CLEVELAND -- The Indians fell to the Miami Marlins Sunday afternoon 5-3.
Cleveland fell to 11-12 this season at home, making them the only team in first place with a losing record at home.
The team is 9-6 over their last 15 games at Progressive Field, however, the Tribe is now 8-6 in series finales (4-5 at home) and is now 8-5-1 in 14 series overall, including 3-4-1 at home.
Derek Lowe was charged with just his 2nd loss of the season to snap a 4-game personal winning streak, this despite recording his 6th consecutive quality start (6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R-ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 94 pitches/55 strikes) and was limited to 94 pitches, 2nd-fewest this season, after logging 100-or-more in each of his previous 4 trips to the mound, including a career-high 127 pitches in his complete shutout on Monday at Minnesota.
This was his first home loss of the year, as he has permitted just 5 ER in 32.2 innings over 5 starts at Progressive Field for a 1.38 ERA.
Jose Lopez posted his first multi-hit game of the 2012 season (13 games played) and put Cleveland on the board with a one-out, RBI-single in the 5th inning to score Brantley from 3rd. He also delivered a 2-out double in the 7th to put runners at 2nd and 3rd and had a RBI-Double in the 9th inning to bring Cleveland within 5-2.
He has hit safely in 7 of his 8 games at 9-for-26 (.346) with 5 RBI since having his contract purchased from Triple-A Columbus on May 12 and has also hit safely in 11 of his 13 games overall.