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Cleveland 9, Detroit 7

8/27/2003

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Coco Crisp had a game he'll remember, and the
Detroit Tigers had yet another they want to forget.

Crisp had four hits and scored four runs, and Jody Gerut had
four RBI to lead the Cleveland Indians over the Detroit Tigers 9-7
Wednesday night.

"I know I had games in the minors where I had four hits, but I
can't remember when," Crisp said. "I know I'll remember this one,
for sure."

Detroit hit a season-high five homers. The Tigers have not won
consecutive road games since June 3-4 at San Diego and must win at
least three of their next four to avoid losing 100 games before
September.

Gerut hit a two-run homer and a two-run double, and Matt Lawton
drove in three runs with three singles.

"It's great when Coco gets on and sets things up for us,"
Lawton said. "He's my favorite guy to root for because when he
gets on with his speed, they throw fastballs to us other guys to
hit. I just love that."

Crisp went 4-for-5 -- all singles -- stole a base, and became the
first Cleveland player to score four runs in a game since Roberto
Alomar on Sept. 19, 2001.

"The guys behind me just kept knocking me in," Crisp said.
"That's fun."

Jack Cressend (2-0) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings, and David
Riske worked the ninth for his fourth save.

Detroit rallied from a 6-1 deficit with a five-run fifth inning
that included three homers off Terry Mulholland.

"I just got real stupid there with two outs," Mulholland said.
"I wasn't out of gas at all, I just made bad pitches."

Brandon Inge hit his seventh homer, Dan Klassen added a two-run
shot (his first homer since June 26, 2000) and Dmitri Young tied it
with a two-run drive.

"I finally got a pitch from him I could hit," Young said.
"I've face him many, many times and gone back to the dugout many,
many times."

Mulholland made his first start since last Sept. 13. -- the
40-year-old left-hander had pitched in 39 games in relief this
year, but was called upon when scheduled starter Jason Davis
developed tendinitis in his right shoulder.

Mulholland allowed six runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings.

"All I had to do is throw low and away with the wind blowing in
from right field," Mulholland said. "But I left pitches up and in
and they hit them to left."

Crisp opened the game with a single and scored on a single by
Lawton to give Cleveland a 1-0 lead against Shane Loux, who pitched
only two innings. The right-hander left with a strained right
shoulder.

"I hurt it on a throw to second," Loux said. "It felt like
something got caught in there. I finished the inning, but they
wanted to take me out as a precaution."

Tigers manager Alan Trammell said Loux will be examined by team
doctors.

Craig Monroe tied it at 1 by leading off the second with his
18th homer -- giving him six in his last 16 games and eight in
August.

Omar Vizquel put Cleveland ahead 2-1 with an RBI double in the
third off Wilfredo Ledezma. Gerut then followed with a two-run
homer for a 4-1 lead.

Gerut made it 6-1 with a two-run double in the fourth that left
fielder Monroe and center fielder Alex Sanchez seemed to have
difficulty seeing in the twilight. The ball dropped safely as
Monroe made a desperate lunge at it.

"They both said they lost sight of it," Trammell said. "It
happens a lot this time of year. We need the infielders to maybe go
out and help a little, point out where it is."

Cleveland regained the lead 7-6 in the fifth against Chris
Spurling (1-3). Lawton lined a single off the right-field wall and
scored on Casey Blake's double.

Crisp sparked a two-run sixth with a two-strike bunt single for
his first career four-hit game and a 10-game hitting streak. Ryan
Ludwick and Lawton added RBI singles for a 9-6 lead.

Carlos Pena opened the eighth with his 16th homer, making it
9-7.

Game notes
Indians 2B Brandon Phillips, recalled from Triple-A Buffalo
before the game, went 0-for-1 and scored a run. He got a bruised
right wrist when hit by a pitch in the fourth inning and replaced
by pinch-hitter Angel Santos in the fifth. ... Young extended his
hitting streak to 13 games. ... Ludwick has 17 RBI in his last 13
games.