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Martinez's three RBI help Tigers whip Indians

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CLEVELAND -- Victor Martinez and the Detroit Tigers are taking nothing for granted. That attitude has them rolling over their closest challengers.

Martinez drove in three runs and the Tigers beat Cleveland 10-1 on Tuesday night to drop the Indians 8½ games back in the AL Central.

"I feel great and the team feels great," Martinez said before cautioning: "It's not over yet. We've got 20 games and we have to keep going until we're in."

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While the Tigers have not yet secured their first division title since winning the AL East in 1987, they are closing in on the Central crown after pushing around both the Indians and Chicago White Sox.

Detroit has won five straight and is 15-4 since Aug. 19. The Tigers arrived in Cleveland following a three-game series sweep against Chicago and now have won their last six meetings with the Indians after the Tribe took six of the first eight.

"When you're playing in your division this late and winning, it works out pretty good," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "It's a two-game swing every time. It's good to meet your competition head-on and win. Right now, we're in a pretty good flow."

Rick Porcello (13-8) was staked to an 8-0 lead in the second inning when the Tigers roughed up Cleveland starter Fausto Carmona (6-14). Porcello gave up one run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings. He allowed only a single to Jason Kipnis in the second before Kosuke Fukudome hit a home run to open Cleveland's seventh.

"I tried to stay aggressive and pitch like it was a scoreless game," Porcello said. "No lead is safe."

The Indians know that. They led the Central by seven games at 30-15 on May 23. They are 40-54 since and lost the first two of a must-win three games against Detroit.

"It was a series we needed to win," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "It puts us in a pretty bad spot. Anything's possible, but we're going to have to win an awful lot of games and need a lot of help from the other side."

The Tigers scored five runs in the first. Delmon Young drew a two-out walk before Detroit strung together six consecutive singles. Carmona also committed a balk during the rally. Martinez drove in two runs, and Jhonny Peralta, Don Kelly and Ramon Santiago each plated one.

"Those two-out hits are golden," said Leyland, who wanted more.

"These are tough games for me to manage by my own admission," he said. "You are nervous as a manager. You are feeling good, but not feeling right. I've managed a 10-0 lead into a 14-12 loss before."

Doubles by Andy Dirks and Miguel Cabrera made it 6-0 with one out in the second. Cabrera had three of Detroit's 15 hits.

Carmona made 41 pitches and yielded eight hits and seven runs in 1 1/3 innings, the shortest start by an Indians pitcher this year and his shortest since getting only two outs on Sept. 9, 2009.

"We were never in it," Acta said. "Fausto didn't have it from the get-go."

Chad Durbin came on and threw two wild pitches, walked two and gave up a sacrifice fly to Peralta to make it 8-0 before Porcello, who retired the side in order in the first, faced cleanup hitter Jim Thome to start the bottom of the second.

Porcello improved to 2-2 in seven starts since Aug. 5. Prior to that, the right-hander had had won five starts in a row. With one walk, it was the 23rd time in 27 starts that Porcello walked two or fewer this season.

"He went out and shut them down, giving us a chance to add on," Leyland said. "That was huge."

The Tigers won the AL East in 1987. They moved to the Central in 1998, went to the World Series in 2006 as a wild-card team and finished the 2009 regular season tied with Minnesota before losing a one-game playoff for the Central crown.

Notes

  • Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden and rookie WR Greg Little made ceremonial first pitches. Haden wore a jersey that was half Indians and half Browns with the name "Sizecoy" on the back for OF Grady Sizemore and QB Colt McCoy.
  • Tigers OF Brennan Boesch had surgery at Cleveland Clinic to repair a partially torn ligament in his right thumb. Boesch will travel with the team for the rest of the season.
  • Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco will have Tommy John surgery on Sept. 14 and likely miss all of 2012.
  • Detroit recalled 3B Danny Worth from Triple-A Toledo and Cleveland recalled INF Luis Valbuena from Triple-A Columbus.
  • Leyland said he will rest Peralta and Young in Wednesday's game, which starts at noon. Detroit RHP Justin Verlander (21-5, 2.34 ERA) will seek to win his 10th straight start, opposing RHP Justin Masterson (11-8, 2.92 ERA). Masterson is 0-3 with a 5.00 ERA in his career against Detroit.
  • According to Elias Sports Bureau, Tigers RHP Doug Fister's three walks and 36 strikeouts over his past five starts is the best ratio over such a span by a Detroit pitcher since LHP Mickey Lolich walked three and fanned 51 in 1971.
 
