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DETROIT -- Ubaldo Jimenez had walked more hitters than anybody in baseball this year, and it's fair to say he'd been a bit of a bust since coming over to Cleveland in a big trade last season.
"He's better than that," manager Manny Acta said Tuesday night. "Today was a step in the right direction."
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Jimenez (6-4) allowed a run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out four. The right-hander entered the game with 42 walks in 56 innings this year, but he didn't issue a base on balls until his final hitter in the seventh.
"That's a surprise," he said. "With an outing like this, I just want to keep it going."
Three relievers finished for Cleveland. Chris Perez allowed a run in the ninth but held on for his 18th save in 19 chances.
Smyly (2-2) allowed four runs and six hits in six innings.
Jimenez threw only 55 strikes in 102 pitches, but Detroit didn't make him pay when he did miss the mark.
"I thought Jimenez was effectively wild," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We had some really golden counts for hitters. Just didn't do much with them."
The Indians made two sparkling defensive plays with Detroit trying to rally in the ninth. After a leadoff single by Delmon Young, Cabrera, the shortstop, barehanded Gerald Laird's chopper and threw to second for a forceout.
The Indians won for only the fourth time in their last 27 games at Comerica Park.
Jimenez allowed seven runs in four innings May 27 against the White Sox in Chicago. Jimenez was bothered by cramping in his left side, so the Indians gave him a bit more rest and didn't start him again until Tuesday.
"I just think that it gave him time to rest his left side," Acta said. "You don't want to push him and make it worse."
Cleveland's Carlos Santana returned to the lineup after being on the 7-day disabled list because of a concussion. He went 0 for 4 as the designated hitter.
The Indians had lost seven of nine since sweeping three straight from the Tigers in Cleveland last month.
Jimenez hit the first batter he faced and allowed an RBI double to Miguel Cabrera in the first inning.
Detroit did little offensively after that. Matt Young, a 29-year-old outfielder just up from the minors, struck out four times. The home crowd gave him a sarcastic cheer when he fouled off a two-strike pitch in the eighth, but he struck out swinging at the next one.
Smyly struck out the first four hitters he faced, but Cabrera's triple in the third tied the game and Marson's triple in the fifth gave the Indians the lead. Choo drove Marson home with a single to make it 3-1.
Brantley extended his hitting streak to 13 games with his triple in the sixth, which eluded a diving Boesch in right and brought home another run.
The Indians improved to 5-12 when facing a left-handed starter.
|Ubaldo Jimenez yields just one run and five hits before exiting with the lead in the seventh inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Shin-Soo Choo, RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.269|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.294|
|Jason Kipnis, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.275|
|Carlos Santana, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.239|
|Shelley Duncan, LF||3||1||0||0||1||0||0||.207|
|Aaron Cunningham, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Michael Brantley, CF||2||0||1||1||2||0||0||.283|
|Matt LaPorta, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.286|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.213|
|Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B||4||1||0||0||0||0||3||.273|
|Lou Marson, C||4||1||2||1||0||1||2||.213|
|3B - Asdrubal Cabrera (1, Smyly), Michael Brantley (3, Smyly), Lou Marson (1, Smyly)|
|RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (18), Asdrubal Cabrera (22), Michael Brantley (25), Lou Marson (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera (5), Michael Brantley (8)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Ubaldo Jimenez (W,6-4)||6.2||5||1||1||1||4||0||5.31|
|Nick Hagadone (H,2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.89|
|Vinnie Pestano (H,14)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.38|
|Chris Perez (S,18)||1||2||1||1||0||0||0||2.82|
|HBP - Berry (by Ubaldo Jimenez)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 102-55, Nick Hagadone 1-1, Vinnie Pestano 12-9, Chris Perez 19-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 4-12, Vinnie Pestano 1-0, Chris Perez 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 27, Nick Hagadone 1, Vinnie Pestano 3, Chris Perez 5|
|Quintin Berry, CF||3||1||0||0||0||0||3||.315|
|Matt Young, LF||4||0||0||0||0||4||2||.000|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||4||0||2||1||0||1||1||.321|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.318|
|Delmon Young, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.267|
|Alex Avila, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Gerald Laird, C||2||1||0||0||0||1||1||.300|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.253|
|Brennan Boesch, RF||3||0||0||1||0||0||1||.226|
|Ramon Santiago, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.202|
|2B - Miguel Cabrera (16, Jimenez), Jhonny Peralta (10, Perez)|
|SF - Brennan Boesch (2)|
|RBI - Miguel Cabrera (45), Brennan Boesch (20)|
|SB - Quintin Berry (7, 2nd base off Jimenez/Marson)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Drew Smyly (L,2-2)||6||6||4||4||2||5||0||3.71|
|Pitches-Strikes - Drew Smyly 94-65, Duane Below 19-14, Brayan Villarreal 20-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Smyly 4-8, Duane Below 3-3|
|Batters Faced - Drew Smyly 25, Duane Below 6, Brayan Villarreal 5|
|Attendance - 33258|
|Game Time - 2:40|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - Manny Gonzalez, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi|