For most of 2011, Cleveland could not beat the Detroit Tigers. Through the first two months of this season, the Indians can't lose to their AL Central rival.
After snapping a lengthy skid at Comerica Park, the Indians look for a fifth consecutive victory over the Tigers on Wednesday night.
Asdrubal Cabrera, Lou Marson and Michael Brantley each had an RBI triple to help Cleveland (29-25) end a seven-game losing streak in Detroit with a 4-2 victory Tuesday. The Indians are 4-0 this season against the Tigers after losing the final 10 meetings last year.
"You've got to make up your mind if you're going to come out swinging or take a beating," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland, whose team is six games behind first-place Chicago in the Central.
Cleveland is 5-23 at Comerica Park since last winning consecutive contests there in the same season Aug. 25-27, 2008. The Indians' latest victory was just their third in 10 games since sweeping the Tigers (25-30) at home May 22-24.
Shin-Soo Choo, who drove in a run Tuesday for the Indians, is 10 for 23 in his last six games in Detroit.
Cleveland's Carlos Santana went 0 for 4 in his first game since coming off the disabled list following a mild concussion. He served as the designated hitter in the series opener but is expected to be back behind the plate Wednesday.
"We have to put him back there," manager Manny Acta told the Indians' official website. "He's our catcher and he needs to catch."
After receiving 6 2-3 solid innings from Ubaldo Jimenez, the Indians hope Jeanmar Gomez (3-4, 4.42 ERA) can avoid a third straight rough outing when he takes the mound Wednesday. Gomez had allowed an unearned run and six hits in 13 1-3 innings over his previous two starts before giving up 11 runs and 16 hits in 10 2-3 frames to lose his last two.
He yielded five runs and a season-high 10 hits in five innings of a 6-3 loss to Kansas City last Wednesday.
"I don't know," Gomez said. "I made quality pitches and they hit them."
The right-hander's two starts at Comerica Park have been even more disastrous. He has allowed 16 runs - 13 earned - and 20 hits in 7 2-3 innings while going 0-2 there.
Trying to help the Tigers avoid a third straight defeat, scheduled starter Max Scherzer (5-3, 5.55) looks to win his fourth straight start both overall and against the Indians.
Scherzer allowed three runs in six-plus innings of a 7-3 win at Boston on Thursday to finish May at 4-0 with a 4.04 ERA in six starts. He's totaled three walks in his last three starts.
"I am more happy about that than anything," Scherzer told the Tigers' official website. "You don't make mistakes like that and give them extra runners."
The right-hander has posted a 3.44 ERA while winning three straight starts versus Cleveland - all at home, the last one against Gomez.
Miguel Cabrera, who had two hits with an RBI on Tuesday, is hitting .447 in his last nine games versus the Indians. He's 3 for 10 with a home run and a double against Gomez, while Delmon Young is 6 for 9 with four extra-base hits in the matchup.
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