DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers have found a winning formula,
and it sure is a dramatic one.
Dmitri Young's two-run homer in the 11th inning gave Detroit its
season-high fifth straight victory, a 9-7 win over the Cleveland
Indians on Tuesday night -- the Tigers' third straight game-ending
"When it was tied 7-7, I thought about another walk-off home
run," Young said. "I thought, 'It could be me."
Craig Dingman (2-1) pitched a perfect 11th for the win for the
Tigers, who blew a 7-5 lead in the ninth but rebounded for another
"I've never seen anything like this in all my years in the big
leagues," said Rodriguez, who was 3-for-5, and has 48 hits in his
last 101 at-bats. He also raised his major-league leading batting
average to .376.
It's the third time in a week that Jimenez has allowed a two-run
homer in extra innings. Jose Valentin hit one off Jimenez in the
10th inning last Tuesday in an 11-9 loss to the White Sox, and
Larry Walker connected off him in the 10th on Friday night to give
Colorado a 10-8 win.
"I got a good pitch to hit, 3-2," Broussard said. "It was a
fastball. He didn't want to walk another batter."
Munson homered and drove in four runs, and Bobby Higginson also
hit a home run for the Tigers.
With one out in the first, Higginson lined a pitch from Jake
Westbrook into the right-center field stands. Rodriguez followed
with a double off the wall in right and scored on Young's single to
But Munson homered in the Tigers' half after Pena drew a leadoff
walk and Craig Monroe hit a one-out single.
The Indians cut it to 5-4 in the fifth on Vizquel's RBI single,
but Detroit regained its two-run lead in its half when Rodriguez
led off with a triple and scored on a passed ball by Martinez.
Hafner homered off reliever Jamie Walker with one out in the
Munson added an RBI double in the eighth.
"Tonight would have been a good chance for them to give up, and
they didn't," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "Four or five
times, we had to battle back."
Westbrook allowed six runs and nine hits in six innings. He
walked two and struck out eight.
Tigers starter Gary Knotts allowed four runs and eight hits in
"We needed it. It was a very big victory for us," Detroit
manager Alan Trammell said. "It gives us a big lift coming back
from a five-game losing streak with a five-game winning streak."
Cleveland LHP C.C. Sabathia will miss only one start after
injuring his shoulder June 29. He visited Dr. James Andrews on
Monday and all tests were negative. ... The Tigers were without
closer Ugueth Urbina, who attended to a family matter. He's
expected to return Wednesday. ... The Indians promoted OF Mark
Little and RHP Bob Howry from Triple-A Buffalo, and optioned LHP
Cliff Bartosh to Buffalo. They also designated RHP Jack Cressend
for assignment. ... Cleveland's Casey Blake stretched his hitting
streak to 11 games (16-for-44).