Indians Beat Detroit, 7-6
DETROIT, Mich. — Despite a late-inning rally, the Cleveland Indians held off Detroit to pull within one game of the lead in Central Division with a 7-6 win over the Tigers Saturday night.
The Indians got to Tigers Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander early; Nick Swisher doubled in the first to score Michael Bourn.
Then, Jason Giambi walked with the bases loaded to make it a 2-0 Indians lead.
In the second, Asdrubal Cabrera doubled to right. Jason Kipnis beat the throw home and the Indians had a 3-0 lead.
The Tribe got a big outing from Ubaldo Jimenez, who pitched well for a third straight start. Jimenez went six innings, gave up three hits, one run and struck out eight.
After Jimenez was replaced in the seventh by Nick Hagadone, the Tigers erupted for four runs to make it a 6-5 game. Jason Giambi gave the Indians a 7-5 lead on a sacrifice fly in the eighth which scored Jason Kipnis.
Detroit scored a run in the ninth to pull within 7-6, but Chris Perez got Miguel Cabrera to ground out to third to end the game.
Perez picked up his sixth save of the season.
The Indians are now in second place in the Central Division, one game behind Detroit.
The two teams will wrap up their three-game series on Sunday.
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