Tribe take finale in 10th

Unfortunately, the Tigers couldn't keep their streak going. They battled, even made a comeback in the 9th to tie it up, but in the end it wasn't meant to be, as Jody Gerut once again got the last laugh, on a 10th inning Home Run off Ugueth Urbina that the Tiger offense just couldn't respond to. The Tiger offense had already come back from a deficit twice, and couldn't make it three.

Jason Johnson seemed to have finally settled down, trying to erase his inconsistency that plagued him the first two months of the season. Unfortunately, he took a step back on Thursday, giving up 6 runs over 7 1/3 innings, striking out 4 Cleveland batters.

Cliff Lee wasn't any better, allowing 5 runs over 5 innings. But his bullpen was able to hold off the Tiger offense, while Ugueth Urbina couldn't keep the Tribe off the board in extra innings.

The Tigers top of the order was swinging well, but the rest of the team couldn't carry their part. Omar Infante, Bobby Higginson and Ivan Rodriguez combined for 9 hits, and cleanup hitter Dmitri Young had a grand slam. Unfortunately, the 5 through 9 hitters could only manage one single.

Jody Gerut was obviously the Indians hero, saving a game for the Tribe, to keep them in 3rd place in the AL Central. Matt Lawton also had a Home Run for the Indians.

The Tigers, back in 4th place and at 3 games under .500, now head to Colorado for a 3-game set with the Rockies. Jeremy Bonderman will be the first to deal with the thin air of the Rocky Mountains, as he faces Joe Kennedy. First pitch is set for 8:05pm.


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