Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) hits a single during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE)
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - It can't get much worse for the Cleveland
The Detroit Tigers were facing a three-run deficit in the 10th inning with
nobody on base and two outs, but Miguel Cabrera capped an improbable rally
with a game-winning two-run blast to send the Indians to their ninth straight
Chris Perez (0-3) retired the first two hitters he faced, but lost his control
and walked Alex Avila and Andy Dirks -- the No. 8 and 9 hitters in the lineup
-- to bring the tying run to the plate.
Austin Jackson roped a run-scoring double to bring Detroit within two and put
the tying run in scoring position, and Omar Infante poked a game-tying single
to center on a 2-2 pitch.
Cabrera, the team's best hitter, had a chance to end the contest, and he did
just that, blasting a Perez offering over the wall in left-center for
Detroit's eighth straight home win.
It made a winner of Darin Downs (1-0), who allowed one of the three runs
Detroit gave up in the 10th inning.
The Indians have now lost nine straight, their longest skid since an 11-gamer
from 2009. The team record is 12. All the losses encompassed a road trip that
ended Sunday, with their last victory coming on July 26 against the Tigers.
Detroit nearly won the game in the ninth, when Jackson looked to break a tie
with a leadoff triple -- his second of the game. It came off Josh Tomlin, who
would have been the starter if not for a demotion to the bullpen earlier this
week. Tomlin, though, recovered to strike out Infante before intentionally
walking Cabrera and Prince Fielder to load the bases.
Quintin Berry followed with a groundball to first baseman Carlos Santana, who
began a 3-2-3 double play to get out of the inning.
Travis Hafner and Ezequiel Carrera blasted back-to-back homers in the 10th off
Joaquin Benoit to put the Indians ahead by two, and Lou Marson added an RBI
double later in the inning to put Cleveland's lengthy losing skid on the brink
of the rear-view mirror.
The Tigers, though, put together an improbable rally to extend the Indians'
misery, capped by Cabrera's fifth walkoff homer of his career.
Michael Brantley and Hafner put the Indians ahead early with a pair of RBI
singles in the first inning, though Fielder cut Detroit's deficit in half with
a run-scoring base hit in the home half.
Both teams scored a run in the third: the Indians on Shin-Soo Choo's homer and
the Tigers on Cabrera's RBI groundout. Detroit tied the game in the fourth on
an Avila RBI single, but Santana's RBI single in the fifth put Cleveland back
Infante led off the fifth with his ninth homer of the year and first with
Detroit, tying the game again at four. Hafner gave the Indians yet another
lead in the seventh with an RBI single, but Fielder squared the game in the
home half with a sacrifice fly off Vinnie Pestano.
It was the 100th go-ahead homer of Cabrera's career out of 304 total...The
Indians will return home to play Minnesota at home for three games in an
attempt to stop the skid...Cleveland's starters during the losing streak are
0-7 with an 11.69 earned run average...Chris Seddon made his 2012 debut for
the Indians and allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings...Detroit starter Max
Scherzer allowed four runs in five innings...Downs' win was the first of his
career...Tigers catcher Gerald Laird and manager Jim Leyland were ejected in
the second inning for arguing a call at first.
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