The metric system was in full force for the Indians and their meeting with the Detroit Tigers on Friday. For starters, Paul Byrd was on the hill pitching for his 100th win. The Indians were going for their 1000thwin in lifetime meetings with Detroit. Both milestones were achieved in a 4-2 victory.
Byrd went seven innings, allowing four hits and two runs. Two strikeouts and no walks contributed to the cause.
Casey Blake RBI machine extraordinaire, especially when Clevelandis on the road, came through in the clutch yet again, hitting in two in a three run fourth. During this road stretch, both Blake and the big early inning are signatures of the Tribe.
The Indian breakout was the first scoring of the contest. After Victor Martinez popped out to lead off the inning, Ryan Garko walked. Jhonny Peralta singled Garko over to second, and David Dellucci walked, loading the bases. That brought up Casey Blake. Blake delivered a double to left, scoring Garkoand Peralta, and leaving an RBI opportunity for Franklin Gutierrez with runners at second and third. He also delivered an RBI single, scoring Dellucci. Asdrubal Cabrera struck out, Sizemore flew out, but the Indians were on the board 3-0.
Both Tigers runs came via the solo shot home run. Brandon Inge homered in the sixth, Jeff Larish homered in the seventh, putting Byrd’s 100th victory in jeopardy.
In the Eighth the Indians delivered a long ball of their own; Garko’s full count home-run added a bit of insurance for Byrd.
Indians pitcher Masa Kobayashicame on in the bottom of the eighth, throwing one inning of no hit ball and earning a hold.
Joe Borowski gave up a one out single to Jose Guillen, but struck out Cabrera earning his fifth save of the year.
Franklin Gutierrez led the way for the Tribe with two hits and an RBI. Blake, Garko, Sizemore, Peralta and Martinez each registered a hit.
With the win, Cleveland improves to 28-33 on the season. They are 4-4 on the current road stand.
The Tigers drop their fourth in a row. They are a half-game out of the basement of the AL Central at 24-36.
Justin Verlander earns the loss for Detroit, going seven innings and giving up three runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and a four walks. The walks proved his demise, two of his three runs were the result of the free pass.
These two go again in a lefty match up. Aaron Laffey pits his stuff against crafty veteran Kenny Rogers. Game time is 3:55.