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Rogers wins third straight start as Tigers drop slumping Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kenny Rogers wasn't thrilled about pitching
with an extra day's rest or that it was raining again.

Rogers, set back a day by a rainout, won his third straight
start, and Craig Monroe and Marcus Thames hit home runs to lead the
Detroit Tigers to a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on
Friday night.

"The hardest thing is getting geared up to pitch and then not
competing and then coming back the next day and do it again," said
Rogers (6-2), who pitched through a drizzle at Jacobs Field one
night after being rained out in Baltimore. "That, without a doubt,
is not something I want to get used to."

Monroe snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-run homer in the seventh
inning off Cliff Lee (2-4). Ivan Rodriguez had an RBI double later
in the inning.

"We're getting big home runs," Tigers manager Jim Leyland
said. "When you hit homers when you're ahead 9-1 or behind 9-1,
that's not so impressive."

Casey Blake homered twice for Cleveland, which lost its fourth
straight.

"We're in one of those stretches right now and have to work our
way out," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "Some guys are trying
to do a bit too much. If they just do what they are capable of
individually, it will work out as a team."

Rogers didn't allow much to the Indians, whose 223 runs lead
baseball. The 41-year-old gave up two runs and eight hits over 6
1-3 innings, striking out four and walking one in beating Cleveland
for the second time this season and improving to 5-0 against
Central Division teams.

"He's been fantastic," Leyland said. "We got him to pitch and
he's pitched."

Todd Jones worked the ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.

Thames hit Lee's first pitch of the second inning 417 feet into
the bleachers in left-center for his fifth homer and a 1-0 lead.

Monroe was 1-for-19 against Lee in his career when he doubled to
open the fifth. Brandon Inge followed with an RBI single to make it
2-0. Blake hit his fifth homer with one out in the bottom half.

Blake's homer came after Eduardo Perez was thrown out by left
fielder Monroe trying to stretch a single off the wall into a
double.

"Some horses don't run well on a wet track," Perez said. "He
played it well and I was out by three or four steps."

The Indians tied it 2-2 in the sixth when Jason Michaels doubled
and scored one out later on Travis Hafner's bloop single to center.
Hafner was caught in a rundown trying for second.

Lee then yielded four hits and three runs in the seventh.

"I let us down," the left-hander said. "It was totally my
fault.

"We scored to tie it and I gave the lead right back. When we
score, it is up to me to keep the momentum on our side."

Blake hit the first pitch from reliever Joel Zumaya in the
seventh over the wall in left to make it 5-3.

With runners on first and second and no outs in the eighth, a
throwing error by second baseman Placido Polanco while trying to
turn a double play allowed Grady Sizemore to score from second and
make it 5-4.

Detroit center fielder Curtis Granderson twice made good plays
to rob Sizemore of extra bases. In the first, Granderson ran down a
drive on the warning track in right center. In the fourth, he made
a diving catch of a slicing line drive by the Indians' leadoff
hitter.

Lee allowed five runs and 11 hits over seven innings. The
left-hander struck out seven without a walk in his third
consecutive loss.

Game notes
Since Jacobs Field opened in 1994, the Tigers lead all
visiting teams with 100 home runs. ... Rogers is 15-14 in 51 career
appearances against Cleveland. ... Lee went 18-5 last season and
didn't get his fourth loss until July 8. ... Blake's two-homer game
was the fourth of his career. He is hitting .459 (17-for-37 with
four homers during a 10-game hitting streak. ... Tigers 1B Chris
Shelton broke a 3-for-18 slide with consecutive singles in the
seventh and eighth innings.