Tigers beat Indians 6-2, take 2 of 3 to claim 1st
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
DETROIT (AP) -- Jhonny Peralta and Ryan Raburn hit back-to-back, solo homers in the fourth inning, and the Detroit Tigers went on to beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 Thursday.
The Tigers won twice in the three-game series to move a game ahead of Cleveland in the AL Central. Detroit has won 13 of its last 18 games, while the Indians have lost 16 of 22.
Max Scherzer (9-3) gave up two runs and four hits, walked two and hit two batters over 5 2-3 innings. Al Alburquerque, Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde combined to throw 3 1-3 innings of scoreless relief.
Mitch Talbot (2-4) allowed six runs on nine hits and two walks over four innings. Frank Herrmann pitched three innings and Joe Smith threw one without giving up a run, but Cleveland couldn't come back offensively.