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Maroth baffles Indians, improves to 4-0 at Jacobs Field

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Mike Maroth's offspeed pitches quickly slowed
down the Cleveland Indians.

The left-hander's precise pitching helped the Detroit Tigers to
a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night, their third win in 13 games.

"When you win, it usually starts with pitching and Maroth was
great," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.

The Indians, batting .297 and averaging 5.8 runs over their
previous 29 games, lost for only the third time in 11 games.

Maroth (6-9) allowed one run and four hits over 6 2/3 innings to
improve to 2-7 in 10 starts since May 19. He kept hitters off
balance with a variety of slow breaking pitches, getting 13 outs on
groundballs.

"He didn't throw anything straight," Indians manager Eric
Wedge said. "He was on the plate, off the plate and you didn't see
two pitches the same speed."

Maroth, who walked two and struck out four to improve to 4-0
with a 2.65 ERA in five career starts at Jacobs Field, said that
was his game plan.

"You've got to give them different looks," he said. "Whether
you throw 99 mph, or 84 like me, that's what it's all about."

Maroth was happy to see Wedge's lineup card did not include DH
Travis Hafner, who had gone 6-for-10 with three homers and six RBI
in the Indians' doubleheader sweep over the Tigers on Monday.

"That was the first thing I noticed," Maroth said. "He's hot.
The competitive side wants to get a shot at him, but I wasn't too
disappointed."

Hafner pinch hit with two outs in the ninth and walked.

Tigers reliever Franklyn German got one out on one pitch in the
seventh, and Kyle Farnsworth struck out two with two on in the
eighth. Troy Percival allowed Jhonny Peralta's ninth homer in the
ninth but still earned his sixth save.

Trammell shook up his lineup, dropping all-star catcher Ivan
Rodriguez to sixth, DH Dmitri Young to seventh and third baseman
Brandon Inge from leadoff to ninth while putting second baseman
Placido Polanco in the No. 1 spot.

The Tigers responded by getting three hits in a three-run third
off Jake Westbrook (6-10).

Polanco singled, went to third on a double by Carlos Guillen and
scored on a groundout by Chris Shelton. Magglio Ordonez then hit a
1-0 pitch the opposite way into the Detroit bullpen in right for
his second homer and 3-0 lead.

"Guillen and Mags were the difference," Trammell said. "The
homer was huge."

Aaron Boone hit his ninth homer in the bottom half to make it
3-1.

Westbrook allowed three runs and five hits over five innings.
The right-hander, who had won four straight starts since June 14,
walked one and struck out six, but fell to 0-3 with an 18.32 ERA in
three starts this season against the Tigers.

"I made some good pitches that got hit," Westbrook said. "I
didn't have my best stuff and had to battle. They fought off a lot
of pitches and made it tough."

Fernando Cabrera, called up earlier in the day from Triple-A
Buffalo where he had a 6-0 record, three saves and a 0.99 ERA,
struck out four and gave up two hits over three scoreless innings
for Cleveland.

"I was a little nervous," Cabrera said. "But I calmed down
and was able to throw strikes. I'm very happy."

David Riske worked a scoreless ninth. The Indians' bullpen has
not allowed an earned run in 20 innings over eight games.

Game notes
Indians OF Grady Sizemore went 0-for-5 and is in a 4-for-29
(.138) slump. ... Cleveland C Victor Martinez extended his
career-high hitting streak to 16 games. He's hitting .365
(13-for-63) with 14 RBI during the surge. ... Westbrook is 2-5
with a 6.44 ERA in 13 career appearances against Detroit. ...
Maroth has not lost to Cleveland since May 28, 2003. ... Shelton
has 20 RBI in his last 20 games. ... Guillen went 3-for-4 and has
hit safely in 37 of 45 games, going 61-for-176 (.347). ... Hafner
is hitting .402 with 10 homers and 33 RBI over his last 23 games.