DETROIT (AP) -- Cody Ross hit a grand slam for his first major
league home run then needed to be carted off the field with an
apparent knee injury in the eighth inning, and the Detroit Tigers
beat the Cleveland Indians 8-6 Tuesday night.
Dmitri Young hit a tiebreaking homer in the fifth as the Tigers
won their 35th game of the season. Detroit needs to need to go at
least 8-17 the rest of the way to avoid matching the 1962 New York
Mets' record of 120 losses in a season.
Ross was injured when he tripped over first base in the eighth,
beating out a sacrifice on Cleveland reliever Jack Cressend's
throwing error. Ross was writhing in pain, holding both knees while
Tigers personnel attended to him. He was taken off the field on a
The teams combined for six home runs.
Brian Schmack (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief
for his first big league win.
Fernando Rodney struck out four of the six batters he faced for
his first career save.
Jody Gerut put Cleveland ahead 2-0 in the first with a two-run
homer. His line drive just inside the right-field foul pole scored
Coco Crisp, who led off with a single. It was the rookie's 19th
Detroit tied it with two outs in the second. Carlos Pena hit his
16th home run of the season, just inside the right-field foul pole
to make it 2-1. Shane Halter followed with a walk and moved to
second on a wild pitch by Cliff Lee. Brandon Inge then looped a
single to right to score Halter.
Ross gave the Tigers a 6-2 lead in the third with his grand
slam. Detroit loaded the bases with two walks -- one intentional --
and two Cleveland errors.
Ben Petrick led off with a walk. Danny Klassen then attempted a
sacrifice. Lee had a play on Petrick at second, but made a bad-hop
throw to shortstop Omar Vizquel for an error. Craig Monroe then hit
a routine double-play grounder to third baseman Casey Blake, who
threw to second baseman Brandon Phillips. Phillips missed touching
second for an error, but made the relay to first for an out. Young
was intentionally walked and Ross followed with his drive into the
right-field bullpen on an 0-2 pitch.
The Indians tied it 6-all in the fourth on two-run homers by Ben
Broussard and Phillips.
Young homered off Chad Durbin (0-1) in the fifth -- his 28th -- to
give the Tigers a 7-6 lead. Pinch-hitter Warren Morris made it 8-6
with a single in the eighth.
The Indians had runners on first and third with none out in the
eighth. But Rodney came in to strike out Phillips and Crisp and get
Vizquel to pop to short after falling behind 3-0 to Phillips.
Detroit's Bobby Higginson began his two-game suspension
stemming from an Aug. 10 ejection against Minnesota. Higginson
originally decided to appeal the suspension, but later dropped it.
... Gerut has 27 RBI in 16 games against Detroit this season. ...
Ross is the first Tigers player to hit a grand slam for his first
major league homer since Milt Cuyler on May 19,1991. He's the fifth
in the majors this season. The last was Seattle's Willie Bloomquist
on July 13. ... It was Broussard's third home run in two games.
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