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Posted on: 07-11-2009

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    The Indians ended a 6-game
losing streak vs Detroit and edged
the Tigers 5-4 Saturday night to
even their 3-game, pre-All Star
break, weekend series in Downtown
    The visitors wore the road grays
of the Cleveland Buckeyes and the
home team the pinstriped whites of the Detroit Stars on the 15th annual Negro
League Tribute Night in Detroit.
    Carl Pavano had just one rough inning as he pitched the last place Tribe past
the first place Tigers. Pavano threw first pitch strikes to 25 of the 28 batters he
faced in his 8-IP and struck-out Curtis Granderson for his 6th "K" to end the B-8th.
Pavano threw 72 of his 101 pitches for strikes.
    Pavano scattered 7-H with no walks to get his second consecutive July victory
after going only 1-3 in June. He's now 8-7 on his comeback year after three injury
plagued seasons with the New York Yankees.
    Three Tribe defense double plays helped Pavano keep the Tigers at bay.
    Meantime, the Indians nibbled away at a brief 2-1 Tiger lead, going ahead for
good 3-2 in the T-3rd and later getting a pair of important add-on runs.
    The Tribe ambushed Tiger starter Armando Galarraga (L, 5-8) early by
putting the first two men aboard and then getting a sac-fly-RBI from Victor
Martinez for a 1-0/T-1st lead.
    Detroit went up 2-1/B-2nd when Ryan Raburn tripled to CField to score
Clete Thomas. Raburn then came home on a Brandon Inge RBI-1B.
    The Indians went ahead to stay on a bases-loaded, 2-out, 2r1B the opposite
way to LField by Travis Hafner for a 3-2 advantage. Galarraga gave up a triple
to Grady Sizemore and a pair of walks after retiring the first two batters of the
T-3rd to make Hafner a hero.
    Asdrubal Cabrera had an RBI-1B in the T-7th for a 4-1 margin and the
final run off Galarraga. Jhonny Peralta had an RBI-2B in the T-8th off Detroit's
Freddy Dolsi to allow an inherited runner to score that was charged to first Tiger
reliever Fu-Te Ni for a 5-1 bulge.
    The add-on tallies proved to be the difference for Cleveland when closer
Kerry Wood replaced Pavano in the B-9th. After Pavano hadn't free passed
anybody, Wood walked the first man he faced, Placido Polanco, on four
straight pitches. Wood then fell behind Miguel Cabrera 2-1 and fed Miggy a
fat outside delivery that Cabrera extended his arms on to swat the oppoosite
way for a 2rHR (#18) to the RField seats to make it a 5-4 final. Wood settled
down to retire the next three Tigers for his 12th save in 16 chances.
    Cleveland's Cabrera was 3-for-5, Hafner and Luis Valbuena (2-2B) were
both 2-for-4 and Sizemore 2-for-5 at the plate.
    Thomas had a pair of singles as the only Tiger with multiple basehits.
    The SRO audience of 41,782 was the fourth Tiger home sellout of the
    The loss cost 47-39 Detroit in the standings. When second place Chicago
won at third place Minnesota Saturday night, the White Sox got back to
within two and a half games of the Tigers and the Twins remained four full
games behind. 
    The Indians won for just the seventh time in their last 25 games.

    CLE     5-12-0, 6-LOB     (W) Pavano, 8-7; (S) Wood, #12
    DET     4-8-0, 2-LOB       (L) Galarraga, 5-8


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "(Pavano) pounded the strike zone with strike one
...He kept the ball away from us to his credit...(Galarraga) pitched the third
inning there like a home run would win the ball game. If the guy hits a solo home
run, who cares? (Galarraga) got afraid to give up a run rather than trying to get
an out. When you get two quick outs, you have to go after whoever is up. He
pitched to Sizemore like he was Babe Ruth. He pitched Martinez like Babe Ruth
and Shoo like Babe Ruth. Then Hafner burned him. You can't do that."

TIGERS C GERALD LAIRD:   "(Pavano is) a professional. He's been around awhile
and he knows that when he gets a lead it's important to throw strikes and keep
us off balance. It was one of those nights when you have to tip your cap to him
because he got some key double plays and he made pitches when he had to."

INDIANS SP CARL PAVANO:   "When things go your way early in a game, you can
build some momentum. I got some runs and the guys made some great plays
behind me, and I was able to go from there...I was able to locate my fastball and
keep it down. I was aggressive and made my pitches. Any time you make one
pitch and get two outs that's a pitchers' best friend."

INDIANS MGR ERIC WEDGE:   "That was some good baseball out there. That's one
of the best all-around games we've played this season. We pitched well, we made
some nice plays, and we hit the ball well...Kerry (Wood) did a great job of righting
himself. He walked a guy and then he gives up a homer to one of the best hitters
in the league, but then he settled down and got the next three guys. That's good
to see."


    The only time the Cleveland pitching staff has gone an entire game without
issuing a walk was on May 1st vs Detroit. Pavano pitched the first 7.1-IP of that
contest, a 6-5 Tribe victory over Detroit at the CoPa. That game was Cleveland's
only other victory vs the Tigers this year.
    Pavano was one of three MLB pitchers to post five wins in May. Tigers Justin
Verlander and Rick Porcello were the others.
    Hitless until his homer, Miguel Cabrera's 1-for-4 night extended his hitting
streak to 11 games.
    Tiger catcher Gerald Laird threw out Cleveland's Cabrera on a steal attempt in
the T-9th. It was an MLB-leading 20th caught-stealing toss by Laird.
    Idled since May 5th with a right shoulder injury, DLed Tigers LFielder Carlos
Guillen will begin an injury rehab assignment with the Lakeland Flying Tigers Monday.
    Verlander (9-4) and Cleveland's Tomo Ohka (0-2) are the probables for Sunday
afternoon's series finale.


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