CLEVELAND (AP) -- Even when the Detroit Tigers win they look
Alex Sanchez walked into a bizarre double play, but Craig Monroe
and Dmitri Young hit home runs to help the Detroit Tigers win their
second straight game for the first time in six weeks with 5-4
victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.
"Nothing comes easy for the Tigers," manager Alan Trammell
Detroit, which broke an 11-game losing streak Sunday, has 97
losses and is threatening to surpass the 1962 New York Mets' modern
record of 120 in a season.
Nate Cornejo (6-13) snapped his five-game losing skid and gave
the Tigers their first winning streak since they won two in a row
wrapped around the All-Star break.
"We did a lot of damage control in this one," Trammell said.
The Tigers scored four times in the fourth on Young's solo
homer, his 26th, followed by five more hits and an error to take a
But the rally ended when Sanchez walked off the field not
knowing who was out.
"I've never seen that," Trammell said.
With the bases loaded and one out, Bobby Higginson grounded to
third baseman Casey Blake. Sanchez never left second and when Blake
threw to second baseman John McDonald, who touched second base, Dan
Klassen was ruled out advancing from first base on a force play.
Sanchez, however, then started toward the dugout, thinking he was
"I pointed at the lead runner with my left hand and said,
'You're safe,' then I pointed to the runner from first with my
right hand and said, 'You're out," second-base umpire Marty
Foster said. "But Sanchez then left the bag and he was out."
Indians manager Eric Wedge came out to argue and the umpires
ruled that Sanchez was out for abandoning his base.
Crew chief Charlie Reliford explained that Sanchez left the bag
before Ramon Santiago scored from third, negating a possible run.
"We just watched the replay and Marty's calls were right on,"
Sanchez still seemed confused afterward.
"He pointed at both of us," he said. "Maybe I was out, maybe
he was out, so I started walking away. I didn't know what he was
Asked why he never ran on the play, Sanchez said: "I don't
know. I just froze."
Cleveland lost for just the seventh time in 20 games since
August 6 as Cornejo held the Indians to four runs and nine hits
over 7 1-3 innings.
Cornejo had lost five straight starts since winning in Cleveland
on July 24. The Tigers have four wins in his five starts against
Cleveland -- their only victories in 13 games against the Indians
Jamie Walker got five outs for his third save.
Monroe led off the Tigers' second with his 17th homer, hitting a
3-2 pitch from Billy Traber (6-7) into the first row of the
The Indians went ahead 2-1 in bottom of the second. Jody Gerut
was hit by a pitch, took second on a single up the middle by Matt
Lawton and scored on an opposite-field bloop double by Ryan Ludwick
that landed inches fair down the right-field line.
Lawton scored and Ludwick took third on a groundout by Ben
Broussard -- and the Indians then ran themselves out of the inning.
Josh Bard grounded back to Cornejo, who caught Ludwick halfway
down the line from third and tagged him out. Meanwhile, Bard
rounded first and Cornejo threw there for an easy double play.
"Our baserunning has been atrocious at times," Wedge said.
"It is way too late in the season to be doing that. We talked
about it (before the game)."
Broussard doubled in Ludwick, who had singled, to make it 5-4 in
the bottom of the fourth.
Traber allowed four earned runs and nine hits over four
The Indians observed a moment of silence before the game
for Ken Coleman and Bobby Bonds. Coleman, an Indians broadcaster in
the 1950s and 60s, and Bonds, who played in Cleveland in 1979, died
this past weekend. ... John Adams, the fan who bangs his drum in
the bleachers at Jacobs Field, threw out the ceremonial first pitch
on the 30th anniversary of his first game drumming up support for
the team. ... Young is batting .435 (20-for-46) during an 12-game
hitting streak. ... McDonald left after five innings with a stiff