Indians 7, Tigers 6

The Detroit Tigers lost their manager, catcher and a crucial

game in the AL Central race.

Now, the Tigers are hoping to quickly rebound from their sour

Sunday after twice blowing leads to the Cleveland Indians.

Lonnie Chisenhall singled in the winning run with one out in the

ninth inning to give Cleveland a 7-6 win – the Indians’ first at

home when trailing after eight innings in more than a year.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland was ejected and catcher Alex Avila

hurt in a collision with Prince Fielder as Detroit dropped two

games back in the AL Central. The Tigers go to Chicago to face the

first-place White Sox on Monday.

”It was a good comeback,” Leyland said. ”There wasn’t

anything cheap about it. It was a heck of a ballgame. Give them

credit. That’s the way it goes. Turn the page and move on.”

Before the game, Leyland said the makeup of Thursday’s rainout

with the White Sox would be huge since it is the last meeting

between the rivals.

It is even bigger for the Tigers after Cleveland’s comeback.

Jason Kipnis doubled off Jose Valverde (3-3) and scored the

tying run on a one-out triple by Carlos Santana. Right fielder Don

Kelly nearly made a leaping catch, but the ball dropped as he

crashed into the wall.

Valverde then intentionally walked both Michael Brantley and

Ezequiel Carrera to face Chisenhall, who lined the first pitch to


”You’ve got to get the ball to the outfield there,” Chisenhall

said. ”They weren’t walking guys to get to me, I’d like to think.

They were trying to get the bases loaded and have the force


”It’s definitely exciting. You like to win games like


Esmil Rogers (2-1) pitched one inning for Cleveland, an AL-worst

17-45 since the All-Star break, and just 11-37 since July 26.

Miguel Cabrera, with visiting Detroit fans chanting ”MVP!

MVP!” hit a three-run homer in the seventh to put the Tigers ahead

6-5. Cabrera connected off Joe Smith for a 402-foot drive.

But Valverde got his fifth blown save in 36 chances as he worked

for the third day in a row.

”We were asking a lot of Valverde,” Leyland said. ”He had

better velocity than he had the last couple of nights. We talked to

him before the game and he said he was good to go.”

Valverde credited the Indians.

”I made good pitches, but they hit them,” he said. ”I want to

be perfect, but I am not. Now, let’s go to Chicago and win.”

Cleveland scored two unearned runs in the fifth for a 4-3 lead

after trailing 3-0. Leyland got tossed for arguing the play that

put the Indians ahead.

With the score tied at 3, first-base umpire Brian Knight ruled

shortstop Jhonny Peralta’s throw trying for an inning-ending double

play was too late as Brantley scored from third base.

First baseman Prince Fielder hopped off the bag and yelled and

Leyland came out to disagree. Cabrera was restrained by other umps

from going across the diamond from his third base position to join


Earlier in the inning, Leyland disputed a call by Knight that

also kept Detroit from turning a double play.

”They were unbelievable bang-bang plays,” Leyland said. ”At

this time of year with the importance, you get a little more

excited. Obviously, I thought they were out. The umpire saw it


Avila left in the sixth after colliding with Fielder. Avila was

about to catch Santana’s foul pop along the warning track in front

of Detroit’s dugout when Fielder, listed at 275 pounds, ran into

him. The ball dropped and so did Avila.

”It looked like a knockout punch,” Leyland said. ”The elbow

got him in the jaw.”

Leyland said trainers told him Avila has a sprained jaw, no

concussion, and could possibly play Monday. Leyland said he likely

was going to rest Avila anyway against White Sox lefty Jose


Given new life, Santana got an RBI single on another

questionable call by Knight. With Asdrubal Cabrera on second,

Santana hit a grounder between third and short that Miguel Cabrera

snared with a dive. His high throw from his knees pulled Fielder

off the bag, but the first baseman tagged Santana. Knight ruled

safe as Asdrubal Cabrera kept running and scored.

Fielder and acting manager Lloyd McClendon both protested.

”It was a weird game,” Tigers starter Rick Porcello said.

”Whether we get those calls or not is tough to say. It was

frustrating, but you have to deal with it and push on.”

Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the first off Ubaldo Jimenez. Both

runs scored as Brennan Boesch was safe with a bases-loaded infield

single when Jimenez fielded his slow tapper, but threw low and late

to first for an error.

Cleveland loaded the bases on three walks in the first, but

Porcello got Russ Canzler to hit the ball back to him and made the

play for the third out.

Delmon Young, hitting .167 (5 of 30) in the Tigers’ previous

eight games, hit an RBI single to make it 3-0 in the third.

Porcello gave up three hits in the fourth as Cleveland got

within 3-2. Shin-Soo Choo’s two-run bloop single to left drove in

Canzler, who had singled and came after a two-out double by Jack


NOTES: Cleveland won the season series, 10-8. … Tigers CF

Austin Jackson was a late scratch because of a sore left knee. He

got hurt trying to make a catch Saturday when he ran into the

center-field fence. ”I definitely anticipate playing (Monday),”

Jackson said. ”We’ll see. It hurt too much today.” … Peralta

played his 73rd straight game without an error, longest streak by a

Tigers shortstop since at least 1957. Eddie Brinkman had a 72-game

streak in 1972. … Miguel Cabrera has hit .369 (7 of 19) with 2

homers and 7 RBIs off Smith. … Jimenez, 1-9 in 13 starts since

the All-Star break, still has a 9-16 record and avoided becoming

the first Indians pitcher to lose 17 games since Tom Candiotti went

7-18 in 1987. … Indians 1B Matt LaPorta was twice shaken up after

crashing into a railing while trying to catch foul popups in the

same at-bat by Tigers 2B Omar Infante in the ninth. He stayed in

the game.