Indians 4, Tigers 1
DETROIT (AP)—Jason Davis missed his first career shutout by one out Wednesday night.
He wasn’t about to complain.
Davis allowed one run on seven hits in his first career complete game as the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1. Eric Munson drove in the Tigers’ only run with a two-out homer in the ninth.
“I’m not disappointed in the least—how could I be after a game like that?” Davis said. “Munson hit a good pitch, so I just tipped my hat to him and went after the next guy.”
The Indians are now 7-2 against Detroit this season. The Tigers have lost 11 of 12.
“They’ve just been able to execute and get the job done,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “It’s the same old story. One run just isn’t going to get it done for us.”
Cleveland broke open a scoreless game with three runs in the seventh.
With one out, Milton Bradley lined a full-count single to right off Jeremy Bonderman, then stole second. Ben Broussard followed with a long double to right-center and took third when center fielder Alex Sanchez misplayed the ball.
“I threw the ball well until the seventh, and then I let them string three or four hits together and get some runs on the board,” Bonderman said.
Brandon Phillips then hit a sacrifice fly to left to give the Indians a three-run lead.
“That’s the type of inning you love to see,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. “Bonderman was pitching really well, but we hung in there and we finally were able to string a few big hits together and get to him.”
The Indians made it 4-0 in the eighth on Coco Crisp’s RBI triple.
Davis (6-5) did not walk a batter, striking out three in Cleveland’s first complete game of the year.
“That was just a fantastic job by J.D.,” Wedge said. “He was getting ahead of the hitters and getting quick groundball outs. He was still as solid in the ninth inning as he was in the first, so we wanted to let him finish it off.”
Davis appreciated the gesture.
“It gives me a lot of confidence that they left me out there to get the complete game,” he said. “It is nice to get a chance to be your own closer for a change.”
Bonderman (2-10) took the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits. He struck out a career-high eight and did not walk a batter. The rookie ranks second to teammate Adam Bernero for lowest run support among major league starters.
“I can’t worry about that—I just have to do my job no matter what,” Bonderman said. “I have to go out there and pitch well enough to give my team a chance to win.”
Cleveland nearly broke through in the second when Bradley doubled and took third on Broussard’s fly out, but Bonderman struck out Blake and Bard to end the inning.
Crisp, making just his second start in center, made running catches on long drives by Higginson and Kevin Witt in the sixth inning after robbing Higginson with a diving catch in the first.
“There’s a lot of space out there,” Crisp said. “The only time I had any trouble was when I bumped into the scoreboard one time. That didn’t feel toogood.”
A.J. Hinch went 0-for-4 in his Tigers debut after being purchased from Triple-A Toledo earlier in the day. Hinch is expected to replace demoted Brandon Inge as Detroit’s starting catcher. … The first 4 1/2 innings of the game were played in 59 minutes. … Bradley’s double in the second inning extended his on-base streak to 22 games. He has only failed to reach base once in 54 games this season. He also had the first two-steal game of his career. … Bonderman joined teammate Mike Maroth and Mark Buehrle as the only American League pitchers with 10 losses. … Dmitri Young went 0-for-4, snapping hison-base streak at 24 games.