Tigers complete sweep of Indians

Center fielder Austin Jackson threw out Kosuke Fukudome at the plate to complete a game-ending double play and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in a wild game Sunday. Delmon Young and Victor Martinez homered in a seven-run third inning as the first-place Tigers completed a three-game sweep of the Indians. The Indians could have taken over first place with a sweep of their own, but leave Detroit trailing by 4 1-2 games in the AL Central race.
AP Wire
Aug 22, 2011

Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 37th save in as many tries, but it wasn’t easy. He walked Fukudome to start the inning and then hit Jason Donald on an 0-2 pitch. Jack Hannahan bunted the runners over, before pinch-hitter Matt LaPorta lined to centerfield and Jackson threw a perfect strike to the plate to get Fukudome by a step.

Cleveland’s Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1) took the loss, giving up eight runs in 3 1-3 innings, but Rick Porcello couldn’t take advantage, allowing five in 3 2-3. Phil Coke, the fifth of seven Tigers pitchers, got the win to improve to 2-8.

The Tigers appeared to be in complete control after scoring seven runs in the third, but Porcello couldn’t get out of the fourth.

Detroit sent 12 batters to the plate against Jimenez in the third. He threw 47 pitches in the inning, but Manny Acta never had anyone warming up in the pen.

Ramon Santiago and Jackson had RBI singles in the inning before Young hit a three-run homer and Martinez made it a 7-0 game with a two-run shot.

Carlos Santana started Cleveland’s rally with a one-out homer in the fourth, and after Porcello retired the next batter, he gave up four straight hits. He was taken out after Michael Brantley’s two-run double pulled the Indians within 7-5.

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For more coverage of Sunday's thrilling win, see Monday's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune

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