DETROIT (AP) -- Even good things turn bad for the Detroit Tigers
Cody Ross, who was called up from Triple-A Toledo on Monday, hit
a grand slam for his first major league home run then needed to be
carted off the field with an apparent serious left knee injury in
the eighth inning Tuesday night, and the Detroit Tigers beat the
Cleveland Indians 8-6.
Ross was injured after stepping on first base in the eighth,
beating out a sacrifice on Cleveland reliever Jack Cressend's
throwing error. Ross was writhing in pain, holding both knees while
Tigers personnel attended to him. He was taken off the field on a
"When it rains, it pours. It's unbelievable," Tigers catcher
Brandon Inge said.
Ross was taken to Henry Ford Hospital for an MRI. The results
won't be known until Wednesday.
"He said, 'I heard it pop," Detroit manager Alan Trammell
said. "I'm hoping for the best."
Dmitri Young hit a tiebreaking homer in the fifth as the Tigers
won their 35th game of the season. Detroit needs to go at least
8-17 the rest of the way to avoid matching the 1962 New York Mets'
record of 120 losses in a season.
The teams combined for six home runs.
Brian Schmack (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief
for his first big league win.
Fernando Rodney struck out four of the six batters he faced for
his first career save.
Jody Gerut put Cleveland ahead 2-0 in the first with a two-run
homer. His line drive just inside the right-field foul pole scored
Coco Crisp, who led off with a single. It was the rookie's 19th
Detroit tied it with two outs in the second. Carlos Pena hit his
16th home run of the season, just inside the right-field foul pole
to make it 2-1. Shane Halter followed with a walk and moved to
second on a wild pitch by Cliff Lee. Inge then looped a single to
right to score Halter.
Ross gave the Tigers a 6-2 lead in the third with his grand
slam. Detroit loaded the bases with two walks -- one intentional --
and two Cleveland errors.
Ben Petrick led off with a walk. Danny Klassen then attempted a
sacrifice. Lee had a play on Petrick at second, but made a bad-hop
throw to shortstop Omar Vizquel for an error. Craig Monroe then hit
a routine double-play grounder to third baseman Casey Blake, who
threw to second baseman Brandon Phillips. But second base umpire
Mark Wegner ruled that Phillips missed touching second and Phillips
was given an error. He made the relay to first for an out.
"I didn't miss the base," Phillips said. "I was on the base
but I had to come off to catch the ball."
Young was intentionally walked and Ross followed with his drive
into the right-field bullpen on an 0-2 pitch.
The Indians tied it 6-all in the fourth on two-run homers by Ben
Broussard and Phillips.
"I was glad I was able to get something to drive and knock
someone in," Broussard said. "It was good that it went out of the
park but we came back and got it tied back up, which I think shows
a lot about our team. We were down four and came right back and put
four up. It seemed like they got us at the end."
Young homered off Chad Durbin (0-1) in the fifth -- his 28th -- to
give the Tigers a 7-6 lead. Pinch-hitter Warren Morris made it 8-6
with a single in the eighth.
The Indians had runners on first and third with none out in the
eighth. But Rodney came in to strike out Phillips and Crisp and get
Vizquel to pop to short after falling behind 3-0 to Phillips.
"That was the key to the ballgame," Trammell said. "To come
in with men on first and third and none out and strike out two and
get a popup."
^Notes:@ Detroit's Bobby Higginson began his two-game suspension
stemming from an Aug. 10 ejection against Minnesota. Higginson
originally decided to appeal the suspension, but later dropped it.
... Gerut has 27 RBI in 16 games against Detroit this season. ...
Ross is the first Tigers player to hit a grand slam for his first
major league homer since Milt Cuyler on May 19,1991. He's the fifth
in the majors this season. The last was Seattle's Willie Bloomquist
on July 13. ... It was Broussard's third home run in two games.