Nate Robertson didn't have his best stuff on Wednesday night against Cleveland. But that didn't stop him from turning in another quality start - and turning the game over to the bullpen with a lead.
Robertson made it 6 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 9 hits and striking out 4.
Jamie Walker then came in, who has arguably been the Tigers most reliable reliever. But reliable he was not, giving up a pair of runs in the 7th inning on a Home Run that gave the Indians a 5-4 lead.
The Indians bullpen would then relieve Scott Elarton and no hit the Tigers over the final 2 innings to win the game for Cleveland - and get Elarton his first win in 18 starts.
As far as offense, the Tigers got Home Runs from both Jason Smith and Carlos Guillen at the top of the order (each had a hit besides their Home Run), but little support from the rest of the group. Dmitri Young drove in Guillen on a sacrifice fly, but that was the only scoring besides the 2 Home Runs.
The Indians star this time around was Casey Blake, who hit a 2-run Home Run that would give the Indians the lead for good. For the game, Blake went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and a run scored. Victor Martinez also went 2-for-4.
The Tigers, now 7 games under .500, have fallen to 10 games out of first place in the division race, and even 4.5 games out of 3rd place. The Tigers will attempt to get back on track with a 4-game set with Chicago at Comerica Park. The opener is Thursday at 7:05pm with Scott Schoeinweis taking on Jason Johnson.
NOTES: Gary Knotts was placed on the Disabled List due to shoulder soreness - Wilfredo Ledezma will take his place in the rotation. The Tigers, trying their hardest to keep the AAA Mudhens together as they push for the playoffs, called up Roberto Novoa from AA Erie to take Ledezma's place in the bullpen.