Tigers Drop 4th Straight

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DETROIT (AP) -- Paul Byrd pitched seven sharp innings and Casey Blake had a two-run double in Cleveland's three-run fourth, leading the Indians to a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
Byrd (3-5) allowed two runs and four hits to earn his 100th career win. He also improved to 9-2 against Detroit.
Ryan Garko hit a solo drive in the eighth for Cleveland, which has split the first eight games of its 11-game road trip. The Indians also picked up their 1,000th win against Detroit.
The Tigers have lost four straight to fall a season-worst 12 games under .500.
Justin Verlander (2-9) fell to 1-6 in his last eight starts, giving up three runs and five hits over seven innings. He struck out a season-high eight and issued four walks.
Verlander ran into trouble in the fourth. Garko walked with one out and Jhonny Peralta singled for Cleveland's first hit. David Dellucci then walked to load the bases for Blake, who put the Indians ahead 2-0 with a double down the left-field line. Franklin Gutierrez added an RBI single.
Brandon Inge went deep in the sixth against Byrd and Jeff Larish hit his first career homer in the seventh to cut it to 3-2.
Masa Kobayashi pitched the eighth and Joe Borowski allowed one hit in the ninth for his fifth save in seven tries.



 
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