Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – In a season gone very wrong, the Indians can at least say they won the season series vs the Tigers in dramatic fashion.
Lonnie Chisenhall singled in the winning run in the 9th on the first pitch from Tigers closer Jose Valverde to send the Indians to a 7-6 win.
The victory came as the Tribe scored twice in the 9th trailing 6-5. Jason Kipnis doubled to start the frame, then scored when Carlos Santana tripled.
Valverde then walked two batters intentionally, setting up Chisenhall, who lined a single to right on the first pitch to close out the comeback.
The win gives the Indians a 10-8 season win over the Tigers, and puts the Indians back in fourth place in the division after the loss by the Twins.
Esmail Rogers earned the win for the Indians to push his record to 2-1. Valverde loses the game to fall to 3-3.
Miguel Cabrera gave Detroit a 6-5 lead in the 7th when he hit a three-run homer off Joe Smith to erase an Indians 5-3 lead.
Cabrera went 3-for-5, pushing his average to .330 with the 38 homers and now 123 RBI.
The homer wiped out a two-run lead the Indians had after they trailed after three innings 3-0. They built the lead with small ball, a couple infield hits and some heads up running.
Ubaldo Jimenez started for the Indians, and allowed two runs in the first, and lasted six innings, allowing just two earned runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Rick Porcello started for Detroit, and lasted 4.2 innings, giving up four runs on 8 hits. He walked three Indians and stuck out two.
Detroit, as they did on Saturday, scored a couple in the first to take a quick 2-0 lead off Ubaldo and the Indians.
Singles by Andy Dirks and Miguel Cabrera were followed by a walk with two outs to Delmon Young. Brennan Boesch hit a dribbler in front of the mound, and Jimenez bounced it to first.
The single and error plated two runs to give the Tigers the early lead. Detroit put up another run, as Young singled to shallow right to score Cabrera.
The Indians rallied, scoring two in the fourth to draw it to a 3-2 game. A Russ Canzler single and Jack Hannahan double put Indians at second and third with one out.
Shin-Soo Choo then singled to shallow left, scoring both Canzler and Hannahan to make it a one-run game.
The Indians took the lead in the fifth with two more runs. They put two on with a single and error, then scored the tying run on an infield single by Canzler.
They got the lead on a fielder’s choice by Lonnie Chisenhall, which scored Michael Brantley. Tigers manager Jim Leyland got an early shower, finding himself ejected after arguing a close play at first in the inning.
Another infield single put the Indians up 5-3 in the 6th inning, as Carlos Santana drove in his 66th run with a grounder to third he beat out.
Asdrubal Cabrera flew from second home, as Prince Fielder argued the call to put the Indians up by a pair.
The Tigers though wouldn’t go away, and against Joe Smith in the 7th had one big blast, putting them back up for good 6-5.
Omar Infante singled to left, and it was followed by a single by Andy Dirks. It set up Cabrera, who launched his 38th homer of the year which put the Tigers up by a run.
The Indians offense finally got back into it in the 9th, scoring the two runs to send the home crowd home happy.
Tuesday the Indians start a three-game set against the Minnesota Twins. David Huff gets his first start of 2012 against P.J. Walters (2-4, 6.70) for the Twins.