American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Detroit|
(Wednesday, June 6th)
Final Score: Cleveland 9, Detroit 6
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Michael Brantley belted a three-run homer and
Casey Kotchman added a two-run blast as the Cleveland Indians downed the
Detroit Tigers, 9-6, in the middle test of a three-game set at Comerica Park.
Johnny Damon added a two-run single and Shin-Soo Choo clubbed three hits and
scored three times as the Tribe topped the Tigers for the fifth straight time.
Jeanmar Gomez (4-4) got the win despite allowing six runs on seven hits and
one walk over five frames, while Chris Perez fired a scoreless ninth to record
his 19th save of the season.
Max Scherzer (5-4) surrendered eight runs -- five earned -- on seven hits and
three walks over 4 1/3 innings to take the loss. Miguel Cabrera and Don Kelly
both hit solo shots, but the Tigers lost for the seventh time in nine games.
The Indians took advantage of a Detroit miscue to grab the lead in the first.
Choo singled to start the game before Scherzer retired the next two batters on
flyouts. Carlos Santana followed with a lazy fly ball to right field, but the
ball popped out of Brennan Boesch's glove to keep the inning alive.
Brantley then made Boesch pay for the mistake, crushing a fastball deep into
the right-field seats to give the Tribe a 3-0 lead.
"I think with that error in the first, giving up that home run, it kind of
took some wind out of his sail," remarked Damon about his club's ability to
get to Scherzer.
Prince Fielder led off the second with a fly ball that carried deep to the
wall in left, but Damon timed his jump perfectly, snagging the ball just above
the yellow padding on the wall to rob Fielder of a home run.
Detroit got its first hit of the game with one out in the third on Kelly's
first home run of the year into right-center field, cutting the margin to 3-1.
"It was good for us to put some runs back up right after they put up three,
but it wasn't enough," said Kelly.
Cleveland pressed its lead to four in the fourth as Kotchman followed Damon's
one-out walk with a towering fly ball over the right-field fence, but Cabrera
answered in the bottom half by launching Gomez's first offering the opposite
way to bring the home team within 5-2.
The Indians used three consecutive singles to extend their lead in the fifth
as Choo led off with a base hit and Asdrubal Cabrera followed suit. Jason
Kipnis then slapped a chopper to shortstop and beat the throw to first as Choo
crossed the plate to grab a 6-2 edge.
An intentional walk to Brantley two batters later loaded the bases for Damon,
who stroked a two-run single into the gap in left-center field to chase
Scherzer from the game with his team trailing, 8-2.
Detroit battled back in the bottom half as Jhonny Peralta scorched a leadoff
double into the right-field corner and Bryan Holaday followed two batters
later with his first big league hit on a single into left.
Quintin Berry then made it a five-run game, slapping a double down the third
base line before Ramon Santiago's RBI groundout cut the deficit to 8-4.
Miguel Cabrera kept the rally alive with a double of his own to plate Berry
and came around to score when Fielder punched a single into left to cap a
four-run bottom of the fifth that found the Tigers behind by two runs.
Cleveland got a run back in the sixth as Choo slapped a one-out double the
opposite way and quickly scored on Asdrubal Cabrera's single to right.
A trio of Cleveland relievers then blanked the Tigers before Perez worked
around a one-out triple to retire Detroit in the ninth.
Damon was activated from the paternity list earlier in the day after missing
two games...Brantley extended his hit-streak to 14 games...Perez has now
converted 19 consecutive saves...The Tigers placed catcher Alex Avila on the
15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring...Holaday was called up
for Avila and made his Major League debut. He finished 1-for-4.
06/07 00:20:08 ET