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Cleveland nearly blows early lead against Detroit

DETROIT (AP) -- With a six-run lead in the first inning, the
Cleveland Indians probably thought they were on their way to an
easy victory.

It didn't work out that way.

Cleveland closer Bob Wickman retired Ivan Rodriguez with the
tying run on first base to give the Indians a hard-fought 7-6 win
over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

"They came back, and we had some opportunities that we didn't
capitalize on," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "Even the one
run we did add a couple innings later turned out be significant for
us."

Jason Davis (1-0) pitched six innings in his season debut,
giving up five runs -- four earned -- and eight hits. He walked one
and matched a career best with seven strikeouts.

"I didn't have my best stuff, but I made some big pitches,"
Davis said. "The runs in the first were a huge boost for my
confidence."

Three Cleveland relievers finished, with Wickman giving up an
RBI single to Carlos Guillen in the ninth before finishing for his
second save. Before getting Rodriguez, Wickman started to think
about his blown save Wednesday, when he wasted a three-run lead
against the White Sox.

"I'm thinking, 'Here we go again,' just like everyone else,"
he said. "I made a good pitch to Guillen and he got a base hit.
Pudge was up swinging at the first pitch, and I threw a little
two-seamer in on him. Maybe I outsmarted one of the best hitters. I
don't know."

Jeremy Bonderman (1-1) allowed seven runs -- only one after the
first -- on seven hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out
four.

Bonderman showed none of the command he displayed in a dominant
opening day performance against Kansas City. The Indians sent 10
batters to the plate in the first, scoring six times.

"I got behind guys, and when I did get ahead of someone, I left
the ball over the middle of the plate, " Bonderman said. "I just
have to build on the last four or five innings for my next start."

The Indians loaded the bases with none out on two walks and a
single. Victor Martinez struck out, but Aaron Boone lined a two-run
single to left and Broussard followed with a two-run double down
the left-field line.

Casey Blake and Ronnie Belliard added RBI singles later in the
inning, both to left as the Indians took advantage of Rondell
White's poor throwing arm.

"That's just something you have to deal with," Tigers manager
Alan Trammell said. "You try to teach guys like that to hit the
cutoff man, but that's not always easy."

Detroit got on the board with two runs in the second on Craig
Monroe's RBI single and Marcus Thames' sacrifice fly.

Both teams added a run in the third. Cleveland scored when
Broussard tripled and came home on Blake's groundout, and Detroit
on White's RBI single.

The Tigers pulled to 7-5 in the fifth. Dmitri Young hit a
two-out triple to score Guillen, and Young scored when first
baseman Broussard dropped Boone's throw for an error on a grounder
by White.

"After that first inning, Bondo kept us in the game," Young
said. "We've always had a lot of respect for him, and this is why.
He faced adversity and did what he needed to after that."

Game notes
Guillen, who missed the end of last season with a torn ACL,
stole his first base in the fifth inning. ... The Indians have made
at least one error in their first six games. ... Magglio Ordonez
(viral infection) missed his fourth straight game. He hopes to play
in Tuesday's series opener in Minnesota. ... Davis has struck out
seven on four other occasions, most recently on June 25, 2004,
against Colorado.