Crisp, Indians out-slug Tigers 10-6

Mike Maroth, Jason Johnson and Nate Robertson have been good. Jeremy Bonderman has as well, save a few bad pitches that have left the ballpark in a hurry. But Gary Knotts hasn't quite been able to follow suit recently, and he continued that streak on Tuesday. Knotts was chased after less than 3 innings by the Indians, and the Tiger offense couldn't make up the difference.

Gary Knotts just wasn't able to stay out of trouble on Tuesday, and he took the loss because of it. Knotts made it just 2 2/3 innings, giving up 7 runs on 7 hits over that stretch.

Danny Patterson, Jeremy Bonderman (after his start on Sunday was cut short) and Jamie Walker each pitched in relief and gave up a run.

C.C. Sabathia meanwhile wasn't too impressive, but was good enough to get the win. Sabathia gave up 5 runs in 6 innings.

The Tigers got big nights from a pair of Outfielders - Bobby Higginson and Rondell White. Higginson went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI, and Rondell White went 2-for-4 with a 3-run Home Run that got the Tigers back to within a run in the 3rd inning. Unfortunately another big inning in the bottom of the 3rd expanded the lead once again.

Coco Crisp was the Indians star, going 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored and 5 RBI, including a Grand Slam, his 7th Home Run of the year. Casey Blake also went 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored.

The rubber match comes up on Wednesday night, with Nate Robertson taking the mound against Scott Elarton at 7:05pm in Cleveland.


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