The Tigers scored first on an Andy Dirks double that got by Shin-Soo Choo and scored Quintin Berry in the top of the sixth. Dirks would later score on a Prince Fielder fielder's choice that got away from catcher Carlos Santana. But the Indians answered in the bottom half off Doug Fister on a two-run homer by Travis Hafner, his sixth of the season.
The Tigers loaded the bases in the seventh and eighth innings, but came away with nothing as the Indians were able to escape unscathed. In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Indians made the Tigers pay for failing to cash in on their own opportunities, scoring twice off reliever Phil Coke on a bad throw from a fielder's choice and a sac fly. Chris Perez worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 15th save of the season.
The series concludes tomorrow with Justin Masterson squaring off against the reigning MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander at 12:05 p.m. ET.