Former Indians help Detroit handle Cleveland

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

CLEVELAND -- After rolling to a victory in the first game of their four-game series with division rival Cleveland on Friday, it was business as usual for the Detroit Tigers.
"It's over. We have three more games to play. We've got to come back tomorrow ready to play," said Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez, who had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Tigers to a 7-0 win over the Indians on Friday night.
Martinez and another ex-Indian, Jhonny Peralta, each had two RBI vs. their former team, and starter Rick Porcello pitched seven shutout innings as the Tigers won their fourth game in a row.
Cleveland has lost three straight while falling 2 1/2 games behind the division-leading Tigers.
The Tigers made short work of Justin Masterson, Cleveland's No.1 starter, who was clobbered for six runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.
"Masterson has been terrific for them. His command wasn't as good as we've seen it," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
Masterson has struggled against the Tigers this year and in his career. He is 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in two starts against Detroit this year and 2-8 with a 5.54 in 15 career appearances against the Tigers.
"He didn't have his sharp breaking ball tonight, and when you don't have your 'A' stuff against that lineup, that's (trouble)," Indians manager Terry Francona said.
Porcello held Cleveland to five hits in seven scoreless innings to improve his record to 5-6.
"He worked ahead in the count, threw strike one, and had the extra velocity when he needed it," Francona said.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead against Masterson in the second inning. With runners at first and second and one out, Mike Avila drew a walk to load the bases. Ramon Santiago followed that with a single up the middle, driving in two runs.
Santiago came into the game with a .071 career batting average (1-14) against Masterson.
Detroit made it 3-0 in the third, which began with a double by Andy Dirks into the right-center-field gap. Miguel Cabrera drove in Dirks with a single to center for Cabrera's American League-leading 86th RBI of the year.
Masterson's outing ended in the fifth when he walked two, threw a wild pitch and gave up consecutive two-out RBI hits to Martinez and Peralta. Martinez singled in a run and Peralta doubled in two more to extend the Detroit lead to 6-0.
At the time of his double, Peralta was hitting .059 (1-17) in his career against Masterson, who was hurt in the game by some hitters he has handled in the past.
"My sinker was up and when your sinker is up anyone can hit it, no matter what the numbers are," Masterson said.
There was some irony in Martinez's three-hit night. Two of the three hits came against Masterson. In July 2009, the Indians traded Martinez to Boston for Masterson and two other players.
Martinez has struggled this season, after missing all of last year because of knee surgery. Even with his three-hit night, he is still hitting just .242 for the season. However, he has four three-hit games against the Indians in his career, three of them coming this year.
His third hit Friday night was an RBI single off reliever Joe Martinez in the seventh inning.
"That's the Victor we know. He was patient and hitting line drives all over the park," Leyland said.
The win for Porcello was his first since June 14. He struck out six and walked two. He has walked two or fewer batters in all 17 of his starts this season. He is also 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three starts against the Indians this year.
"I didn't expect him to shutout that lineup. That's an awful good lineup," Leyland said.
NOTES: The Tigers will activate RHP Anibal Sanchez from the disabled list to start Saturday's game. Sanchez has been on the DL since June 16 with a right shoulder strain. ... Before Friday's game, the Tigers recalled INF/OF Matt Tuiasosopo from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo and activated him off the disabled list. Tuiasosopo had been on the DL since June 20 with a strained left intercostal muscle. ... RHP Carlos Carrasco will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus and will start Saturday for the Indians. ... Indians DH Jason Giambi is 10 hits shy of 2,000 for his career.

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