Cleveland (37-38) at Detroit (36-39)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Jun 30, 2004
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The Detroit Tigers are getting used to hitting game-winning homers.

The surging Tigers look to extend their winning streak to a season-high six games as they continue a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians.

Dmitri Young’s two-run homer in the 11th inning gave Detroit its season-high fifth straight victory, 9-7 over the Indians on Tuesday.

Young’s homer was also Detroit’s third straight game-ending home run. Eric Munson’s solo shot in the ninth beat Arizona on Saturday, and Carlos Pena’s grand slam in the ninth led the Tigers past the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Munson homered again on Tuesday and drove in four runs, and Bobby Higginson also hit a home run for the Tigers. Catcher Ivan Rodriguez was 3-for-5 to give him 48 hits in his last 101 at-bats.

Detroit has won eight of its last nine games at home.

The Tigers will send right-hander Nate Robertson to the mound Wednesday. Although he has been Detroit’s most consistent starter, Robertson has not fared as well at home. He’s 2-2 with a 4.54 ERA in seven appearances, including six starts, at Comerica Park.

The 26-year-old hurler leads Detroit with a 6-3 record to go with a 3.81 ERA. He has pitched exceptionally well in June, going 2-0 with a 2.80 ERA in five starts.

Robertson will face a young Cleveland lineup led by catcher Victor Martinez, who homered and drove in three runs Tuesday to give him a team-high 57 RBIs on the season.

Tuesday’s defeat kept the Indians from moving over the .500 mark. They have been at .500 or below since they were 2-1 on April 3, 2003. They haven’t been above the break-even mark this late in a season since 2001, the last time they made the playoffs.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Davis PIT vs. N. Robertson DET
2-7 Record 12-10
5.51 ERA 4.90
72 K 155
51 BB 66
1.74 WHIP 1.40