It might have taken the Indians 10 innings, and the grittiest pitching performance of the season by the Tribe, but they went out and beat the Detroit Tigers this afternoon 3-1 in 10 innings. The prevail in this 3 game series on the road to push their lead in the AL Central to 2 1/2 games. Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook, who allowed five hits and two walks in eight innings, has won three of his previous five outings after starting 1-6.
Down 3-0, the Tigers still had a chance to win a series for the first time since mid-July. Marcus Thames hit an RBI double with two outs in the 10th off Joe Borowski, putting a pair of runners in scoring position, but Ivan Rodriguez popped out to end it.
With Seattle and New York playing well in the wild-card race, the Indians and Tigers might be competing for only one spot in the postseason. They’re scheduled to play only one more series, a three-game set Sept. 17-19 in Cleveland.
Grady Sizemore, back in the leadoff spot, had two hits on the day in 5 at-bats.