Offense keeps Tigers rolling in 12-5 win

After a rough 3rd inning by Nate Robertson, things weren't looking so great for the Tigers. But Robertson settled down, the offense awoke shortly after, and away the Tigers went, dominating the Indians, earning their 6th straight win, and tying themselves with Cleveland for the 3rd spot in the AL Central, just 5 games behind the division-leading Chicago White Sox.

After three straight wins by walk-off Home Runs, the Tigers decided to go about it the easy way, and just dominated the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.

Nate Robertson started the game, giving the Tigers 6 strong innings (plus one lousy one - the 3rd), and earned the win in the process. Over his 7 innings, he gave up 3 earned runs while striking out 8.

The start was much better than his opposition, Jason Davis. Davis went 5 1/3 innings, allowing 7 runs on 12 hits.

At the plate, the Tigers offense was running on all cylinders. Ivan Rodriguez had 3 hits with 2 RBI. Rodriguez's 3-for-4 night made him 43-for-86 for the month, becoming the first player to hit .500 in a month since Todd Helton in 2000. The three walk-off stars also had big nights, as Dmitri Young and Carlos Pena each had a Home Run, and Eric Munson had 2 hits and an RBI. For the Indians, Lou Merloni was the star, with 2 hits and 2 RBI.

The Tigers, now just 2 games under .500, will try and complete the sweep Thursday afternoon at 1:05pm. Jason Johnson starts for the Tigers, going up against Indians ace C.C. Sabathia.


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