2004 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1999 Baltimore Orioles 1998 Cincinnati Reds 1991 New York Mets 1987 Baltimore Orioles 1987 Milwaukee Brewers 1985 Minnesota Twins 1982 Atlanta Braves 1979 Cleveland Indians 1976 Chicago White Sox 1970 Chicago Cubs 1959 Kansas City Athletics 1957 Cincinnati Reds 1955 Philadelphia Phillies 1951 New York Giants 1944 Chicago Cubs 1943 Brooklyn Dodgers 1932 Pittsburgh Pirates 1931 Cleveland Indians 1921 Washington SenatorsWhen the season began, a three-game sweep in Detroit in this final week of August would have appeared to have been heaven-sent. The defending AL Central champion Tribe and Tigers were expected to battle it out for supremacy not only in the division but perhaps for the best record in the AL.
Instead, the suddenly surging Indians only passed the lackluster Tigers for third place this week.
The Indians completed a perfect six-game trip for the first time since Aug. 5-11, 2005, and have won 10 in a row for the first time since April 3-13, 2002.
Home runs by Kelly Shoppach (No. 17) and Shin-Soo Choo (No. 7), who had three hits, helped Fausto Carmona (7-5, 4.50 ERA) and three relievers hold off the Tigers.
Carmona won back-to-back starts for the first time since April 17 and 24. The right-hander gave up seven hits and four runs over six innings. He walked three and struck out three.
Carmona was one of the key players who spent a lot of time on the disabled list as the Indians faded from contention. He missed two months with a straihed left hip. DH Travis Hafner hasn't played since May, catcher Victor Martinez, second baseman Josh Barfield and right-hander Jake Westbrook have all been out since June after having various surgeries. Westbrook won't be back until next summer.
Carmona improved to 3-0 this year against Detroit, while Tigers ace Justin Verlander dropped to 1-4 this season against Cleveland.
Jhonny Peralta (.281) put Cleveland ahead with an RBI single in the first inning off the right-hander.
Curtis Granderson led off the bottom half against Carmona with a homer to tie it, but Grady Sizemore (.269) hit a two-run single in the Indians' second inning to make it 3-1.
Consecutive RBI singles by Brandon Inge, Ramon Santiago and Granderson in the bottom half put the Tigers ahead, 4-3.
After Ryan Garko (.256) was hit by a pitch to open the Indians' fourth, Shoppach (.263) belted a 2-0 offering over the wall in left to put Cleveland ahead to stay at 5-4.
Choo (.266) followed a leadoff walk to Peralta in the seventh with a homer to right off reliever Gary Glover to make it 7-4.
Magglio Ordonez's RBI double in the bottom half off Rafael Betancourt (5.15 ERA) got Detroit within 7-5, but RBI singles by Garko made it 9-5 in the eighth.
Jensen Lewis (4.05 ERA) allowed a two-run homer to Ordonez in the ninth, then fanned Miguel Cabrera for the final out.