Cheers Greet Perez, Tribe Wins Again
CLEVELAND — It wasn’t boos that welcomed closer Chris Perez to the mound in the 9th inning on Tuesday night.
He heard cheers, just a few days after his “rant” against attendance and fans.
Perez was trying to preserve a 5-3 lead as the Indians opened their crucial series with Central Division rival Detroit.
Perez did put two men on, but then slammed the door and registered his 14th save of the year as the 15,049 fans cheered his performance.
The hitting star of the night was first baseman Casey Kotchman.
He ripped three hits and drove in a run as the Tribe banged out a dozen hits against Tiger pitching.
Ubaldo Jimenez pitched 6 innings, allowed 5 hits and 3 runs, but walked 6 batters.
However, the righty did pick up the win and credits relievers Sipp, Smith and Pestano for perfect pitching, while Perez allowed a walk and a base hit in the 9th.
Everyone in the starting lineup registered a hit except for Johnny Damon.
The Tribe and Tigers square off again at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday at Progressive Field.