Tribe Wallops Willis And Tigers, 8-2
Cliff Lee ... wins No. 10.
Cliff Lee ... wins No. 10.
Indians Ink
Posted Jun 9, 2008

Ryan Garko hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Cliff Lee pitched five innings for his 10th win as the Indians won in Detroit, 8-2, Monday night. Kelly Shoppach hit a two-run homer in the second as Cleveland scored eight runs in 1 1/3 innings off Tigers lefty Dontrelle Willis -- then waited out a long thunderstorm and went on earn a split of the four-game series between AL Central rivals.

Lee (10-1, 2.52 ERA) returned to the mound after a 57-minute rain delay in the fifth inning. The left-hander allowed two runs, six hits and two walks while striking out five over five to become the first 10-game winner in the American League.

Garko (.264) hit his sixth homer with two on in the first to continue his hot streak. In his last seven games, he has hit .423 (11-for-26) with two homers and 14 RBI.

Shoppach (.221) hit his second homer in the second inning.

Ben Francisco (.302) got the Indians' offense started by drawing a one-out walk in the first. Victor Martinez (.280) also walked and Garko hit a 3-1 pitch over the fence in left-center for a 3-0 lead.

Willis (0-1, 10.32 ERA) then struck out Jhonny Peralta (.231) and Shin-Soo Choo (.333) to end the inning.

Casey Blake (.241) opened the second with another walk and Shoppach homered to left to make it 5-0.

Josh Barfield, called up from Triple-A Buffalo when Asdrubal Cabrera was sent down earlier in the day, flied out on a 3-2 pitch, but Franklin Gutierrez (.252) singled and Willis issued two more walks to Francisco and Martinez to load the bases.

Reliever Denny Bautista hit Garko with his first pitch, forcing in Gutierrez. Peralta singled home Francisco and Blake's sacrifice fly made it 8-0.

Rafael Perez (3.34 ERA) worked two scoreless innings. Rafael Betancourt (7.00 ERA) and Masahide Kobayashi (3.06 ERA) each pitched one hitless inning.

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