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Cleveland slips past Detroit 3-2

8:57 PM, Jul 24, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Travis Hafner's unlikely triple led to the game-winning run in the seventh inning, as the Indians squeezed past the Tigers, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game series between the division foes.

Miguel Cabrera momentarily quieted the Progressive Field crowd by hitting a game-tying two-run homer in the seventh, but Hafner, with the benefit of a generous bounce off the left-field wall, legged out a one-out triple in the bottom half.

A well-executed squeeze bunt by Aaron Cunningham allowed pinch-runner Lou Marson to slide in safely ahead of Doug Fister's low throw, and Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez each threw an inning of relief to close out the tight win.

Cabrera's homer off Joe Smith (6-2) spoiled a winning decision for Ubaldo Jimenez, who scattered seven hits and two walks over six scoreless innings.

Nonetheless, the Indians won for the second straight night on the heels of a four-game slide and snapped the AL Central-leading Tigers' five-game winning streak. Detroit went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine.

Fister (4-7), a winner in his previous three starts, gave up three runs on nine hits over seven innings to take the loss.

 

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