CLEVELAND (AP) -- Jeremy Bonderman wasn't thinking about a
no-hitter -- he just wanted to do a better job against the hottest
lineup in baseball.
Bonderman pitched three-hit ball through eight innings and Chris
Shelton homered to help the Detroit Tigers extend Cleveland's
losing streak to a season-high five games with a 3-0 win over the
Indians on Saturday night.
"I got the ball down, plain and simple," said Bonderman, who
was hit hard by Cleveland for seven runs and eight hits in a home
loss April 15. "I got the ball up at home against them and they
hit me. I kept it down tonight. That's a big thing for me."
Shelton, who hadn't homered in 41 at-bats since April 28, hit
his 11th of the year on a 2-0 pitch from C.C. Sabathia (2-1)
leading off the third inning.
"He got in a favorable count, got the bat through the zone and
hit it out," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "I don't want him
to get caught up in hitting home runs. That got him in a little
The Tigers improved the best road record in baseball to 15-7.
Their last winning road mark was 41-40 in 1993 -- and they are just
359-601 (.374) away from Detroit since.
The Indians' skid is their longest since losing five in a row
"It's a slump where anything that can go wrong will," said
Sabathia, who tied a career high with 10 strikeouts over eight
innings. "But we're a team that learns from our mistakes. It was a
case of Bonderman being really good rather than our offense
Bonderman (4-2) didn't allow a hit until Todd Hollandsworth
doubled to the wall in left-center with two outs in the fifth.
"I'd rather give up a hit early and get it out of the way,"
the 23-year-old said. "When you look at a no-hitter or perfect
game, it's almost impossible to pitch one."
The right-hander walked three and struck out eight as he stymied
a Cleveland lineup that came in leading the majors in runs (223),
hits (389) and hitting (.302).
Bonderman improved to 5-8 with a 6.17 ERA in 16 career games
against Cleveland, snapping a three-game losing streak to the
Indians in which he had yielded 26 hits and 15 runs over 13 innings
for a 10.38 ERA.
"We've had some success against him, but he had a sharp slider
tonight to go with a 90-whatever fastball and was tough," Aaron
Todd Jones gave up a pair of two-out singles in the ninth before
getting Hollandsworth to line out to center field for his ninth
save in 10 tries -- and second in two nights.
Cleveland made three errors, giving them an AL-worst 28 for the
Ivan Rodriguez's RBI double in the eighth made it 3-0.
Peralta's lack of hustle led to the final out of the eighth.
With Boone on second, Peralta tapped a ball that rolled down the
first-base line, inches foul. He stood and watched as first baseman
Shelton allowed it to keep rolling until the ball took a left turn
into fair territory. Shelton picked it up and jogged to the bag to
record the out as fans booed.
"That bothers me as much as anything that has happened this
year," said Wedge, adding that he talked to Peralta about the
"He thought it was going to be foul, but that ball is too close
to assume that."
Sabathia gave up two earned runs, six hits, and issuing one
intentional walk in his third outing since coming off the disabled
list May 2.
Two of the 10 perfect-game pitchers still alive, ex-Indian
RHP Len Barker and current Tigers LHP Kenny Rogers were in the
park. The Indians honored Barker for the 25th anniversary of his
perfecto, which officially is Monday. ... Sabathia fell to 10-5 in
his career against Detroit, including 4-5 at Jacobs Field. ...
Blake is batting .439 (18-for-41) during an 11-game hitting streak,
one short of his career high.