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CLEVELAND (AP)—Coco Crisp had a game he’ll remember, and the Detroit Tigers had yet another they want to forget.

Crisp had four hits and scored four runs, and Jody Gerut had four RBIs to lead the Cleveland Indians over the Detroit Tigers 9-7 Wednesday night.

“I know I had games in the minors where I had four hits, but I can’t remember when,” Crisp said. “I know I’ll remember this one, for sure.”

Detroit hit a season-high five homers. The Tigers have not won consecutive road games since June 3-4 at San Diego and must win at least three of their next four to avoid losing 100 games before September.

Gerut hit a two-run homer and a two-run double, and Matt Lawton drove in three runs with three singles.

“It’s great when Coco gets on and sets things up for us,” Lawton said. “He’s my favorite guy to root for because when he gets on with his speed, they throw fastballs to us other guys to hit. I just love that.”

Crisp went 4-for-5—all singles—stole a base, and became the first Cleveland player to score four runs in a game since Roberto Alomar on Sept. 19, 2001.

“The guys behind me just kept knocking me in,” Crisp said. “That’s fun.”

Jack Cressend (2-0) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings, and David Riske worked the ninth for his fourth save.

Detroit rallied from a 6-1 deficit with a five-run fifth inning that included three homers off Terry Mulholland.

“I just got real stupid there with two outs,” Mulholland said. “I wasn’t out of gas at all, I just made bad pitches.”

Brandon Inge hit his seventh homer, Dan Klassen added a two-run shot (his first homer since June 26, 2000) and Dmitri Young tied it with a two-run drive.

“I finally got a pitch from him I could hit,” Young said. “I’ve face him many, many times and gone back to the dugout many, many times.”

Mulholland made his first start since last Sept. 13.—the 40-year-old left-hander had pitched in 39 games in relief this year, but was called upon when scheduled starter Jason Davis developed tendinitis in his right shoulder.

Mulholland allowed six runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings.

“All I had to do is throw low and away with the wind blowing in from right field,” Mulholland said. “But I left pitches up and in and they hit them to left.”

Crisp opened the game with a single and scored on a single by Lawton to give Cleveland a 1-0 lead against Shane Loux, who pitched only two innings. The right-hander left with a strained right shoulder.

“I hurt it on a throw to second,” Loux said. “It felt like something got caught in there. I finished the inning, but they wanted to take me out as a precaution.”

Tigers manager Alan Trammell said Loux will be examined by team doctors.

Craig Monroe tied it at 1 by leading off the second with his 18th homer— giving him six in his last 16 games and eight in August.

Omar Vizquel put Cleveland ahead 2-1 with an RBI double in the third off Wilfredo Ledezma. Gerut then followed with a two-run homer for a 4-1 lead.

Gerut made it 6-1 with a two-run double in the fourth that left fielder Monroe and center fielder Alex Sanchez seemed to have difficulty seeing in the twilight. The ball dropped safely as Monroe made a desperate lunge at it.

“They both said they lost sight of it,” Trammell said. “It happens a lot this time of year. We need the infielders to maybe go out and help a little, point out where it is.”

Cleveland regained the lead 7-6 in the fifth against Chris Spurling (1-3). Lawton lined a single off the right-field wall and scored on Casey Blake’s double.

Crisp sparked a two-run sixth with a two-strike bunt single for his first career four-hit game and a 10-game hitting streak. Ryan Ludwick and Lawton added RBI singles for a 9-6 lead.

Carlos Pena opened the eighth with his 16th homer, making it 9-7.

Notes

Indians 2B Brandon Phillips, recalled from Triple-A Buffalo before the game, went 0-for-1 and scored a run. He got a bruised right wrist when hit by a pitch in the fourth inning and replaced by pinch-hitter Angel Santos in the fifth. … Young extended his hitting streak to 13 games. … Ludwick has 17RBIs in his last 13 games.

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