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Tribe Wallops Willis And Tigers, 8-2
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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