DETROIT (AP) -It's been a schizophrenic season for the
homered and drove in three runs and Shin-Soo Choo also went deep to lift the
to their 10th straight win, 9-7 over the
on Wednesday night.
The Indians also lost 10 in a row earlier this season, becoming the first team with such double-digit streaks since Tampa
Bay won and lost 12 in a row in 2004.
''The makeup of the guys in this clubhouse is that they can have a 10-game losing streak and put it all behind them,'' said
Cleveland's team record is 13 consecutive wins, accomplished twice, the last time in 1951.
homered and drove in three runs and
also homered for Detroit, which lost its fourth straight.
''You can't come off a 4-2 road trip and get swept at home. That's not a good thing,'' said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. ''We
are just not playing very good.''
(7-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.
''I thought Fausto got better as the game wore on,'' said Indians manager
. ''He did a very good job of settling down.''
(10-14), who gave up five runs and seven hits in six innings, walking three and striking out eight.
''I felt the best that I have all year tonight. I had good stuff,'' Verlander said. ''It's funny. I had nothing in Kansas
City in my last start and won and tonight I lost.''
Cleveland had high expectations this year. The Indians lost in the ALCS to Boston last year, but got off to a slow start and
was beset by injuries that have kept
out of the lineup. After falling so far back in the AL Central, Cleveland dealt staff ace and Cy Young Award winner C.C. Sabathia
and clubhouse leader
before the trading deadline.
''I'm pleased with the way their guys fought through things ... with all the adversity and trades and things,'' Wedge said.
The Indians had surrendered a two-run lead and trailed 4-3 in the fourth when Shoppach put them ahead for good with his 17th
homer, a two-run shot to left off Verlander. It also scored
, who was hit by a pitch to start the inning.
''The homer to Shoppach was a good pitch,'' said Verlander.
Shoo made it 7-4 in the seventh with a two-run homer, his seventh of the year.
Ordonez kept the Tigers close in the late innings. He had an RBI double in the seventh and a two-run homer, his 16th of the
season, in the ninth.
Cleveland took a 1-0 lead on
's two-out RBI single in the first. It scored Dave Dellucci, who hit a one-out double and moved to third on a groundout.
Granderson tied it by leading off the game for Detroit with his 16th homer. Granderson lined Carmona's 2-2 pitch to the opposite
field in left.
's two-out, two-run single gave the Indians a 3-1 lead in the second. It scored Garko, who led off with a walk, and Shoppach,
who singled. They moved up on a sacrifice.
The Tigers bounced back with three in the second to take a 4-3 lead on run-scoring singles by
Garko and Shoppach added run-scoring singles in the ninth.
Notes: OF Matt Laporta, who was hit in the head with a ball playing for the U.S. Olympic Team, was cleared for baseball activities
and is expected to play Friday for Cleveland's Double-A affiliate in Akron. He was acquired in the trade that sent Sabathia
to Milwaukee. ... Detroit optioned RHP
to Triple-A Toledo and recalled IF
from the same team. ... Leyland said he didn't expect RHP
to pitch again this season. Jones, on the disabled list with a sore shoulder, went home to Pell City, Ala., to continue his
rehabilitation. He is expected to return to the team before the end of the season. ... The Indians pulled within two games
of .500 for the first time since May 21.