Tigers take down Tribe again, increase lead in AL CentralAug 21, 2011 - 6:18 AM
Ramon Santiago went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI, while Alex Avila and Victor Martinez each scored twice for the Tigers, who have won the first two games of this pivotal, three-game series.
Despite being handed the large cushion, Doug Fister (5-13) remained focused, allowing just one run on six hits while fanning seven in as many innings.
"Its a fun ball club to be a part of, especially when they are known for putting up big runs like this," said Fister, who was acquired from the Mariners on July 30. "It makes our job as pitchers a lot easier."
In contrast, David Huff (1-2) lasted just 2 1/3 frames to suffer the loss. He surrendered five runs on four hits and four walks.
Shin-Soo Choo had a solo homer for the Indians, who fell 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Tigers in the AL Central.
The Tigers pushed two across in the bottom of the first. Austin Jackson drew a leadoff walk and Magglio Ordonez followed with a single to place runners at first and second. Miguel Cabrera extended his hit streak to 17 games with a single, which plated Jackson and Ordonez came home on Martinez's sac fly to right.
Inge, who was called up following the Tigers' 4-1 series-opening win, began the home second with a bang, turning on a high changeup and belting it into the seats in left. Santiago then doubled, advanced to third on a flyout and scored on Ordonez's sac fly to give the Tigers a 4-0 advantage.
"It was great to see him come back like that," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said of Inge. "He actually swung the bat pretty well all night."
Choo put the Indians on the board with a solo shot in the third, but Huff was pulled a half-inning later after issuing walks to Cabrera and Avila. Chad Durbin entered and allowed a ground-rule double to Inge, which scored Cabrera, making it a 5-1 game.
The Tigers loaded the bases with one down in the fifth. Inge lifted a soft fly to shallow left and Michael Brantley failed to see the ball into his glove, allowing Martinez to score. Santiago followed with a sac fly to center and the Tigers led 7-1.
In the seventh, Detroit again loaded the bases and consecutive RBI singles by Santiago, Jackson and Don Kelly sealed the final margin.
"We were never in it. We're going to have to come out tomorrow and try to salvage this series," Indians manager Manny Acta said.
Inge hit just his second home run of the season. He was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Friday...Fister was acquired from the Mariners on July 30 as part of a six-player deal...Entering the game, Fister had received 2.18 runs of support per nine innings over 24 starts this season, marking the lowest run support average amongst all AL pitchers.
- CLEVELAND: 1
Aug 20 9:50 PM
- Don Kelly singled to left scored Jhonny Peralta. On the play, Austin Jackson advances to second and Ramon Santiago advances to third. Bases loaded with one out and Delmon Young due up.
Indians 1, Tigers 10 Bot 7, 1 OutAug 20 9:21 PM
- Austin Jackson singled to left scored Alex Avila. On the play, Ramon Santiago advances to second and Jhonny Peralta advances to third. Bases loaded with one out and Don Kelly due up.
Indians 1, Tigers 9 Bot 7, 1 OutAug 20 9:19 PM
- Ramon Santiago singled to center scored Victor Martinez. On the play, Jhonny Peralta advances to second and Alex Avila advances to third. Bases loaded with one out and Austin Jackson due up.
Indians 1, Tigers 8 Bot 7, 1 OutAug 20 9:18 PM
- Austin Jackson grounded out third to first to end the inning.
Indians 1, Tigers 7 End 5Aug 20 8:53 PM
- Brandon Inge reached first on Michael Brantley's fielding error scored Victor Martinez. On the play, Jhonny Peralta advances to second and Alex Avila advances to third. Bases loaded with one out and Ramon Santiago due up.
Indians 1, Tigers 6 Bot 5, 1 OutAug 20 8:50 PM
- Brandon Inge ground-rule double to center scored Miguel Cabrera. On the play, Alex Avila advances to third. Runners on second and third with two outs and Ramon Santiago due up.
Indians 1, Tigers 5 Bot 3, 2 OutsAug 20 8:19 PM
- Shin-Soo Choo one-out, solo Home Run (6) to left center. Asdrubal Cabrera due up.
Indians 1, Tigers 4 Top 3, 1 OutAug 20 7:55 PM
- Magglio Ordonez sacrifice fly out to right scored Ramon Santiago. None on with two outs and Delmon Young due up.
Indians 0, Tigers 4 Bot 2, 2 OutsAug 20 7:50 PM
- Brandon Inge lead-off Home Run (2) to left. Ramon Santiago due up.
Indians 0, Tigers 3 Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 20 7:45 PM
- Victor Martinez sacrifice fly out to right scored Magglio Ordonez. Runner on first with two outs and Alex Avila due up.
Indians 0, Tigers 2 Bot 1, 2 OutsAug 20 7:28 PM
- Miguel Cabrera singled to center scored Austin Jackson. On the play, Magglio Ordonez advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and Victor Martinez due up.
Indians 0, Tigers 1 Bot 1, 1 OutAug 20 7:26 PM
- CLEVELAND: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 20 7:07 PM
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