It was a tale of two pitchers.
Indians' rookie starter Mitch Talbot came under fire early and often, allowing four runs to the Tigers in his first three innings, two coming off a Magglio Ordonez homer in the first. The Tigers scored two more in the third, an inning in which Talbot walked three batters. He settled in after that, but by then the damage was done.
Tigers' starter Jeremy Bonderman got ahead of hitters and was able to dictate the game. He retired the first 11 Indians he faced before giving up a two-out walk to Shin-Soo Choo in the fourth. Following a wild-pitch and a two-out RBI single by DH Travis Hafner, Bonderman battled Jhonny Peralta for 12 pitches before finally giving up a walk. Matt LaPorta came up and popped out to second, ending the Indians' threat.
It's all they would get off of Bonderman, who was in command throughout the game. He finished the game with 5 innings pitched, allowing one hit and one run. He walked two and struck out five to pick up his first win of the season. Tigers reliever Ryan Perry came on to get the last four Indians to pick up his first save of the season.
The Indians could not get anything going offensively against the Tigers pitching, getting only two Travis Hafner singles and an infield hit by Asdrubel Cabrera on the day.
Mitch Talbot struggled from the start, allowing four hits and two runs in the first inning. He allowed another hit and a walk in the second, but got out of the inning without allowing a run. In the third, his control problems continued, walking Miguel Cabrera and Carlos Guillen to start the inning. Brandon Inge followed with an RBI single to make the game 3-0. Talbot would walk Tigers' catcher Alex Avila. Scott Sizemore followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Tigers a four-run lead.
Manny Acta showed he is patient with his pitchers, and that just might have helped salvage this outing for Talbot. Despite being in near constant trouble in the first three innings, Acta stayed with Talbot, who settled in after the third inning and retired the final seven batters he faced. That may have helped Talbot regain some lost confidence in his pitches and could serve as a springboard for his next start. For the other Tribe pitchers, it shows them that their skipper won't bring out the hook at the first signs of trouble.
The Tribe will try to salvage the final game of the series in Detroit tomorrow at 1:05, as Jake Westbrook attempts to bounce back from his opening day loss. He will go against Justin Verlander.