Series: Game 1 of 3

Detroit leads 1-0 (as of 5/20)

Game 1: Monday, May 20
Cleveland 3Final
Detroit 4
Game 2: Tuesday, May 21
Cleveland 1Final
Detroit 5
Game 3: Wednesday, May 22
Cleveland 0Final
Detroit 2

Indians 3

(20-24, 8-14 away)

Tigers 4

(15-27, 11-9 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 20, 2002

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    W: J. Santana (3-0)

    L: R. Rincon (0-2)

    S: J. Walker (1)

    Young, Magee keep Tigers rolling

    DETROIT (AP) -- Chris Truby doesn't understand what all the fuss is about.

    Wendell Magee

    Dmitri Young

    Since Truby was traded from Montreal to Detroit last week, the Tigers have gone on their first four-game winning streak of the season, culminating in Monday night's 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

    So it seems hard for him to believe that when he joined the Tigers, they were 11-27 and on a seven-game losing streak.

    "All I have seen is a pretty good baseball team," he said. "I have no idea how they could have been 11 and whatever it was."

    The Tigers, who swept Texas over the weekend, hadn't won four straight since last Sept. 22-25. Detroit helped itself by turning four double plays for the first time since August, including two started by Truby at third base.

    "It gives you a lot of confidence when you know the defense is playing that well," Tigers starter Nate Cornejo said. "They made some great plays behind us."

    The Indians, who again hurt themselves with a key error, have lost four of five.

    "These are the type of things that have been happening in the last 10 days," Cleveland first baseman Jim Thome said. "You hit a ball, and it goes right at someone. I feel bad for our pitchers, who have been throwing so well."

    Julio Santana (3-0) picked up the win in relief. Jamie Walker got the last out in the eighth, then had to pitch the ninth when Detroit suddenly found itself without a closer.

    Walker finished the game for his first career save.

    "I wasn't sure what was happening, but they told me I had the ninth, too," he said. "This is a great feeling -- you dream about doing things in the majors, and then they happen. This is my first save, so it is special."

    The Tigers had gone into the game knowing that closer Juan Acevedo was unavailable after pitching three days in a row, then had Matt Anderson come up with a sore arm while warming up.

    Anderson, who came off the disabled list Saturday after suffering from shoulder stiffness, had taken part in a pregame octopus-throwing contest, throwing underhand. The Tigers did not think that frolicking contributed to Anderson's problem.

    "We don't know what is wrong -- we are having it looked at right now," said Tigers manager Luis Pujols. "I was ready to put him in, and then I got a phone call that said he had discomfort in the triceps."

    Detroit trailed 3-2 heading into the seventh, but took the lead with a pair of unearned runs off Ricardo Rincon (0-2). With a runner on first and two outs, Dmitri Young hit a double that sent Jacob Cruz to third.

    Randall Simon followed with a grounder to third baseman Travis Fryman, who bobbled the ball for an error as the tying run scored. Mark Wohlers relieved and gave up Magee's second RBI single of the game.

    On Sunday, Thome's error with two outs in the ninth inning gave Kansas City two runs and the Indians lost 5-4.

    "We just aren't getting the job done," said Indians manager Charlie Manuel. "We have chances to win and we just don't take them."

    The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first against Bartolo Colon when Bobby Higginson singled, stole second and came home on Young's ground single up the middle.

    Detroit added another run in the third when Young singled, moved to second on Simon's base hit and scored on Magee's looper to center.

    Ellis Burks homered off Cornejo in the Cleveland fourth.

    The Indians went ahead with a two-out rally in the sixth. Fryman and Russell Branyan singled and Einar Diaz walked to load the bases, and Jolbert Cabrera flared a two-run single down the right-field line.

    Omar Vizquel then walked to reload the bases and chase Cornejo. Santana fell behind Ricky Gutierrez 3-1, but struck him out to end the inning.

    Detroit nearly tied it in the bottom of the sixth, but Ramon Santiago was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch a triple into an inside-the-park homer.

    "I liked that play," Pujols said. "There were two outs and he's got a lot of speed, so why not push things and see what happens."

    Santiago seemed to favor his left shoulder after the play, but Pujols said he was not injured.

    "I'll talk to him about those headfirst slides into home, though," he said. "I don't care for those."

    Game notes

    Colon threw 121 pitches in his six innings. ... The temperature was 45 at gametime, and dropped into the 30s by the final innings. ... Santiago has four extra-base hits -- two doubles and two triples -- in his four-game major league career. ... Santana is tied with Jeff Weaver for the Tigers' lead in wins. ... The Tigers are 7-0 at home in one-run games.

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