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Detroit loses 102nd of season

DETROIT (AP) -- Ben Broussard broke out of a slump at just the
right time for the Cleveland Indians.

He hit a tiebreaking home run -- his second of the game -- in the
eighth inning to lead the Indians to a 7-4 victory over the Detroit
Tigers on Monday.

The rookie first baseman was in a 1-for-21 skid coming in.

"I think it was about a month since I hit one before today,"
he said. "At least it seems like a month."

Broussard, who also hit a two-run homer in the fifth, had three
RBI, and Travis Hafner hit a solo shot and tripled for the
Indians. Jody Gerut was 3-for-5 with three RBI, giving him 25 RBI
in 15 games against Detroit.

"I don't think we've done a very good job of pitching to him,"
Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. "I just looked at the numbers.
I would think that our guys would take notice of that and be a
little more careful, but we seem to be throwing fastballs out over
the plate for him and he seems to crush."

The loss was the 102nd for the Tigers, who are trying to avoid
breaking the 1962 New York Mets' modern record of 120 losses.

Jose Santiago (1-1) pitched 2 2-3 innings of hitless relief for
the win. David Riske got three outs for his fifth save in 10
chances.

With the score tied 4-4, Broussard hit a high fly down the
right-field line off Jamie Walker (3-3) that barely cleared the
fence.

"I knew I hit it on a good part of the bat and it was kind of
high," Broussard said. "But I don't really hit a lot of home runs
down the line, I'm more of a gap guy."

Walker talked about the pitch.

"I just made a bad pitch, caught too much of the plate, a
little too high," he said. "In that situation, that's the last
thing you want to do. But I was trying to get ahead 0-1, I just
didn't make the pitch that I wanted."

Gerut's two-run double in the ninth made it 7-4.

Cleveland took a 1-0 lead in the second when Hafner led off with
a triple and came home on Josh Bard's groundout to first.

The Indians had a chance to add to the lead when Brandon
Phillips hit a two-out double, but he was tagged out at the plate
after Coco Crisp's single. Crisp's grounder deflected off a both a
diving Carlos Pena at first and Danny Klassen at second. Klassen
picked up the ball and threw to catcher Brandon Inge and Phillips
was caught halfway between third and home. He was then tagged out
by pitcher Chris Mears at the plate after a rundown.

The Indians made it 3-0 in the third on Broussard's first homer
-- a two-run shot.

Detroit got four in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead on Inge's
two-run homer, and Klassen's two-run double off of Cleveland
starter Jason Stanford.

"Just got the ball up a little bit and couldn't get it back
down," Indians manager Eric Wedge said of Stanford.

Hafner's solo homer with two outs in the sixth tied it at 4.

Game notes
It was Broussard's second multihomer game of his career,
and the season ... Detroit's Carlos Pena is in an 0-for-16 slump.
... Cleveland is 6-1 at Detroit's Comerica Park this season. ...
The Indians activated right-hander Jason Boyd from the disabled
list. He had biceps tendinitis in his right shoulder. ... The
Tigers activated catcher A.J. Hinch from the disabled list and
recalled him from a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Toledo.
He had a left groin strain.