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Wild finish earns Tigers a sweep of Indians

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DETROIT -- The box score says that Jose Valverde extended his franchise-record save streak to 37 on Sunday.

He'll be the first to tell anyone that the save really belongs to Tigers centerfielder Austin Jackson.

Jackson threw out Kosuke Fukudome at the plate to complete a game-ending double play and Detroit held on to beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in a wild game Sunday.

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"When the ball was hit, I just started running to cover home plate," Valverde said. "I looked back, saw the throw and the tag and just yelled 'Thank you!"'

Valverde had walked Fukudome to start the inning and then hit Jason Donald on an 0-2 pitch.

"This really wasn't my day -- my pitches were going all over the place," Valverde said. "That was the hardest save of my career."

Jack Hannahan bunted the runners over, before pinch-hitter Matt LaPorta lined to centerfield and Jackson threw a perfect strike to the plate to get Fukudome by a step.

"It wasn't hit that hard, so I was just trying to get lined up," Jackson said. "I knew I had to get it there on the fly, but I didn't know if I even had a chance until I saw Alex [Avila] put on the tag."

The play ended Detroit's weekend sweep of the Indians in the most-attended three-game series in Comerica Park's 12-season history.

"That throw is going to be on our highlight reel, for sure," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Not just because of being a great play, but because of the situation and the crowd."

Delmon Young and Victor Martinez homered in a seven-run third inning, but starter Rick Porcello lasted just 3 2/3 innings despite the big lead.

"We really needed a good outing from Rick, but he didn't give us one," Leyland said. "That left us having to milk our bullpen for every out the guys could get us."

Before leaving, Porcello stirred up some controversy when his pitch sailed behind Asdrubal Cabrera's back a pitch after he had just missed a homer down the right-field line. After a discussion, the umpires warned both benches, and although there were no more incidents, Indians manager Manny Acta was upset by the play.

"I don't think that was handled very well," Acta said. "I think everyone in the stadium knew he threw at him, and if you know he threw at him, you throw him out. Because of the warning, now you can't pitch inside."

Porcello said it was just another in a series of bad pitches.

"I understand theyre upset about that," he said. "I dont know what else he wants me to do. I cant take the pitch back. It got away from me. It went behind him. Thats all there is to it."

The Indians could have taken over first place with a sweep of their own, but leave Detroit trailing by 4½ games in the AL Central race.

Cleveland's Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1) took the loss, giving up eight runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Phil Coke, the fifth of seven Tigers pitchers, got the win to improve to 2-8.

"Obviously, you'd rather hang on to the big lead, but that was fun at the end," Coke said. "This one got intense."

The Tigers appeared to be in complete control after scoring seven runs in the third. Ramon Santiago and Jackson had RBI singles in the inning before Young hit a three-run homer and Martinez made it a 7-0 game with a two-run shot.

Jimenez threw 47 pitches in the 12-batter inning, but Acta never had anyone up in the pen.

"Our bullpen is taxed, and we needed as many innings as we could get out of him," Acta said. "We really needed at least five."

Carlos Santana started Cleveland's rally with a one-out homer in the fourth, and after Porcello retired the next batter, he gave up four straight hits. He was taken out after Michael Brantley's two-run double pulled the Indians within 7-5.

Young's RBI single in the bottom of the inning made it 8-5, but Hannahan drove in a run with a fifth-inning groundout and Travis Hafner's sixth-inning RBI single cut the deficit to one run. Hafner came up lame on the play, though, and was tagged out between first and second.

The Indians put runners on second and third in the eighth, but Joaquin Benoit struck out Santana to end the inning.

Notes

  • Sunday's attendance of 43,388 put the Tigers over 2 million fans for the seventh straight season. In addition, the three-game series against the Indians drew a total of 132,239 fans for a new Comerica Park record.
  • Tigers manager Jim Leyland was ejected in the sixth inning for arguing a call at third base. Replays showed that Wilson Betemit beat Hannahan's tag, but Alan Porter ruled him out.
  • Lonnie Chisenhall hit for Hafner in the eighth inning and grounded into a force out. The Indians announced that Hafner had a strained right foot.
 
