Cleveland picked up its seventh win in a row over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday afternoon as they played their last home game of the season in style – a 10-5 win and a sweep of the Tigers. It was the Indians sixth straight win.
Scott Lewis won his third straight decision for Cleveland, going five innings, giving up eight hits and three runs. Dontrelle Willis registered the loss, going only two and a third innings and giving up six runs on five hits prior to his early departure.
The Indians roughed him up for three in the bottom of the first. In reality he roughed up himself, loading the bases on three walks before surrendering a three run triple to Ryan Garko. Garko had a night to remember, going 4-4 and accounting for five RBI’s in the process.
The Tigers got a run back in the top of the second. They strung together a double by Edgar Renteria, a single by Ryan Raburn, and Renteria scoring on a double play ball grounder by Brandon Inge.
They picked up a second run in the third. Placido Polanco singled, Magglio Ordonez walked, and Gary Sheffiled delivered the RBI single making it a 3-2 Indians lead.
The Indians tagged Willis for three in the bottom of the inning. Victor Martinez opened the frame with a walk. Garko singled Martinez over to second. Both runners moved up on a Willis wild pitch, one of four he had on the night, and Andy Marte started the cash-in with an RBI single. On a Renteria error, Garko also scored and Marte moved over to second. He’d advance to third on a wild pitch, and score on an Asdrubal Cabrera single up the middle, making it 6-2 Indians.
The Indians tacked on a pair in the fourth, Garko once again in the mix. Choo singled and moved to second on an error, Jhonny Peralta walked, Martinezdouble Choo home and left runners on second and third for Garko’s sacrifice fly that scored Peralta.
Detroit, fighting bad pitching and numerous errors, got a run back via the long ball by Renteria, cutting the lead to 8-3.
The Indians got that run right back in the bottom half of the fifth on a pair of doubles by Cabrera and Francisco, Cabrera scoring.
In the bottom of the seventh, Garko added to his RBI total, doubling home Martinez after he’d singled.
The Tigers added two runs in the ninth of Juan Rincon. Jeff Larish came on as a pinch hitter and doubled. Granderson doubled him home, then scored himself on a Ordonez single. Cabrera grounded out, ending the game at 10-5.
The Indians head to Boston for a four game set that starts Monday night. Zack Jackson ( 0-3, 6.35 ERA) takes on Josh Beckett(12-9, 3.96 ERA). Boston trails the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East by a game and a half. Tampa Bay has clinched a playoff spot, but the division crown is still up for grabs between the two.