Tigers 3, Indians 1

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DETROIT (AP)—Mike Maroth wriggled out of trouble all night.

Maroth pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, and Dmitri Young and Brandon Inge homered to give the Detroit Tigers a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday.

“It seems as if every time I pitch against Cleveland, I get into too many jams,” said Maroth, who is 3-0 against the Indians this season. “They get guys on base and I find a way to get out of it.”

Maroth (11-11) pitched 6 2-3 innings, allowing six hits and striking out three. Cleveland stranded 11 runners.

“He pitched out of three jams tonight,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “This guy should have a lot more wins, but we don’t give him any runs.”

Esteban Yan got four outs for his fifth save.

Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the first on Young’s two-out, two-run homer.

Inge led off the fourth with a homer to make it 3-0. He drilled the first pitch of the inning from Scott Elarton over the fence in left-center.

Elarton (3-5) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out four.

“Really, the first home run was the one that hurt me the most. It was the game-winner,” Elarton said. “I really couldn’t throw a better pitch to Dmitri. It was down and away. Usually he doesn’t hit it that way. I take my hat off to him.”

Craig Monroe went 3-for-4 for Detroit.

Maroth ran into trouble in the fifth when Ryan Ludwick doubled and Jhonny Peralta singled, but the lefty fanned Grady Sizemore and Ronnie Belliard bounced into a force play to end the inning.

“I felt like we were in the ballgame,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. “But we still didn’t execute situationally and nobody stepped up offensively when we needed it.”

The Indians had runners on first and third with one out again in the sixth, thanks to a single by Coco Crisp and a walk to Casey Blake. Maroth escaped again, getting Josh Phelps to bounce into a double play.

Travis Hafner drove in the only Indians run with a pinch-hit single in the eighth.


Tigers SS Carlos Guillen will undergo surgery on his right ACL, which he injured on Sept. 11. … Young has three homers and six RBIs in his last three games. … Blake stretched his hitting streak to seven games (9-for-26).

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