"That was a big hit because it looked like [Masterson] could get out of the jam," Leyland said. "Then Scottie hit in the gap and scored them all."

Travis Hafner poked a run-scoring single between third and short with one out in the bottom half, and the Indians had runners on second and third before Verlander fanned Kearns and got Jhonny Peralta to ground out and end the threat.

Kearns tied it at 3-3 in the sixth with a two-run single to center with the bases loaded. His sacrifice fly in the eighth made it 6-4.

Masterson allowed three runs and five hits over six innings. The right-hander walked three and fanned eight, remaining winless since Aug. 20. Masterson is 1-12 in 17 appearances (16 starts) since joining Cleveland in a trade from Boston on July 31.

Notes

  • Indians manager Manny Acta scratched SS Asdrubal Cabrera a few minutes before the start. Cabrera has not played since Monday because of a strained left quad, but Acta said he likely will return Sunday.
  • The teams have not announced a makeup of Friday's game that was rained out after four innings. It could be added to a three-game series July 16-18, immediately after the All-Star break.
  • Hafner went 3 for 3 and has hit .400 (8 of 20) over his last six games.
  • Jackson has reached safely in 24 straight games since April 11, hitting .394 (41 of 104) during that stretch.
  • Cleveland struck out 15 times, a season-high for a nine-inning game.
  • Indians pitchers walked eight.
 
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Miguel Cabrera hits a two-run bases-loaded single off Kerry Wood, who's making his season debut. (AP)
Miguel Cabrera hits a two-run bases-loaded single off Kerry Wood, who's making his season debut. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

T. Hafner
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Detroit

S. Sizemore
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson, CF5120010 .370
Johnny Damon, LF2100323 .302
    Don Kelly, LF0000000 .172
Magglio Ordonez, RF4010100 .279
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3112212 .371
Brennan Boesch, DH5120012 .333
Brandon Inge, 3B4110120 .252
Alex Avila, C5000014 .178
Scott Sizemore, 2B3113120 .241
Ramon Santiago, SS4010011 .295
Totals35695811  
Batting
2B - Austin Jackson (9, Wood), Brennan Boesch (6, Ambriz), Scott Sizemore (5, Masterson)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (32), Scott Sizemore 3 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (10), Scott Sizemore 3 (5)
SB - Austin Jackson (6, 2nd base off Masterson/Marson)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Justin Verlander (1, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander (W,3-2) 6433490 4.50
Joel Zumaya (H,5) 2311050 1.47
Jose Valverde (S,8) 1000010 0.66
WP - Justin Verlander (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 118-75, Joel Zumaya 29-21, Jose Valverde 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 3-5, Jose Valverde 2-0
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 25, Joel Zumaya 9, Jose Valverde 3
Cleveland Indians
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B5120000 .245
Grady Sizemore, CF3100132 .214
Shin-Soo Choo, RF2210210 .311
Travis Hafner, DH4031010 .238
Austin Kearns, LF3013022 .343
Jhonny Peralta, 3B4000024 .207
Luis Valbuena, SS3000113 .167
Matt LaPorta, 1B4000010 .203
Lou Marson, C3000030 .200
   a- Russell Branyan, PH1000010 .206
Totals32474415  
a-struck out for Marson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Travis Hafner (4, Zumaya)
SF - Austin Kearns (1)
RBI - Travis Hafner (9), Austin Kearns 3 (15)
CS - Luis Valbuena (2, 2nd base by Verlander/Avila)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Valbuena-Grudzielanek-LaPorta, Grudzielanek-Valbuena-LaPorta
E - Luis Valbuena (5, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Justin Masterson 6533380 5.23
Kerry Wood (L,0-1) 0.2222210 27.00
Tony Sipp 1.1110120 2.25
Hector Ambriz 1100200 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 112-69, Kerry Wood 24-10, Tony Sipp 31-18, Hector Ambriz 21-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 4-5, Tony Sipp 2-1, Hector Ambriz 2-0
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 25, Kerry Wood 6, Tony Sipp 7, Hector Ambriz 5
Game Information
Attendance - 18428
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 51
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Chad Fairchild