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Detroit's Victor Martinez launches a three-run home run in the fourth inning against Cleveland. (US Presswire)
Detroit's Victor Martinez launches a three-run home run in the fourth inning against Cleveland. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Detroit

V. Martinez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF5110022 .258
Andy Dirks, RF4210110 .257
Delmon Young, LF3120101 .276
    Brandon Inge, 3B0000100 .191
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5231011 .331
    Ryan Raburn, LF0000000 .239
Victor Martinez, DH4223102 .325
Alex Avila, C4110123 .299
    Omir Santos, C0000000 .125
Jhonny Peralta, SS3122002 .307
   a- Will Rhymes, PH-2B1000000 .211
Don Kelly, 3B-LF^1B5021002 .236
Ramon Santiago, 2B-SS5011012 .255
Totals391015857  
a-flied out for Peralta in the 9th
Batting
2B - Austin Jackson (21, Judy), Andy Dirks (10, Carmona), Miguel Cabrera (39, Carmona)
SF - Jhonny Peralta (6)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (94), Victor Martinez 3 (85), Jhonny Peralta 2 (77), Don Kelly (17), Ramon Santiago (24)
2-OUT RBI - Victor Martinez 3 (38), Jhonny Peralta (32), Don Kelly (3), Ramon Santiago (5)
Team LOB - 8
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello (W,13-8) 6.1311111 4.87
Phil Coke 1.2000040 4.47
Al Alburquerque 0.2100220 2.15
Daniel Schlereth 0.1000010 3.68
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 75-48, Phil Coke 22-17, Al Alburquerque 26-14, Daniel Schlereth 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 13-5
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 23, Phil Coke 5, Al Alburquerque 5, Daniel Schlereth 1
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Grady Sizemore, CF3000000 .230
   a- Shelley Duncan, PH-LF1000010 .252
Kosuke Fukudome, RF4111010 .278
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4010010 .275
Carlos Santana, 1B3000111 .236
Jim Thome, DH2000200 .233
    Cord Phelps, PR-DH0000000 .143
Jason Kipnis, 2B3010012 .282
    Luis Valbuena, 2B1010000 .152
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B3000013 .223
   b- Jason Donald, PH1000013 .293
Ezequiel Carrera, LF-CF3000000 .243
Lou Marson, C3000010 .225
Totals3114138  
a-struck out for Sizemore in the 8th
b-struck out for Chisenhall in the 9th
Batting
HR - Kosuke Fukudome (6, Porcello)
RBI - Kosuke Fukudome (28)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Chisenhall-Valbuena-Santana, Valbuena-A. Cabrera-Santana
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Fausto Carmona (L,6-14) 1.1877100 5.18
Chad Durbin 2.2211220 4.90
Nick Hagadone 2100030 7.36
Josh Judy 2322220 3.86
Frank Herrmann 1100000 5.07
WP - Chad Durbin 2 (6), Nick Hagadone (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 41-24, Chad Durbin 39-20, Nick Hagadone 26-20, Josh Judy 35-18, Frank Herrmann 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 3-1, Chad Durbin 2-4, Nick Hagadone 1-2, Josh Judy 1-2, Frank Herrmann 1-1
Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 13, Chad Durbin 12, Nick Hagadone 7, Josh Judy 10, Frank Herrmann 3
Game Information
Attendance - 27544
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Jim Wolf