Justin Verlander (14-8, 2.82 ERA) allowed no runs and struck out six in seven innings as the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Friday. Cleveland had won two of its last three games against Detroit.
The Tigers scored two runs each in the first and second innings. Delmon Young and Brennan Boesch had RBI singles in the first. Austin Jackson drove in a run with a double in the second and Miguel Cabrera also had an RBI single in the inning.
Cleveland had two good scoring opportunities ended by good defensive plays by Detroit. The Indians had runners on second and third with nobody out in the fifth, but Verlander got Matt LaPorta to ground out and he struck out Ezequiel Carrera. Jason Donald hit a grounder to first that Prince Fielder made a diving stop on and pitched the ball to Verlander for the out.
With two on and two out in the sixth for Cleveland, Casey Kotchman hit a ball down the third base line that Cabrera made a diving stop on and jumped to his feet to make the throw to first in time to get Kotchman.
Corey Kluber (1-4, 5.48 ERA) took the loss.