Tigers split series with Indians, Win finale 10-4

The Tigers, despite a hailstrom that provided an hour delay and being no hit for 7 innings by Indians reliever Jake Westbrook, handed the Indians their 9th loss of the season, defeating the Tribe 10-4 at Jacobs Field. The Tigers had a pair of big innings that provided all of their run scoring, while Nate Robertson had a solid outing on the mound for the Tigers. On the downside, it appears the Tigers have lost another starter, for at least a few days.

RHP Jeff D'Amico started the game against the Tigers, and allowed 4 runs without ever recording an out. Then, hail invaded the Cleveland area and the game saw an hour delay. The Indians then brought on reliever Jake Westbrook, who recorded all 3 outs in the 1st inning as well as the outs for the next 6 innings, all without ever allowing a hit. Unfortunately for the Tribe, as soon as Westbrook left the game, the Tigers had another offensive outbreak to put the game out of reach.

Meanwhile, Tiger starter Nate Robertson had another solid outing, going 6 2/3 innings with 8 strikeouts while allowing 3 Earned Runs. Unfortunately, Robertson's solid performance didn't result in a win for him, as LHP Jamie Walker relieved him and promptly allowed the inherited runner to score (Robertson's third earned run) as well as another run, to allow the Indians to tie it up. Al Levine relieved Walker to take the win, while Ugueth Urbina pitched a scoreless 9th - although a save was out of reach for him at that point.

Offensively for the Tigers, Rondell White was the star, launching the 3-run home run that turned out to be the winning runs. RF Bobby Higginson also had a pair of RBI in the first inning, while Brandon Inge (playing Center replacing the injured Alex Sanchez) had a base-clearing double that scored another 3 runs later on in the 8th inning after White's homer.

With the win, the Tigers improved to 8-5 for the year, splitting the series with Indians. No rest for the Tigers however, as they play again this evening against another division foe, the Minnesota Twins. RHP Jason Johnson is expected to take the mound against RHP Carlos Silva, who received a no-decision when he pitched against the Tigers earlier this season at Comerica Park.

NOTES: OF Bobby Higginson twisted his ankle in the game Monday night, and his status is now up in the air. It appears certain he'll be out at least a couple of days, maybe more. The injury marks the 3rd starter the Tigers have lost since Opening Day, with Dmitri Young on the DL and Alex Sanchez nursing a strained groin. The injury will leave the Tigers with only 2 healthy players on the bench.

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