Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians chance to get a sweep in Detroit was null and void Wednesday night, thanks in part to a lackluster display on offense, and a ‘close but not close enough’ outing from Ubaldo Jimenez.
The Indians pitcher got into the 8th inning of a 2-1 Tigers lead, but allowed a walk to Austin Jackson, and then an Andy Dirks triple as the Tigers blew it open in the 8th enroute to a 7-1 win.
Jimenez (9-15) gave up four runs and six hits in 7.1 innings. He was sharp after allowing Miguel Cabrera’s 35th homer of the year, but Detroit tacked on five more runs in the eighth to break it open.
Doug Fister (8-8) allowed a run and four hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked one as the Indians offense did little after they got it to 2-1 on a Michael Brantley RBI single.
Jimenez became the first major leaguer in 2012 to reach 15 losses. It looked like he might pitch his first complete game since coming to Cleveland in a midseason trade last year, but he was pulled in the eighth after Andy Dirks hit an RBI triple.
Dirks scored on a sacrifice fly by Cabrera. Fielder followed with his 24th homer of the season, and Jhonny Peralta made it 7-1 with a two-run double.
While the game was still close, Detroit reliever Joaquin Benoit walked Ezequiel Carrera to start the top of the eighth and fell behind 2-0 to pinch-hitter Casey Kotchman. After a visit from pitching coach Jeff Jones, Benoit got Kotchman to hit a routine fly to center.
Shin-soo Choo then grounded into a double play.
Fister has been on the disabled list twice this season and also missed a start Aug. 25 because of a groin problem. He’s had Cleveland’s number lately, though. In his last seven starts against the Indians, he’s 5-1 with a 1.54 ERA.
The Indians are off Thursday, and will be in Minnesota on Friday to start a series with the Twins.