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Tigers 7, Indians 5

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DETROIT -- The inside of Casey Crosby's locker was drenched, and the Detroit left-hander's T-shirt was a bit wet too after the traditional beer shower celebrating his first career win.

"It was the best feeling in the world," the 23-year-old rookie said.

Miguel Cabrera homered, Brennan Boesch broke out of a slump with a pair of hits and Crosby pitched into the sixth inning to earn his first major-league victory, helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 7-5 Thursday.

Cleveland nearly rallied from a 7-1 deficit but, with the Tigers leading by two, the Indians left the bases loaded in the seventh and two on in the eighth.

"It was a good series overall, but seven was just too many for us today," Cleveland manager Manny Acta said. "Our offense did a great job of battling back. We had a couple times where we just needed one more hit."

Detroit avoided a three-game sweep and beat the Indians for the first time in six meetings this year.

Crosby (1-1) allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save in 13 chances.

Derek Lowe (7-4) allowed seven runs and nine hits in five innings.

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Crosby is in Detroit's rotation because of an injury to Doug Fister, and he was sharper after a rough outing against the New York Yankees in his debut last week. The Tigers gave him plenty of support, scoring four runs in the first and three in the fourth.

"There's a lot of things going on in your debut. You've got family, you've got friends, you've got people congratulating you all the time," Crosby said. "This was a lot better. I knew it was going to happen, I knew what I was going to expect going into this start so it was definitely a positive thing."

Boesch's single in the first put runners on first and third with nobody out, ending a 2-for-38 stretch for the big right fielder. Prince Fielder, Delmon Young and Don Kelly hit RBI singles, and another run came home on a wild pitch.

The Tigers were a season-high six games under .500 coming into the game -- a far cry from what was expected when the defending AL Central champions added Fielder in the offseason. They lost to Cleveland on Wednesday night in part because an error by Boesch led to three unearned runs.

On Thursday, Boesch's RBI double in the fourth made it 5-1, and Cabrera followed with his 13th homer of the year, a two-run shot that barely cleared the wall in right.

"I'm tired of talking about adjustments," Boesch said. "Hitting is not about some mechanical thing, it's just grinding out at-bats and doing what you can to help the team win."

The Indians eventually chased Crosby in the sixth and scored two runs that inning. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run double in the seventh to make it 7-5, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland brought Joaquin Benoit in with two outs and men on first and third.

Cleanup hitter Carlos Santana drew a walk to load the bases, and Jose Lopez hit a deep flyball. Detroit's Quintin Berry nearly got turned around in center field but was able to make the catch.

With runners on second and third and two outs in the eighth, Benoit got Shin-soo Choo to hit a popup.

Notes

Acta discussed OF Grady Sizemore's return from lower back surgery before the game. "I think the process has been slowed down a little bit, but we never had any timetable for Grady," Acta said. ... Fielder extended his hitting streak to 14 games. ... Cleveland's Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 15. ... Detroit RHP Brayan Villarreal relieved Crosby in the sixth and threw 15 straight strikes before finally missing the zone the following inning. ... Lopez was at third as a baserunner in the fourth when he was sent sprawling to avoid being hit by Shelley Duncan's foul line drive. ... Detroit is at Cincinnati on Friday night, with RHP Rick Porcello (3-4) starting against RHP Mat Latos (4-2) of the Reds. ... The Indians are at St. Louis on Friday night. Cleveland RHP Josh Tomlin (2-3) starts against RHP Jake Westbrook (4-5).

 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

B. Boesch
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Cleveland

J. Kipnis
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, RF5120002 .281
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4112101 .296
Jason Kipnis, 2B4220100 .279
Carlos Santana, DH4011111 .232
Jose Lopez, 3B2012103 .274
Michael Brantley, CF4010021 .282
Shelley Duncan, LF3000002 .202
   a- Johnny Damon, PH-LF1000001 .185
Casey Kotchman, 1B4020000 .221
Lou Marson, C4110001 .216
Totals35511543  
a-popped out for Duncan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Asdrubal Cabrera (15, Coke), Jason Kipnis (5, Crosby), Jose Lopez (7, Crosby)
SF - Jose Lopez (2)
RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (25), Carlos Santana (25), Jose Lopez 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (7)
SB - Jason Kipnis (14, 2nd base off Crosby/Holaday)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - A. Cabrera-Kipnis-Kotchman
E - Jose Lopez (2, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Lowe (L,7-4) 5977141 3.72
Scott Barnes 2000010 0.00
Jeremy Accardo 1100110 1.54
WP - Derek Lowe (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 80-48, Scott Barnes 22-13, Jeremy Accardo 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 8-3, Scott Barnes 4-1, Jeremy Accardo 1-0
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 25, Scott Barnes 6, Jeremy Accardo 4
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Quintin Berry, CF4110021 .306
Brennan Boesch, RF4221000 .227
    Matt Young, LF0000000 .000
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4112012 .323
Prince Fielder, 1B3111100 .318
Delmon Young, DH4011021 .261
Jhonny Peralta, SS4120001 .264
Don Kelly, LF-RF3011102 .184
Danny Worth, 2B4110012 .190
Bryan Holaday, C2000000 .167
Totals32710626  
Batting
2B - Brennan Boesch (10, Lowe)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (13, Lowe)
SH - Bryan Holaday (1)
RBI - Brennan Boesch (21), Miguel Cabrera 2 (49), Prince Fielder (37), Delmon Young (20), Don Kelly (7)
2-OUT RBI - Brennan Boesch (8), Miguel Cabrera 2 (16), Don Kelly (4)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Don Kelly 1
DP - Peralta-Worth-Fielder, Worth-Peralta-Fielder
E - Prince Fielder (7, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Casey Crosby (W,1-1) 5.1533320 9.35
Brayan Villarreal 1.1111010 1.35
Phil Coke0311000 4.37
Joaquin Benoit (H,14) 1.1200100 2.52
Jose Valverde (S,10) 1000000 4.24
WP - Casey Crosby (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Casey Crosby 91-54, Brayan Villarreal 18-16, Phil Coke 11-8, Joaquin Benoit 29-16, Jose Valverde 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Casey Crosby 8-4, Joaquin Benoit 1-3
Batters Faced - Casey Crosby 22, Brayan Villarreal 5, Phil Coke 3, Joaquin Benoit 7, Jose Valverde 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40851
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Manny Gonzalez, Third Base - Greg Gibson