Tigers Win, 2 Games Back

By: AP
By: AP

DETROIT (AP) -- Brandon Inge drove in a pair of runs and Kenny Rogers made another strong start after shoulder surgery, as the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 6-4 on Wednesday night to snap their six-game winning streak.

Rogers (3-0) allowed two runs -- one earned -- on seven hits, walking three and striking out three in 5 1/3 innings. He has won all three starts and has a 1.04 ERA since coming off the disabled list June 22.

Rogers and four relievers got plenty of help from their defense with Inge, Carlos Guillen and Marcus Thames all making run-saving plays.

Todd Jones pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 25 chances.

Detroit took an early 2-0 lead on RBI singles by Guillen in the first and Inge in the second. Casey Blake made it 2-1 with a run-scoring groundout in the third, but the Indians saw a potential rally snuffed out in the next inning by great defense and bad luck.

Travis Hafner walked with one out and Jason Michaels followed with a slicing liner into the left-field corner, but Thames made a diving catch.

Ryan Garko then hit a ball to deep right-center that would have easily scored Hafner, but the ball bounced over the 11 1/2-foot fence for a fluke ground-rule double. Hafner was stopped at third, and after a fist-pump of relief, Rogers retired Franklin Gutierrez to end the inning.

Detroit took advantage, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth to go up 5-1.

With one out and runners on the corners, Inge bunted the ball to the right side for a perfectly executed squeeze.

Granderson followed with an RBI double to make it 4-1, and he scored when Gutierrez couldn't come up with a diving catch on Polanco's liner down the right-field line.

Cleveland got a run back in the fifth on Victor Martinez's RBI double, but Guillen stopped another run with a backhanded stop of Hafner's smash up the middle. The Indians got into the defensive act in the bottom of the inning when Jhonny Peralta dove to turn Ivan Rodriguez's hard grounder into a 6-4-3 double play.

Hafner made it 5-4 with a two-run homer off Macay McBride in the seventh, but Guillen and Rodriguez hit back-to-back triples to restore the two-run advantage in the bottom of the inning.

The Indians put two runners on in the eighth, but Inge made a barehanded pickup of Peralta's slow roller past the mound and threw him out to end the inning.


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