Indians 6, Tigers 3

Even though Detroit has long been eliminated from contention,

Tigers manager Jim Leyland hopes slugger Miguel Cabrera isn’t out

for the final week of the season.

Cabrera sprained his right ankle in the seventh inning of

Detroit’s 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Monday night after

Tigers starter Armando Galarraga went from unhittable to giving up

three homers in an 18-pitch span.

”I’m concerned about it,” Leyland said of Cabrera’s injury.

”You could see the way he was reacting that he was in pain. It was

hurting. You don’t take any chances with anybody, let alone

him.”

Cabrera landed awkwardly on the bag while getting back to first

base on a pickoff attempt. He limped from the field and was taken

for X-rays, which were negative.

The first baseman and MVP candidate leads the majors with 126

RBIs, is tied for second in the AL with 38 homers and is third with

a .328 batting average.

Galarraga (5-8) had a no-hitter until Matt LaPorta hit a

412-foot homer to center leading off the fifth. One out later, Luke

Carlin homered to right. Travis Hafner hit a three-run shot with

two outs for a 5-2 lead.

”Everything happened so fast,” Galarraga said. ”I gave up a

home run, another and another. And, boom, I was out of the game. I

allowed only four base hits. I still can’t believe how it

happened.”

Carlos Carrasco (2-1) got the win despite allowing 11 hits and

three runs over six innings.

”His fastball had life and he made 21 of 29 first-pitch

strikes,” Cleveland manager Manny Acta said of the rookie

right-hander. ”He gave up nine hits in the first four innings, but

kept his composure.”

Chris Perez pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save in 26

tries. He had not worked since Sept. 18 and missed the last three

games when he went home to Tampa, Fla. for the birth of his first

son on Friday.

”Ever since he’s been born, we’re undefeated,” Perez said.

The Indians have won four straight and snapped Detroit’s

four-game winning streak. The Tigers have lost six straight in

Cleveland and were counting on Galarraga to end that slide.

For four innings, he continued to dominate the Indians as he had

on June 2, when he lost his bid for a perfect game with two outs in

the ninth inning on an infield single by Cleveland’s Jason Donald.

TV replays showed Donald was out and that umpire Jim Joyce blew the

call. On Aug. 20, Galarraga struck out eight over seven innings in

a 6-0 win over the Indians.

LaPorta’s shot was the first run and only the fifth hit by

Cleveland off Galarraga in 20 innings this year.

”LaPorta’s homer was huge,” Acta said. ”It broke the

ice.”

Until then both starters were moving about as fast as an

iceberg, much to Leyland’s displeasure.

”The pace of the game was terrible,” Leyland said. ”Between

Galarraga and their guy, so much time between pitches. It was like

almost every pitch they were preparing for a test. Between those

two guys, you fall asleep. That’s not a criticism. That’s just a

fact. They were way too slow for me.”

Jhonny Peralta put Detroit ahead 1-0 in the third with an RBI

single.

Austin Jackson hit a leadoff double in the inning, the 500th hit

by a Detroit rookie this season, most since 1929, when Tigers

first-year players had a team-record 590.

With two outs, the Indians intentionally walked Cabrera, who had

homered in his previous three games. It was the 32nd intentional

pass issued to Cabrera this season, two short of the AL record set

by Ted Williams in 1957.

Peralta, traded by the Indians to Detroit in July, hit a bloop

single to left to score Jackson.

Jackson made it 2-0 in the fourth with Detroit’s fourth single

of the inning. Alex Avila and Casper Wells singled. Avila was out

by 10 feet trying to steal third with Will Rhymes at bat. Rhymes

then grounded a single to left, with Wells stopping at third.

Jackson followed with a ground single between first and second.

Jackson’s sacrifice fly in the sixth got Detroit within 5-3.

Asdrubal Cabrera’s RBI double in the seventh made it 6-3.

NOTES: The home team has won the last 10 meetings and 14 of 16

this year between the AL Central rivals. … Leyland will meet with

general manager David Dombrowski, the coaching staff, scouts and

other members of the Tigers front office on Tuesday. ”It’s just a

discussion of where we are,” Leyland said. ”It’s basically an

evaluation thing. You like to get opinions from different people.

It’s good to get (other) viewpoints.” … Detroit has won eight of

11, with each loss by Galarraga. He has an 11.20 ERA in those

starts. … Acta has shut down RHP Jeanmar Gomez to limit his

innings. Gomez is 4-5 with a 4.68 ERA in 11 starts and has worked

173 2-3 innings combined between Cleveland and Triple-A Columbus.

… Donald, who bruised his right index finger when hit with a

pitch while trying to bunt on Sept. 11, probably won’t play again

this season.