Detroit at Cleveland

W: F. Carmona (9-7) L: P. Coke (5-1)
S: C. Perez (8)
HR: DET - None   CLE - None

Crowe's RBI pushes Indians to win in Game 1 of DH wire reports

CLEVELAND -- Fausto Carmona tried to outpitch fellow All-Star Justin Verlander and lost his command -- but won the game.

Cleveland's right-hander walked six over seven innings, but backed by superb defense and a two-out RBI single by Trevor Crowe in the seventh, Carmona and the Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.

"Fausto did such a good job without his best stuff and kept putting up zeros until we could get Verlander out of there," Crowe said.

Crowe came through in the seventh with a tiebreaking single against reliever Phil Coke (5-1). The hit scored Matt LaPorta, who doubled with two outs.

Carmona fell behind 3-0 in the first inning, but got stronger while Verlander faded.

"I tried too much and was overthrowing," Carmona admitted. "The defense really helped me win."

Third baseman Andy Marte started three around-the-horn double plays to thwart Tigers threats in the second, third and fifth. His backhand stop of a smash by Miguel Cabrera in the third helped halt the Detroit slugger's hitting streak at 20 games. Cabrera went 0 for 3 with a walk.

"That was a huge swing inning," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Cabrera hit a bullet down the third-base line with two guys on and it looked like it was going to bring another run in and we would have second and third with no out. Marte made a great play on it. Then they scored two in the bottom half."

Carmona left in the eighth after yielding a leadoff double to Johnny Damon. Joe Smith got Magglio Ordonez to ground out and fanned Cabrera. Left-hander Rafael Perez then retired Brennan Boesch on a groundout.

"Smitty was huge, fantastic," Indians manager Manny Acta said.

Chris Perez worked the ninth for his eighth save. He closed in place of veteran Kerry Wood, put on the disabled list before the game due to a blistered right index finger.

Carlos Guillen had a two-run single and Brandon Inge followed with an RBI double in the Tigers' first. Guillen was thrown out at the plate on a close play to end the inning.

Carmona walked five over the first three innings, but settled down. He allowed three runs and six hits, striking out three. Acta went to the mound after Carmona walked Damon to open the third. Carmona then walked Ordonez, too, before Marte bailed him out.

"I told Fausto to forget those three early runs because they were gone," Acta said. "He was a little agitated but I said, 'Just calm yourself.' He did and gave us the chance to win."

Verlander fanned nine and walked five over six innings, allowing six hits and three runs. He also threw two wild pitches in the sixth that enabled Cleveland to tie the score at 3.

"For the most part I felt pretty good, but five walks is way too much," Verlander said.

The hard-throwing right-hander struck out three over two hitless innings before the Indians cut it to 3-2 in the third. Jason Donald had an RBI double and scored on a single by Michael Brantley. Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson preserved the lead with a running catch in right-center to take away LaPorta's bid for extra bases with two on and two outs.

Cleveland loaded the bases with one out in the fifth on a single by Brantley and two walks. Verlander then struck out cleanup hitter Travis Hafner on three pitches and fanned LaPorta on a 1-2 pitch in the dirt.

"His curve and changeup were nasty all day," Crowe said. "But we hung in there. This was a good win against a great pitcher."

The Indians loaded the bases again in the sixth. Shelley Duncan singled, went to second on a two-out single by Donald and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Verlander walked Brantley and uncorked another wild pitch, scoring Duncan.

Tigers catcher Alex Avila took the blame.

"It was a slider where it was supposed to be," Avila said. "I just didn't get down in time."


  • Detroit called up RHP Rick Porcello from Triple-A Toledo to start the second game against Mitch Talbot. The Tigers optioned LHP Daniel Schlereth to Toledo.
  • Wood's trip to the DL is the 14th of his career and second this year.
  • RHP Jensen Lewis was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to replace Wood. "I left Norfolk (Va.) at 5:30 this morning so this is a real long day, but I wouldn't want it any other way," Lewis said.
  • Verlander is 9-10 in his career against Cleveland. He went 4-0 with a 0.90 ERA in four starts against the Indians in 2009.
  • Acta said the Indians will call up RHP Jeanmar Gomez on Sunday to make his major league debut. But win or lose, it will only be a spot start. Gomez pitched a perfect game for Double-A Akron last year.
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Trevor Crowe connects off Phil Coke for a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning. (AP)
Trevor Crowe connects off Phil Coke for a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Donald
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

F. Carmona
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 3
BB 6
K 3

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Johnny Damon, DH3020101 .278
Magglio Ordonez, RF3000103 .312
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3100112 .343
Brennan Boesch, LF3100102 .332
Carlos Guillen, 2B4012000 .284
Brandon Inge, 3B3011120 .265
Alex Avila, C2000210 .215
Ramon Santiago, SS4010003 .264
2B - Johnny Damon (22, Carmona), Brandon Inge (23, Carmona)
RBI - Carlos Guillen 2 (30), Brandon Inge (40)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Guillen 2 (13), Brandon Inge (12)
SB - Austin Jackson (16, 2nd base off Carmona/Santana), Brandon Inge (2, 2nd base off Perez/Santana)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Brennan Boesch 1
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander 6633590 3.86
Phil Coke (L,5-1) 1211100 2.65
Ryan Perry 1000010 5.26
IBB - Duncan by Phil Coke
WP - Justin Verlander 2 (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 116-72, Phil Coke 14-7, Ryan Perry 13-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 2-7, Phil Coke 1-1
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 29, Phil Coke 5, Ryan Perry 3
Cleveland Indians
Michael Brantley, CF4021100 .143
Jayson Nix, 2B3000123 .198
Carlos Santana, C3000111 .270
Travis Hafner, DH3000113 .247
Matt LaPorta, 1B4110015 .250
Shelley Duncan, RF2110210 .276
    Austin Kearns, PR-RF0000000 .269
Trevor Crowe, LF4011012 .255
Andy Marte, 3B4110011 .194
Jason Donald, SS4121020 .279
2B - Matt LaPorta (8, Coke), Jason Donald (14, Verlander)
RBI - Michael Brantley (6), Trevor Crowe (22), Jason Donald (14)
2-OUT RBI - Trevor Crowe (12)
SB - Michael Brantley (1, 2nd base off Verlander/Avila)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Trevor Crowe 1
DP - Marte-Nix-LaPorta, Marte-Nix-LaPorta, Marte-Nix-LaPorta
E - Michael Brantley (1, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Fausto Carmona (W,9-7) 7633630 3.65
Joe Smith (H,7) 0.2000010 4.96
Rafael Perez (H,4) 0.1000000 3.90
Chris Perez (S,8) 1000110 2.55
Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 118-66, Joe Smith 6-4, Rafael Perez 2-1, Chris Perez 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 11-3, Joe Smith 1-0, Rafael Perez 1-0
Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 29, Joe Smith 2, Rafael Perez 1, Chris Perez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20090
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Jerry Layne