This time around, Gary Knotts deserved better. After being re-inserted into the starting rotation, Knotts has turned in some quality appearances.
Another one of these came on Tuesday night, as Knotts went the necessary 5 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits, including a strikeout.
Knotts left the game with a 5-run lead, but that quickly evaporated when Steve Colyer struggled yet again. Colyer gave up 3 runs in just 2/3 of an inning, opening the door for Cleveland to make a comeback.
After Jamie Walker gave up a pair of unearned runs in the 8th, Esteban Yan came in and closed the door in the 8th, only to give up the go-ahead run in the top of the 9th. Yan would take the loss, falling to 3-5 on the year.
At the plate, the team got big production out of a trio of players. Marcus Thames had a big night at the plate, going 2-for-3 with 3 RBI, including his 8th Home Run of the year. Omar Infante went 3-for-5, driving in a run, scoring a run, and swiping a base. And C Ivan Rodriguez, who has slowed throughout the second half of the season, had a productive game, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.
The Indians likewise had a few players with big games, especially Ben Broussard. Broussard went 2-for-5, including a Home Run, while driving in 5 of Cleveland's 8 runs. Casey Blake and Coco Crisp each chipped in with 2 hits and an RBI as well.
After splitting the first two games of the series, the rubber match will take place on Wednesday night, when the Tigers will face Jake Westbrook. The Tigers will counter with Nate Robertson. First pitch is set for 7:05pm.