The Tigers avoided a 3-game sweep by the Indians yesterday afternoon, beating Cleveland 7-to-5 at Comerica Park. It was Detroit’s first win in six meetings this season with the Indians. Miguel Cabrera clubbed a two-run homer and Casey Crosby picked up his first major league victory.
Brennan Boesch also broke out a slump for the Tigers. His first inning single put runners on first and third with no outs and ended a 2-for-38 stretch. Detroit went on to score 4 runs in the inning while Boesch later added and RBI double in the fourth.
Crosby gave up three runs in five-and-a-third frames with the rookie lefthander improving to 1-and-1 on the season. The Indians made it interesting after trailing 7-to-1 but Jose Valverde worked a perfect ninth to nail down his 10th save.
The Tigers hit the road now for interleague matchups against the Red and the Cubs, starting tonight with the opener of a 3-game series against National League Central leading Cincinnati.
The Tigers remain six games behind the American League Central leading White Sox, who last night beat Toronto 4-to-3. The Cubs lost 4-to-3 at Milwaukee.