DETROIT (AP) — Casey Blake homered in the 11th inning Tuesday night to give Cleveland a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers, the Indians’ sixth straight win.
The Tigers had opportunities to win the game in the 10th, but two of their All-Stars came up short with the bases loaded.
Blake hit his 12th homer off Jose Capellan (0-1) with two outs in the 11th to give Cleveland the lead. Capellan was making his debut with the Tigers two days after being acquired from Milwaukee in a trade.
Franklin Gutierrez made a leaping catch of Curtis Granderson’s leadoff liner at the top of the right-field wall in the bottom of the 10th.
The Tigers then loaded the bases on two singles, a wild pitch and an intentional walk. But Tom Mastny (6-2) got Carlos Guillen to pop up and Ivan Rodriguez to ground out.
Joe Borowski was perfect in the bottom of the 11th for his 25th save.
Tribe takes lead
Jhonny Peralta’s sacrifice fly in the first gave Cleveland a 1-0 lead, but Rodriguez tied the game in the bottom half with an RBI single and Sean Casey made it 2-1 with a sacrifice fly.
The Indians went ahead 3-2 in the third on Peralta’s RBI double and a sacrifice fly by Jason Michaels, but Detroit tied the game in the bottom of the inning on Gary Sheffield’s 19th homer.
Detroit made it 4-3 with a two-out rally in the fifth. Placido Polanco and Sheffield singled before Magglio Ordonez became the first batter to receive an unintentional walk from Paul Byrd in more than two months, a span of 77 2/3 innings.
Guillen followed with a bloop single to left, scoring Polanco, but Michaels threw out Sheffield at the plate from left field to end the inning.
Rookie Ben Francisco tied the game 4-4 with a pinch-hit homer in the eighth, his third in 13 career at-bats.
Tigers starter Nate Robertson allowed three runs and six in five innings. Byrd allowed four runs and seven hits in seven innings.
Rodriguez caught the 2,000th game of his career, making him the fifth player in major league history to reach the milestone. Rodriguez received a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd of 40,741 when the game became official after the fifth inning. ... Zach Miner went two innings for the Tigers. He last pitched June 5 before going on the DL with a strained elbow. ... Mastny’s six relief wins lead the AL.