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Recap: Indians 5, Tigers 7
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 1
Venue: Comerica Park
Date: June 07, 2013 7:08 PM EDT
  

DETROIT (AP) - Nick Swisher stepped to the plate as the tying run in the ninth inning and grounded out weakly.

That was the end of a rough game for Cleveland's first baseman.

Swisher went 0 for 4 and made two errors - which led to three unearned runs by Detroit - and the Indians lost to the Tigers 7-5 on Friday night. Detroit now leads Cleveland by 3 1/2 games atop the AL Central.

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``I'm just a little off,' said Swisher, who is hitless in his last 20 at_bats. ``I'm missing pitches that I should drive.'

Victor Martinez homered and had three hits for the Tigers, and Torii Hunter added three hits of his own in the opener of this three-game series. Detroit led 5-0 before Cleveland scored three runs in the fifth off Justin Verlander.

That was all the Indians could manage against the Tigers' ace in losing their fifth straight game. Verlander (8-4) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out six.

``He can multiply the pitches he already has, because he can change speeds and move them around,' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. ``That gives him an awful lot of weapons. We made him work hard, and we got something for it in the fifth, but we just couldn't cash in as much as we needed.'

Detroit's Jose Valverde came on with a four-run lead in the ninth. He allowed solo homers to Jason Giambi and Drew Stubbs but held on. Swisher grounded out with a man on second to end it.

Ubaldo Jimenez (4-4) allowed five runs - three earned - in three-plus innings.

Cleveland lost its ninth straight road game.

Detroit is trying for its third straight division title, and the Indians have emerged as the top early threat from the rest of the AL Central. Jimenez beat Verlander in Detroit on May 11, and Cleveland took two of three in that series.

But the Tigers swept a two-game series in Cleveland later that month, the start of a stretch in which the Indians have lost 13 of 17.

Martinez opened the scoring in the second with a solo homer to right, his fifth of the year. Detroit then managed two more runs without hitting the ball out of the infield.

Jhonny Peralta walked and Brayan Pena grounded into a force play. Then Ramon Santiago hit a groundball to first, and Swisher tried to make a tough throw to second to get the lead runner. The ball got away for an error on Swisher, and Avisail Garcia walked to load the bases.

``I got greedy,' Swisher said. ``I thought we could get the double play, but I should have taken the out at first.'

After Andy Dirks struck out, Hunter hit an RBI single, and Miguel Cabrera walked to force in another run.

``I felt great in the first inning, but it was gone in the second inning and I started trying to do too much to get someone out,' Jimenez said. ``It went the other way in a hurry.'

Garcia doubled to lead off the fourth and scored on a single by Dirks. Hunter singled to chase Jimenez, and Cabrera bounced into a double play, bringing another run home to make it 5-0.

Verlander hasn't allowed fewer than three runs in any of his last six starts, but the damage was limited to the fifth inning Friday. Michael Bourn hit an RBI single, and Jason Kipnis drove in two more runs with a bases-loaded double that Hunter was unable to catch against the wall in right.

``Our guys gave me a cushion,' Verlander said. ``There was that one inning where things didn't really go our way. A couple soft hits that found their way in. But the positive is, you're able to limit the damage, keep us in the lead.'

Cleveland, which is without shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (right quad strain), could get no closer. Swisher made another error in the fifth, which put men on first and third with nobody out. A double play grounder by Pena made it 6-3.

Pena added an RBI single in the seventh.

NOTES: Jimenez allowed seven hits and three walks. He struck out three. ... Detroit's Prince Fielder had his hitting streak snapped at 11 games. ... Hunter was hitless in his last 14 at_bats before starting Friday's game with a double and two singles. ... Cleveland's Justin Masterson (8-4) takes on Detroit's Rick Porcello (2-3) on Saturday.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Indians at Tigers
Fri, Jun 7 Final 5 to 7
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Indians at Tigers
Sat, Jun 8 Final 4 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Indians at Tigers
Sun, Jun 9 Final 1 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CLE  +190   -115   8 
 DET  -210   -105   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CLE  +185   -105   8.5 
 DET  -220   -115   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CLE  24%   11%   67% 
 DET  76%   89%   33% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 May 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 11 Cover: +100 
 CLE 7 Over: 18 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 5 Cover: +100 
 CLE 1 Under: 6 
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 May 12, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 4 Cover: +130 
 DET 3 Under: 7 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 11, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 7 Cover: +220 
 DET 6 Over: 13 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 10, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 4 Over: 14 
 DET 10 Cover: +100 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Friday, Jun 7
 
    Pirates at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Indians at Tigers
7:05 PM EDT
    Rangers at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    Twins at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Angels at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Reds
7:10 PM EDT
    Orioles at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at White Sox
8:10 PM EDT
    Astros at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Brewers
8:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Rockies
8:40 PM EDT
    Giants at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
    Yankees at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Braves at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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