A month after the Indians swept the visiting Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field, the Tigers returned the favor. They capped their weekend sweep of the host Tribe with a 10-4 victory that put an exclamation point on any thought that their demise was eminent.
After taking a 2-0 advantage on a Miguel Cabrera solo home run in the first inning and a RBI single in the third, the Tigers busted open the close game with a seven-run fifth inning en route to their fourth consecutive win.
The Indians first run came in the fifth inning when manager Terry Francona challenged a double play that would have ended the fifth inning. But after a short review, the call was overturned. That put Michael Bourn at first base with a fielder's choice. Two batters later he scored on a Michael Brantley double. The Tigers also had a double play over turned in the ninth inning.
In the bottom of the inning, the Indians rallied for a trio of runs against Tigers right-hander Chad Smith, who was making his major league debut. After registering the the first outs relatively easily, four consecutive hits by George Kottaras, Bourn, Cabrera and Brantley produced three more late, elbeit insignificant, scores.