Long Day At The Ballyard Ends With Tribe Doubleheader Sweep

Gotta love a doubleheader. Tribe-Tigers play two today and tonight.

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Kearns Ends Nightcap With Game-Winning Eleventh Inning Hit

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Austin Kearns hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning, as the Cleveland Indians edged the Detroit Tigers, 2-1, in the second part of a doubleheader.

Robbie Weinhardt (0-1) put runners on first and second with two outs in the home 11th. Kearns then laced the ball into left field to give the Indians the victory.

Trevor Crowe’s two-out RBI single in the seventh inning gave Cleveland a 4-3 win over Detroit in the first game of the doubleheader from Progressive Field. The Indians have won the first three contests of this four-game set.

Rafael Perez (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 frames of scoreless relief to pick up the win.

Following a rain delay that lasted 1 hour, 53 minutes, Chris Perez took over on the mound for Cleveland in the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Johnny Damon led off with a double to left and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Chris Perez retired the next two batters to keep it a 1-1 game.

Phil Coke pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to send the contest into extras.

The Tigers loaded the bases with nobody out in the opening inning, but Mitch Talbot was able to strike out Miguel Cabrera, induce a weak pop up from Brennan Boesch and retire Brandon Inge on a fielder’s choice to keep Detroit from scoring.

Detroit got to the Cleveland starter in the second. Don Kelly led off with a double and moved to third on a Gerald Laird fly out. Kelly was retired trying to score on Danny Worth’s ground ball, but Austin Jackson and Ryan Raburn followed with consecutive two-out singles. Worth scored on Raburn’s base hit for a 1-0 lead.

“If you were to tell me this game was going to end up 2-1 the way it started, I wouldn’t believe you,” said Indians manager Manny Acta. “Mitch really had a tough time finishing hitters off. He had just about everyone in their lineup with two strikes and just wasn’t able to finish them.”

A scary moment occurred in the third inning, when Laird was struck behind the plate by a Chris Gimenez broken bat. The bat head, which was not the splintered part of the wood, hit Laird in the neck and left him dazed for several moments. He remained in the game after trainers assessed him with several tests.

Carlos Santana quickly tied it up from there, sending a one-out blast over the center field wall for his sixth home run of the season.

The Indians will recall pitcher Jeanmar Gomez to make his major league debut on Sunday…Tigers starter Rick Porcello gave up one run on six hits in eight innings…Talbot allowed one run on six hits in five frames…The Tigers have lost four in a row.

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Carmona Wins Ninth As Tribe Rallies Past Tigers In Opener Of Day-Night Twinbill

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Trevor Crowe's two-out RBI single in the seventh inning gave Cleveland a 4-3 win over Detroit in the first game of a doubleheader from Progressive Field.

Fausto Carmona (9-7) went seven-plus innings and yielded three runs on six hits while surviving six walks to post his fourth straight quality start during which he's gone 3-1.

Jason Donald and Michael Brantley each had two hits and drove in a run for the Indians, who won the opener to this four-game series, 8-2, on Friday.

Chris Perez saved his eighth game of the year in place of Kerry Wood, who landed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a blister on his right index finger.

Detroit's Justin Verlander struck out nine over six frames while surrendering three runs on six hits with a season-high five walks. Phil Coke (5-1) came on in the seventh and served up a double to Matt LaPorta before Crowe delivered the deciding run.

Carlos Guillen had a two-run single and Brandon Inge knocked in the other run with a double -- all in the first inning -- as the Tigers dropped their third straight game.

The Tigers looked to be in good shape after loading the bases against Carmona in the first on a pair of walks and a base hit. Guillen breached the scoreboard with his base knock to center, and Inge staked Verlander to a three-run lead with a two-bagger to left-center. Guillen was thrown out at home to end the inning.

The Tribe got two back in the third. Andy Marte opened with a single and was quickly home on Donald's double to center. Brantley followed with a base hit back through the middle for a 3-2 affair.

Verlander composed himself to escape the fifth with a one-run lead intact, fanning Travis Hafner and LaPorta with the bases loaded. But the All-Star righty loaded them up again the very next inning, and a wild pitch scored Shelley Duncan for the tying run with two away. Jayson Nix fouled out with runners at second and third to kill a chance at a larger rally.

