CLEVELAND (AP)—The Detroit Tigers found yet another way to lose: in record time.
The 2-hour, 4-minute game was the fastest in the history of Jacobs Field, which opened in 1994.
“A quick game,” said Tigers first-year manager Alan Trammell. “And another loss.”
Anderson (8-7), who may be dealt to a playoff contender before the July 31 trading deadline, allowed one run and five hits. The left-hander is 4-0 in five career starts against the Tigers.
Cleveland, which has won six straight over Detroit, raised its record to 50-18 against the Tigers at the Jake.
Detroit has lost six in a row since the break. The Tigers are on pace to lose 119 games.
“Here we go again,” Trammell said, rolling his eyes. “They’re 9-2 against us. When we score one run, it’s not enough. We didn’t put up much of an effort. We only had five hits. When you don’t get anybody on base, you don’t have any chance to score.”
The Tigers have had seven losing streaks this season of six games or more.
The 31-year-old Anderson is the grizzled veteran on an Indians’ starting staff whose other four members average 23.5 years. He had little trouble handling the light-hitting Tigers.
He walked three, struck out four and improved to 6-2 with a 3.30 ERA in his last 11 games—10 starts.
Anderson, who signed a one-year deal with the Indians in December as a free agent, doesn’t think he’ll be changing uniforms before the season’s over.
“I think I’ll stay,” he said. “I haven’t heard anything one way or another. The thing about trades is that someone has got to want you and I haven’t heard that.”
Standing a few feet away, Indians pitcher Jack Cressend overheard Anderson’s comment.
“I want you on my team,” Cressend offered.
“Thanks,” Anderson said.
The Indians had gone 34 innings without a homer before Hafner’s two-run shot in the second inning.
Hafner, in his second stint with Cleveland after being recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on July 11, connected for his fifth homer—and first since May 2—to give the Indians a 2-0 lead.
Milton Bradley walked leading off, and two outs later, Hafner drove a 1-1 pitch from Roney over the wall in right.
Shane Halter’s RBI single pulled the Tigers to 4-1 in the fourth, and Detroit threatened in the fifth by putting two on with one out. But Anderson got Ben Petrick to hit into a fielder’s choice before striking out DmitriYoung.
The Indians have scored exactly four runs in eight of their last 10 games. … Detroit is the first opponent to lose 50 times at the Jake. Minnesota has 42 losses at the ballpark. … The Tigers have scored two runs or less 45 times this season. … Underscoring the two teams’ offensive ineptitude this season, 12 of the 18 starters—six each—began the night with 30 or fewer RBIs. … The recent additions of Ryan Ludwick and Angel Santos give the Indians 13 rookies on their 25-man roster. … Trammell said OF Bobby Higginson will test his injured left hamstring by running the bases at full speed on Thursday. If all goes well, Higginson could come off the 15-day DL Friday. … Cleveland lost a season-high eight straight from April 22-30—the Indians’longest slide since 1990.