CLEVELAND (AP) -
doesn't mind filling in as Cleveland's designated hitter every now and then. He just can't figure out what to do when he's
not at the plate.
''I do more running in the clubhouse than I do on the field,'' he said.
Sizemore got to trot around the bases after hitting a three-run homer off
and drove in four runs, helping
win for the first time since May 12 as the Indians beat the
9-4 on Thursday.
After playing all 13 innings in Cleveland's 14-12 loss on Wednesday, Sizemore, the Indians' All-Star center fielder and leadoff
hitter, served as the club's DH for the fourth time this season. The lightened workload was welcomed by Sizemore, who estimated
getting only four hours sleep following the extra-inning marathon.
''I'm getting used to it,'' Sizemore said of the DH role.
Carmona (5-3) looked like the pitcher who won 19 games last season while making his second start after spending two months
on the disabled list with a hip injury. He bounced back with a strong outing after being rocked for nine runs in just 2 1-3
innings when he rejoined the rotation last week.
Using his filthy sinker, Carmona was charged with two runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. The right-hander hadn't won since
shutting out Toronto nearly three months ago, and Carmona got a big assist from reliever
, who got an inning-ending double play in the seventh and struck out the side in the eighth.
''I was more aggressive in the strike zone,'' Carmona said. ''I was more relaxed. I had a different feeling on the mound.''
Sizemore hit his 27th homer in the fifth off Verlander (8-11) and
drove in two runs as the Indians split the four-game series with the Tigers, who dropped six games behind the AL Central-leading
Chicago White Sox
Cleveland won despite making three errors after four miscues cost them in Wednesday's loss.
''The last two games have been really bad,'' manager
said. ''There is no excuse for the way we've played.''
Verlander, one of baseball's hottest pitchers in July, fell to 1-6 with a 9.00 ERA in seven career starts in Cleveland. However,
he was able to rest Detroit's overworked bullpen. The Tigers used six relievers on Wednesday and placed reliever
on the 15-day disabled list before the game.
Carmona took a three-hitter into the seventh and was cruising along when the Indians' defense let him down.
First, right fielder Shin-Soo Choo lost
's routine fly in the sun and let it drop for a double.
singled Renteria to third, and he scored on a wild pitch. Raburn went to third on the play when catcher Fasano missed the
ball as he tried to flip it back to Carmona covering the plate.
's RBI groundout made it 6-4 and chased Carmona. During the pitching change, Choo ran into the dugout to finally put on sunglasses.
Perez relieved and got
to pop a bunt toward first baseman
, who botched the easy play for an error - Cleveland's third miscue and seventh in two games.
singled but Perez got
to hit into a 6-4-3 double play to preserve the two-run lead.
Wedge was upset with Choo's decision to take the field without his sunglasses on a day when a difficult sky turned several
routine fly balls into adventures.
''That just can't happen,'' Wedge said.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland was similarly upset with Verlander, who lost his release point in the fifth.
He hit Fasano with one out and then went to a 3-2 count before walking No. 9 hitter
. Sizemore made Verlander pay by driving his first pitch into Detroit's bullpen to put the Indians up 4-1.
''He's got the No. 9 hitter up and
on deck and he throws him a 3-2 breaking ball,'' Leyland said. ''That's not acceptable. I don't have a problem with the home
run, but what happened before that was not excusable.''
The Tigers got an unearned run in the sixth, when second baseman Cabrera couldn't handle
's sharp grounder.
But Verlander gave that run back and yielded a second one. After the right-hander put two on in the sixth, Leyland came out
for a visit and had barely returned to the dugout when Verlander allowed a two-out RBI single to Fasano, giving Cleveland
a 5-2 lead.
''I missed my location,'' Verlander said. ''I can't get too upset about that. The stuff that happened before that when I hit
a guy and walked a guy is what I'm upset about.''
, recalled from the minors to take Jones' spot, then gave up a single to Cabrera before hitting Sizemore with a bases-loaded
pitch to force in a run.
Notes: Verlander's career 6.51 ERA vs. Cleveland is his highest against any team. ... RHP
, acquired from the
New York Yankees
for All-Star C
, is expected to join the Tigers on Friday in Tampa Bay. ... Indians C
got some well-deserved rest, one night after catching 13 innings and tying a major league record with five extra-base hits.
, Cleveland's Hall of Fame shortstop and player-manager, as the only AL players to do it.