Offensive Outburst Topples Tigers, 12-7

Hits and runs aplenty coupled with six scoreless innings of relief by three pitchers was the Indians' recipe for success Tuesday night in a 12-7 triumph over the Detroit Tigers. Cleveland nearly frittered away a 7-0 first-inning lead as the Tigers roared within 8-7, until the Indians turned on the offense again in the later innings.

"Our bullpen was fantastic," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "It takes a lot of guts to hang onto that game right there. I wonder how many people thought we were going to win when they got back within a run."

The most exciting play was an inside-the-park home run by Casey Blake (.304) in the eighth inning.

After Victor Martinez (.315) doubled home a run, blake launched a high drive to straightaway center that Tigers rookie Curtis Granderson tried to catch with a leap. He missed and the ball ricocheted off the wall as Blake raced around the bases.

Grady Sizemore (.307) and Jason Michaels (.273) atop the lineup sent Cleveland's basepath merry-go-round in motion all night. They went a combined 6-for-7 with three walks, four runs and three RBI.

The Indians routed Tigers starter Kenny Rogers for seven runs in the first inning as the veteran left-hander got only two outs.

Martinez had an RBI single and Blake walked with the bases loaded to make it 2-0. Jhonny Peralta then doubled to right-center, driving in two runs with Blake also scoring on an errant throw by Granderson to make it 5-0.

Sizemore, who had walked to start the rally, hit an RBI single to finish Rogers. Michaels greeted reliever Roman Colon with another RBI single.

Paul Byrd (4.71 ERA) couldn't make it stand up, however. The right-hander yielded seven runs on 10 hits over only three innings.

But Jason Davis (3-1, 5.19 ERA), Brian Sikorski (4.58 ERA) and Fausto Carmona (3.57 ERA) saved the day -- or the night, as the case may be.

Davis yielded two hits and fanned two over three innings, Sikorski also struck out two and allowed one hit over two innings and Carmona got one strikeout in a perfect ninth.

Class AAA Buffalo (53-51) edged visiting Louisville, 2-1. Brian Slocum (3-2, 3.79 ERA) gave up three hits and one walk over six scoreless innings, striking out three. Danny Graves (3.86 ERA) gave up a solo homer over two innings and Andrew Brown (2.83 ERA) yielded a hit and got a strikeout in the ninth to earn his third save. Ben Francisco (.275) hit a solo homer, his 13th, and scored both Bisons runs as Jason Dubois (.264) singled him home for his 63rd RBI.

Class AA Akron (63-40) swept a doubleheader from visiting Erie, 6-5 and 7-4, though third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff went 0-for-6 with a walk, dropping his average to .386.

Sean Smith (9-3, 3.34 ERA) gave up five runs (four earned) over six innings to win the opener. Tony Sipp (2.41 ERA) fanned two in one perfect inning for his first save. Ryan Goleski and Ryan Mulhern each had two RBI, while Brian Barton (.500) went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Nate Panther (.230) was 3-for-4 and scored twice.

In the second game, Goleski (.321) went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI, Mulhern (.268) drove in two more runs and hit a solo homer, his 10th, and Caleb Brock, just promoted from Kinston, went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI in his Aeros debut. Bear Bay (5-8, 4.92 ERA) allowed struck out five and allowed three runs over five innings for the win. Scott Roehl yielded one run over 1 1/3 innings and Jim Ed Warden (2.91 ERA) worked two-thirds of an inning for his sixth save.

Class A Kinston (17-14, 47-23) won a wild one in Frederick, 14-10, as Rodney Choy Foo, Brandon Pinckney, Stephen Head (.219) and Javier Herrera all drove in three runs. Choy Foo (.315) went 3-for-5 with three runs, a three-run homer, his sixth, and a stolen base. Pinckney (.267) had two hits and scored twice, Herrera (.375) had two hits and a run, Jordan Brown (.279) went 2-for-5 with three runs and an RBI and Jose Constanza (.307) was 3-for-4 with two runs and two steals. Mariano Gomez (1-2, 4.05 ERA) got the win, allowing one run over 2 1/3 innings. Starter Joe Ness (3.42 ERA) gave up six runs over 3 2/3 innings, Cody Bunkleman yielded three runs over two innings and T.J. Burton (4.64 ERA) worked a perfect ninth.

Class A Lake County (17-14, 29-41) lost to visiting Asheville, 8-3. Juan Valdes (.234), Mike Conroy (.233) and Matt Fornasiere (.249) had two hits apiece for the Captains. Albert Vargas (4-11, 4.08 ERA) allowed four runs (three earned) over six innings, striking out seven without a walk. Doodle Hicks (5.40 ERA) and Mark Jecmen (4.42 ERA) both gave up two runs over one inning and Randy Newsom (1.12 ERA) worked one scoreless inning.

Class A Mahoning Valley (17-15) lost at Brooklyn, 4-1. Andy Lytle (.360) went 2-for-4 with a run and Jason Denham (.294) was 2-for-5. Josh Tomlin (2-1, 2.61 ERA) struck out seven, but gave up three runs over five innings. Dan Miltenberger (4.91 ERA) allowed one run over one inning and Matt Meyer (0.61 ERA) fanned four while yielding one hit and one walk over two innings.

Rookie League Burlington (16-18) gave up 19 hits in an 8-5 loss at Bluefield. Starter Rick Fairchild (5.88 ERA) allowed eight hits and three runs over three innings, Brandt Sanders (2-1, 3.68 ERA) gave up six hits and three runs (two earned) over 2 2/3 innings and Brett Andrade (4.50 ERA) yielded five hits and two runs over 2 1/3 innings. Felipe Garcia (.321) and Jose Chavez (.228) each had one hit and two RBI while Brett Kinning (.259) was 1-for-2 with two runs, three walks and a stolen base.

GCL Indians (13-14) were not scheduled.

TODAY'S FARM SYSTEM THREE STARS (HITTING)

PLAYER

TEAM

AB

H

HR

R

RBI

SB

BB

SO

1. R. Choy Foo

Kinston

5

3

1

3

3

1

1

0

2. J. Constanza

Kinston

4

3

0

2

0

2

0

0

3a. R. Goleski

Akron

7

3

0

2

3

0

0

0

3b. R. Mulhern

Akron

5

2

1

2

4

0

1

2


TODAY'S FARM SYSTEM THREE STARS (PITCHING)

PLAYER

Team

W

L

SV

IP

ER

H

BB

SO

1. B. Slocum

Buffalo

1

0

0

6.0

0

3

1

3

2. T. Sipp

Akron

0

0

1

1.0

0

0

0

2

3. M. Meyer

Mahoning Valley

0

0

0

2.0

0

1

1

4