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Indians Vs. Tigers Final Score: Cleveland Takes Series Opener, 3-2

The Cleveland Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers on Monday, 3-2, in the series opener between the two teams. Asdrubal Cabrera was the star of the game for the Tribe, as he had two hits and drove in two runs.

With the two teams tied at one in the third inning, Cabrera singled to centerfield, scoring Shin-Soo Choo to give the Indians a lead. Then, with the score tied at two in the seventh inning, Cabrera came through again -- this time, with a sacrifice fly -- to give Cleveland a 3-2 lead that it would hold on to.

The Tigers threatened against Indians closer Vinnie Pestano in the ninth inning, as Prince Fielder led off with a double and Brennan Boesch reached via a hit-by-pitch two batters later. However, Pestano struck out Jhonny Peralta for the second out, and Jason Kipnis made a terrific play on an Alex Avila groundball to seal the victory.

Corey Kluber earned his first win of the season, as he held Detroit to two runs on six hits in six innings, while striking out four.

The two teams will be back at it again on Tuesday, with Justin Masterson (10-12, 4.91 ERA) taking the hill for the Tribe opposite Rick Porcello (9-10, 4.57 ERA) and the Tigers.

For more on the Indians, be sure to visit Let's Go Tribe. Additional coverage on the Tigers can be found at Bless You Boys, while Baseball Nation is the place to go for all things MLB.

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