Detroit at Cleveland

Final 11th
W: R. Perez (2-0) L: R. Weinhardt (0-1)
HR: DET - None   CLE - C. Santana (6)

Indians sweep doubleheader with Kearns' single in 11th wire reports

CLEVELAND -- Manager Manny Acta didn't care that it took 11 hours. He was plenty proud of the Cleveland Indians' doubleheader sweep of the Detroit Tigers.

Austin Kearns lined a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Cleveland a 2-1 win in the second game after Fausto Carmona (9-7) outlasted Justin Verlander in a matchup of All-Star right-handers to win the opener 4-3.

Rafael Perez (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in the second game for the win, which came early Sunday morning after rain halted play for 1 hour, 53 minutes in the top of the ninth.

"It was the culmination of a long, long, but productive day," Acta said. "It was all worth it."

Jayson Nix singled off Robbie Weinhardt (0-1) to start Cleveland's two-out rally. Weinhardt then walked Carlos Santana and Kearns, with the runners in motion on a 3-2 pitch, lined a single to left, easily scoring Nix.

Trevor Crowe's RBI single off Phil Coke (5-1) broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning of the opener and Chris Perez worked a scoreless ninth for his eighth save in 11 chances. He closed in place of Kerry Wood, put on the disabled list before the game with a blister on his right index finger.

"The bullpen did a fantastic job in both games," Acta said.

Rick Porcello, recalled from Triple-A Toledo by the Tigers between games, pitched eight solid innings. The right-hander struck out six without a walk and allowed six hits, including a sixth-inning homer by Santana.

Cleveland starter Mitch Talbot yielded a two-out RBI single to Ryan Raburn in the second. The right-hander worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the first and went five innings. Jensen Lewis, called up to take Wood's roster spot, then worked two scoreless.

"We didn't execute," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said after Detroit was swept in a doubleheader in Cleveland for the first time since July 4, 2005. "We let them off the hook in the first inning. We didn't do enough to win the game. We didn't execute. We stunk the joint up, plain and simple."


  • The Tigers optioned LHP Daniel Schlereth to Toledo when Porcello was recalled between games.
  • Wood's trip to the DL is the 14th of his career and second this year.
  • It was a very long day for Lewis. "I left Norfolk [Va.] at 5:30 this morning and got the ballpark around nine," he said.
  • Verlander, 9-10 in his career against the Indians, went 4-0 with a 0.90 ERA against them in 2009.
  • Acta said the Indians will call up RHP Jeanmar Gomez on Sunday to make his major league debut. 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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The Indians mob Austin Kearns after his game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning.  (AP)
The Indians mob Austin Kearns after his game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Santana
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

R. Porcello
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 0
K 6

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Detroit Tigers
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Ryan Raburn, 2B3011001 .211
   a- Carlos Guillen, PH-2B1000001 .282
Magglio Ordonez, DH4000112 .308
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5010023 .341
Brennan Boesch, RF4020104 .335
Brandon Inge, 3B5000017 .260
Don Kelly, LF5020012 .229
Gerald Laird, C3000001 .188
   b- Johnny Damon, PH1010000 .280
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a-flied out for Raburn in the 9th
b-doubled for Laird in the 9th
2B - Austin Jackson (22, Talbot), Don Kelly (3, Talbot), Johnny Damon (23, Perez), Danny Worth (5, Talbot)
SH - Danny Worth (2)
RBI - Ryan Raburn (17)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Raburn (2)
Team LOB - 11
DP - Porcello-Worth-Cabrera, Worth-Guillen-Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
Rick Porcello 8611061 5.63
Phil Coke 1000100 2.58
Ryan Perry 1000000 5.06
Robbie Weinhardt (L,0-1) 0.2211110 7.20
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 99-71, Phil Coke 16-10, Ryan Perry 9-7, Robbie Weinhardt 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 10-7, Phil Coke 2-0
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 29, Phil Coke 3, Ryan Perry 3, Robbie Weinhardt 5
Cleveland Indians
Michael Brantley, CF5000003 .134
Jayson Nix, 2B5110011 .198
Carlos Santana, DH3121200 .282
Austin Kearns, RF5011012 .268
Matt LaPorta, 1B4010020 .250
Trevor Crowe, LF4000001 .250
Andy Marte, 3B4000010 .184
Chris Gimenez, C4010010 .143
Anderson Hernandez, SS4020010 .246
HR - Carlos Santana (6, Porcello)
RBI - Carlos Santana (18), Austin Kearns (41)
2-OUT RBI - Austin Kearns (19)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Nix-A. Hernandez-LaPorta
Cleveland Indians
Mitch Talbot 5611240 3.89
Jensen Lewis 2000020 3.52
Frank Herrmann 1100000 2.50
Chris Perez 1100010 2.48
Joe Smith 0.2000000 4.76
Rafael Perez (W,2-0) 1.1200010 3.74
HBP - Raburn (by Mitch Talbot)
Pitches-Strikes - Mitch Talbot 105-70, Jensen Lewis 22-16, Frank Herrmann 15-11, Chris Perez 17-13, Joe Smith 9-7, Rafael Perez 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mitch Talbot 6-5, Jensen Lewis 2-2, Chris Perez 1-1, Joe Smith 1-1, Rafael Perez 1-1
Batters Faced - Mitch Talbot 24, Jensen Lewis 6, Frank Herrmann 4, Chris Perez 4, Joe Smith 2, Rafael Perez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 20902
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Todd Tichenor