DETROIT (AP) -- Chris Shelton keeps saying he's not a home-run
hitter, even though he leads the major leagues.
"I just put a good swing on it. I can't really tell you why it
went out of the ballpark, but it did," said Shelton. "I wasn't
trying to go up there and hit a home run, I was just trying to hit
Shelton homered over the left-center field fence and into the
Cleveland bullpen against Cliff Lee (1-1) with one out in the
fourth inning. Five of Shelton's homers have been solo shots.
"It wasn't that bad of a pitch," Lee said of the cutter. "It
wasn't exactly where I wanted it. He's seeing the ball good and
making solid contact."
Maroth (2-0) allowed three hits in seven innings, struck out
five and walked two. Maroth's start had been pushed back three days
because of elbow soreness. He said the elbow felt fine but was a
little tender late in the game.
"He just kept the ball down, did a good job, made his
pitches," said Cleveland's Grady Sizemore, who went 0-2 with a
walk against Maroth. "We didn't do a good job making adjustments,
so we helped him out a little bit."
Detroit has taken two of three in the four-game series against
the Indians after winning its first four games under new manager
Jim Leyland and then losing four in a row.
"These are the kind of games you're going to have to win if
you're going to be a good team," Leyland said.
Lee gave up five hits and three walks in 7 1/3 innings, and
struck out six.
"Cliff was outstanding. Cliff was right there with him,"
Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "He gave us every opportunity
to win the ballgame."
"I got the ground ball I was looking for," Maroth said.
Wedge was ejected in the fifth inning by plate umpire Paul
Emmel while Ronnie Belliard was batting. Wedge then went on the
field to argue with Emmel and was restrained by first-base umpire
Bruce Froemming. "I just had an issue with some of the
balls-and-strikes calls," Wedge said. "I didn't think I did much
to get tossed, but he did and that was the end of it. I just felt
like there were a couple of questionable calls." ... The Indians'
Aaron Boone broke an 0-for-16 slide with a double in the fifth,
then singled in the eighth. ... Maroth has seven wins over the
Indians since the start of the 2002 season.