Crowe got to Coke with the deciding base hit to bring in LaPorta in the seventh. Joe Smith and Rafael Perez combined to shut down the eighth after Johnny Damon opened with a leadoff double against Carmona.

Perez walked Inge with one out in the ninth, and a steal with two down had the tying run in scoring position for Ramon Santiago, who flied out to end the game.

Carmona tied a season-high with six walks...Verlander had won his last three starts...Damon was 2-for-3 with a walk for the Tigers, who went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position...Detroit called up right-hander Rick Porcello from Triple-A Toledo to start the second game opposite Cleveland's Mitch Talbot. To make room on the Tigers roster, lefty Daniel Schlereth was sent down to Toledo, while reliever Jensen Lewis was brought up from Triple-A Columbus to take Wood's spot on the Indians roster.

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Kerry Wood Heads To Disabled List Again, Jensen Lewis Recalled

After showing distinct signs of coming out of his funk in recent outings, Kerry Wood has been shelved with a blister on his right index finger and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

To take Wood’s roster spot, Cleveland has recalled Jensen Lewis from Columbus.

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Let's Play Two! Tribe, Tigers Match-Up In Day-Night Doubleheader

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Tigers get two cracks at the last-place Cleveland Indians today, as the AL Central squads hookup for a doubleheader at Progressive Field.

On Friday, Andy Marte and Austin Kearns each hit a two-run homer, leading the Indians in an 8-2 rout of the Tigers to begin a four-game series.

Travis Hafner and Trevor Crowe both added two hits and an RBI for the Indians, who had lost five of six to end the first half of the season. Carlos Santana also drove in a run and stole a base for Cleveland, which is still 15 games back in the AL Central.

"We got some key hits, especially the one by Marte," said Cleveland manager Manny Acta. "That two-run homer was big for us, and then the cushion that was provided by Austin Kearns."

Jake Westbrook (6-5) pitched 5 2/3 effective innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while fanning five.

Miguel Cabrera and Brennan Boesch each drove in a run for the Tigers, who have lost two straight following a five-game win streak. Austin Jackson registered a triple among two hits for Detroit, which trails Chicago by one game for the AL Central lead.

Max Scherzer (6-7), who was 4-0 in his last five starts and allowed just three runs in his previous 27 2/3 innings, yielded four runs, five hits and a season-high five walks in five frames. He struck out seven.

"We have to play better in all phases," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "We were sloppy defensively. We were sloppy on the bases. The pitching wasn't good. We didn't hit good. We didn't manage good. We didn't do anything good."

The Tigers will send Justin Verlander to the hill in today's first game. The hard throwing right-hander has been hot of late, winning three straight and six of his last seven starts. On July 9th, Verlander gave up two earned runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings of a 7-3 win over Minnesota.

Verlander is just 9-10 with a 5.39 ERA in 21 career starts versus the Indians, but he has won his last five decisions against them. He yielded three runs and fanned nine in six innings of a 6-4 triumph at Progressive Field on May 8th.

Detroit brought back Rick Porcello from Triple-A Toledo to start the second game. The young right-hander last made an appearance for the Tigers on June 19th, when he gave up five runs - four earned - in 5 1/3 innings of a 6-5 loss to Arizona.

Porcello has never lost to Cleveland in six career starts, posting a 4-0 record and a 2.55 ERA. In two appearances versus Cleveland this season, Porcello is 1-0, allowing five earned runs over 10 1/3 innings.

Fausto Carmona gets the nod for the Indians in the first game and he has put together three straight quality starts. On July 9th, the right-hander surrendered two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings of a 9-3 triumph at Tampa Bay.

In 13 lifetime starts against the Tigers, Carmona is 6-3 with a 3.34 ERA. He, however, is 0-2 in his past five appearances against them. On June 2nd, Carmona gave up just two earned runs over eight innings against Detroit, but was the on short end of a 3-0 decision.

Mitch Talbot toes the rubber in the nightcap for the Indians and he has fallen in two straight and four of his last five starts. In his most recent appearance on July 7th, the rookie right-hander permitted four earned runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 4-3 loss at Texas.

This is Talbot's fourth career appearance against the Tigers and he is 1-1 with a 9.49 ERA against them. He is 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA in two starts versus Detroit this season.

The Tigers split a two-game set in Cleveland in May, but they are 8-4 there since the start of last season, while going 20-7 overall in the last 27 meetings.

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