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CLEVELAND (AP)—C.C. Sabathia was tripped up by his ankle.

Cleveland’s ace left-hander pitched six innings before leaving with a sprained left ankle as the Indians sent the Detroit Tigers to their ninth shutout loss, 4-0 Wednesday night.

“It’s sore, but I’m all right,” Sabathia said. “I’ll be putting plenty of ice on it and, hopefully, won’t miss any time.”

Shane Spencer drove in two runs for Cleveland, which has won three in a row for the first time this year and has five victories in its last six games.

Detroit lost its seventh straight, its longest slide since opening the season 0-9. The Tigers are a major league-worst 9-35—no other major league team has been blanked more than four times.

“I’m at a loss for words,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “Nobody likes to get shut out. They kind of ticked me off as a player.”

Sabathia (3-2) was working on a three-hitter when he collided with Detroit’s Dmitri Young at first base on the final out of the top of the sixth.

Young, a 6-2, 245-pound designated hitter, hit a grounder to first baseman Ben Broussard. As Sabathia ran over to grab the throw, he crashed into Young, who was called out as he tumbled into foul territory.

“We were both going hard, and he got there late and stepped on my foot,” said Young, whose left ankle was wrapped with ice. “I plan on playing tomorrow, and I hope he doesn’t miss any time.”

Sabathia, listed at 6-foot-7 and 290 pounds, immediately pulled up and after being checked by team trainer Paul Spicuzza, limped off the field.

“I tagged him before he got to the base, then rolled the ankle,” Sabathia said. “I knew I wasn’t coming back for the next inning.”

Sabathia struck out five and walked two, and is 3-0 in seven starts since April 12. was not taken for X-rays.

Rookie Billy Traber and Jason Boyd each pitched an inning. Danys Baez finished the seven-hitter, striking out three batters after allowing a single by Young and double by Craig Monroe in the ninth.

“To not get a run there was really disappointing,” Trammell said.

Cleveland took a 3-0 lead in the third against Jeremy Bonderman (2-7).

Matt Lawton hit a one-out double and scored on a single by Omar Vizquel. Ellis Burks and Milton Bradley then walked, loading the bases. Spencer singled off the glove of third baseman Eric Munson to drive in two runs.

“It felt great to finally drive in a couple runs and get a couple balls to fall in,” said Spencer, who went 2-for-3 to raise his average to .238.

Fine fielding by Monroe in left field got Bonderman out of further trouble. With Bradley running from second, Josh Bard lined a double to that Monroe caught with a dive. Bradley was all the way to home plate and was easily doubled up when Monroe threw to second, ending the inning.

Monroe made an even better play in the fifth, skidding across the warning track to make a diving catch of a foul ball hit into the left-field corner by Vizquel.

Television replays showed Monroe’s left wrist snapped back as he landed on it. Tigers assistant trainer Steve Carter attended to Monroe, who stayed in the game.

“He’ll be sore for a couple of days. We’ll see how it goes,” Trammell said.

Lawton made it 4-0 with an RBI single in the fourth.

Bonderman allowed four runs and six hits over five innings in his thirdconsecutive loss. The 20-year-old rookie walked five and struck out five.


Tigers SS Omar Infante missed his second straight game because of a sore back. … The shutout was the Indians’ first at Jacobs Field since a 7-0 win over the White Sox last May 31. … Sabathia improved to 5-1 in his career against Detroit. … Lawton’s third-inning double was the 200th of his career. … Bradley walked twice to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 31 games. … Tigers RHP Franklyn German retired the first batter he faced in the sixth and has not allowed any of his first batters to reach safely in 12outings.

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