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Indians ace Ubaldo Jimenez lasts just over three innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits vs. the Tigers. (Getty Images)
Indians ace Ubaldo Jimenez lasts just over three innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits vs. the Tigers. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Detroit

A. Jackson
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Cleveland

M. Brantley
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Brantley, LF5112002 .268
Shin-Soo Choo, RF5020000 .256
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS3120200 .288
Travis Hafner, DH4011013 .281
   a- Lonnie Chisenhall, PH-DH1000001 .223
    Ezequiel Carrera, PR-DH0000000 .236
Carlos Santana, 1B4211122 .242
Kosuke Fukudome, CF4020100 .271
Jason Donald, 2B4120011 .242
Jack Hannahan, 3B3111100 .222
Lou Marson, C3111103 .214
   b- Matt LaPorta, PH1000002 .242
Totals37713664  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Hafner in the 8th
b-flied out for Marson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Michael Brantley (24, Porcello), Asdrubal Cabrera (28, Schlereth)
HR - Carlos Santana (19, Porcello)
SH - Jack Hannahan (4)
RBI - Michael Brantley 2 (46), Travis Hafner (49), Carlos Santana (61), Jack Hannahan (25), Lou Marson (10)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Brantley 2 (20), Lou Marson (2)
SB - Ezequiel Carrera (5, 2nd base off Benoit/Avila), Jason Donald (2, 2nd base off Porcello/Avila)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Hannahan-Donald-Santana, Hannahan-Donald-Santana
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez (L,7-10) 3.1988342 4.88
Joe Smith 2.2100000 1.58
Vinnie Pestano 1000120 2.63
Tony Sipp 1100000 2.61
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 83-48, Joe Smith 26-19, Vinnie Pestano 21-13, Tony Sipp 11-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 2-3, Joe Smith 4-2, Vinnie Pestano 1-0, Tony Sipp 1-2
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 21, Joe Smith 7, Vinnie Pestano 4, Tony Sipp 4
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF4221010 .248
Brennan Boesch, RF4010013 .285
    Don Kelly, RF0000000 .235
Delmon Young, LF4124011 .269
Miguel Cabrera, 1B2100201 .321
Victor Martinez, DH4112001 .324
Alex Avila, C4010020 .302
Jhonny Peralta, SS3110101 .313
Wilson Betemit, 3B2120100 .291
    Brandon Inge, 3B1000000 .182
Ramon Santiago, 2B4111013 .251
Totals32811846  
Batting
2B - Alex Avila (24, Sipp), Jhonny Peralta (22, Jimenez), Wilson Betemit (19, Jimenez)
HR - Delmon Young (6, Jimenez), Victor Martinez (8, Jimenez)
RBI - Austin Jackson (33), Delmon Young 4 (38), Victor Martinez 2 (70), Ramon Santiago (17)
SB - Austin Jackson (17, 2nd base off Jimenez/Marson), Wilson Betemit (4, 2nd base off Smith/Marson)
PK - Ramon Santiago (1, Smith)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brennan Boesch 1, Austin Jackson 1
DP - Jackson-Avila
PB - Alex Avila (5)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello 3.2755121 5.17
Duane Below 0.1211200 3.32
Ryan Perry 0.2000100 6.38
Daniel Schlereth 1.1211000 4.26
Phil Coke (H,7; W,2-8) 1.1200010 4.45
Joaquin Benoit (H,21) 0.2000110 3.75
Jose Valverde (S,37) 1000100 2.60
HBP - Donald (by Jose Valverde)
WP - Duane Below (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 80-48, Duane Below 25-11, Ryan Perry 10-5, Daniel Schlereth 27-15, Phil Coke 25-17, Joaquin Benoit 13-7, Jose Valverde 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 8-1, Ryan Perry 2-0, Phil Coke 3-0, Joaquin Benoit 1-0, Jose Valverde 1-1
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 19, Duane Below 5, Ryan Perry 3, Daniel Schlereth 5, Phil Coke 6, Joaquin Benoit 3, Jose Valverde 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43388
Game Time - 3:45
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Al Porter