American League - Tigers 5, Indians 1
DETROIT (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - History was not made at Comerica Park today.
The Tigers did not lose, they did not get swept at home by the Indians in a four-game series for the first time ever and they will not head west with the worst of post-All-Star break tastes in their mouths.
They beat the Indians in front of a sellout crowd, 5-1.
Drew Smyly (6-8) earned the win. He pitched seven innings of one-run baseball.
But perhaps most importantly, Joe Nathan pitched one inning of scoreless baseball.
One day after taking the loss in the ninth inning of Saturday night's game, Nathan sat the Indians down in order in the ninth.
It was not a save situation – Nick Castellanos' RBI double in the eighth put his 20th save of the season out of reach – but Nathan left the mound to cheers, not boos.
He threw nine pitches in finishing the win.
From start to the seventh, Smyly pitched superbly, getting ahead of Indians' hitters and attacking them when they were down in the count.
He allowed four hits –– the first with two outs in the fifth inning –– struck out six and walked two.
His only blemish on the day was a solo home run by Yan Gomes in the sixth inning.
Smyly was backed early by a RBI single from Ian Kinsler and a sacrifice fly by Victor Martinez in the first inning.
Torii Hunter hit his 13th home run of the season in the fourth inning, a towering two-run shot off Josh Tomlin to leftfield.
Tomlin (5-7) took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings.
The Tigers increase their lead in the American League Central to 5 1/2 games. They travel to Arizona for three games, starting Monday, and head to Los Angeles to take on the Angels for four next weekend.
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