CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ben Broussard cleared his head, then cleared
Broussard's two-out, two-run double sparked a three-run eighth
inning, sending the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 win over the Detroit
Tigers on Wednesday night."I just tried to clear my mind and go up there with a
purpose," said Broussard, who was mired in a 3-for-34 slump in
September. "Thoughts shoot through your head, so the best thing to
do is take a deep breath."Broussard pulled the first pitch he saw from Esteban Yan (2-4)
just inside the first-base bag to put Cleveland ahead 4-3. Ryan
Ludwick followed with an RBI double that was inches fair down the
left-field line to make it 5-3.Broussard came on as a defensive replacement in the seventh for
the Indians, who snapped a three-game losing streak and won for
just the fourth time in 12 games."It says a lot about a young guy who gets so many big hits,"
Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "He probably has more big hits
for us than anybody."Bob Howry (2-1) gave up Ivan Rodriguez's 18th homer in the top
of the eighth, which gave Detroit a 3-2 lead. Bob Wickman worked
the ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances.It was the third homer allowed by Howry in a five-batter span.
The right-hander gave up consecutive one-out homers to Oakland's
Bobby Crosby and Nick Swisher in the eighth inning Saturday that
turned a 4-3 Cleveland lead into a 5-4 loss."Bobby has left a few fastballs up," Wedge said. "He has to
hit his spots."With Tigers closer Ugueth Urbina still in Venezuela, where his
mother was kidnapped Sept. 1, Yan came on in the eighth and blew
his eighth save in 11 chances.Tigers starter Mike Maroth seldom threw a pitch that registered
over 83 mph on the radar gun, but held Cleveland scoreless until
Ronnie Belliard opened the sixth with his 10th homer, 410 feet into
the Indians' bullpen in center.Coco Crisp followed with a single to left and scored from first
on a double by Victor Martinez over the head of center fielder Nook
Logan.Casey Blake then grounded a single to center, but Logan threw
out Martinez at the plate to keep the score tied at 2.Maroth gave up two runs and eight hits in seven innings and is
now 0-4 in five starts since Aug. 17. He walked one and struck out
five.Brandon Inge put Detroit ahead 1-0 against Scott Elarton with a
bloop RBI single in the fourth that extended his hitting streak to
11 games.Carlos Pena hit his 21st homer, a 423-foot shot to right with
two outs in the sixth off David Riske, to make it 2-0.Tigers third baseman Eric Munson didn't play, but was ejected in
the first inning by first-base umpire Jim Reynolds for yelling from
the dugout."I can tell you I didn't use any profanity, I didn't even raise
my voice," Munson said. "I was surprised he heard me."Munson and Detroit manager Alan Trammell both protested that
Reynolds missed a call when Belliard grounded to shortstop Omar
Infante.Pena took Infante's throw at first, and TV replays appeared to
show that he kept his foot on the bag, then pulled it away, and
stepped on the base again before Belliard did."I didn't even have to look at the replay," Trammell said.
"He was out."Elarton gave up one run on three hits over five innings. He
walked three and struck out one.
Pena has hit 14 of his 61 career homers against Cleveland.
... Belliard hit his 47th double in the eighth. He began the day
tied for the major league lead. ... Indians RHP Rafael Betancourt
struck out all three men he faced in the seventh on 13 pitches.