Series: Game 1 of 3

Detroit leads 1-0 (as of 5/26)

Game 1: Monday, May 26
Game 2: Tuesday, May 27
Game 3: Wednesday, May 28

Indians 5

(18-32, 7-18 away)

Tigers 6

(13-36, 4-17 home)

    1:05 PM ET, May 26, 2003

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    CLE 200000300 5 6 0
    DET 23000010 - 6 10 0

    W: S. Avery (2-0)

    L: J. Boyd (0-1)

    S: F. German (2)

    Inge's homer snaps 5-5 tie in seventh inning

    DETROIT (AP) -- Brandon Inge was rewarded for a good swing when it mattered most.

    Brandon Inge

    Inge hit a tiebreaking homer with two outs in the seventh inning, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 Monday for only their fourth victory at home this season.

    Inge hit the ball hard his three previous at-bats -- with nothing to show for it. Cleveland right fielder Jody Gerut robbed him on a sliding catch with the bases loaded and two outs in the first, but Inge sent a drive into the left-field stands in the seventh.

    "I guess that was the only place I could hit it where they couldn't dive and catch it,'' he said.

    Dmitri Young also homered and drove in four runs for the Tigers, who won for the fourth time in five games overall and improved to 4-17 at Comerica Park.

    Steve Avery (2-0) got the win despite giving up a game-tying, three-run homer to Brandon Phillips with two outs in the top of the seventh.

    "I just saw a ball I could drive,'' Phillips said. "Especially when I get into those situations, I'm just trying to look for a ball up and just try to put a good, level swing on it and that's what I did.''

    Detroit starter Jeremy Bonderman allowed only a two-run homer by Milton Bradley in the first, and gave four hits in six innings. The rookie retired his last 10 batters, struck out a career-high seven and walked one.

    Bonderman's slider was particularly effective.

    "He buckled everybody,'' Young said. "That was filthy.''

    Avery took over to start the seventh and retired the first two batters he faced. But he walked Ben Broussard, and Casey Blake's single sent Broussard to third. Phillips tied it at 5 with a three-run shot over the left-field fence.

    "I'm not accustomed to being in that circumstance, trying to protect somebody else's lead,'' Avery said. "I feel bad about it. But the team picked me up.''

    Inge put the Tigers right back in front, connecting on a 2-1 pitch from Jason Boyd (0-1) for his third home run of the season. Inge is hitting only .145 this season with eight RBI.

    "It was a breaking ball he left out over the middle of the plate,'' Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "Brandon got to it.''

    Franklyn German worked a perfect ninth for his second save.

    Jake Westbrook allowed five runs and seven hits in three-plus innings for the Indians. He struck out two and walked two.

    "(The sinker) was a little erratic today and that's my pitch I need to have and it just wasn't there today,'' Westbrook said. "It's tough for me to pitch without that.''

    Cleveland took a 2-0 lead in the first on Bradley's two-out, two-run homer, which followed a walk to Ellis Burks. Bradley drove Bonderman's 1-0 pitch over the right-field wall.

    Detroit tied it in the bottom half on an RBI single by Young and a run-scoring double by Carlos Pena. The Tigers had a chance to add more but Kevin Witt popped out with one out and runners on second and third and, after an intentional walk to Eric Munson, Inge flied to right with the bases loaded to end the inning.

    Young broke the tie in the second when he lined Westbrook's pitch over the fence in left for a three-run homer. Omar Infante, who singled, and Bobby Higginson, who walked, scored ahead of Young.

    The Tigers loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth, but Witt grounded to second to end the inning.

    The Indians' last hit against Bonderman was Burks' double with two outs in the third. But Bradley popped out to end the inning.

    Game notes

    Bradley is 6-for-16 with a home run and seven RBIs in his last four games. ... Higginson has reached base in 24 of his last 28 games and is 35-for-100 during that span. ... Young is 31-for-92 in May, and was walked intentionally twice.

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