DETROIT (AP) -
made his best start since joining the
, but had to sweat out the final five outs before he could celebrate his first victory with the club.
After he pitched 7 1-3 effective innings, the bullpen held off the
6-5 on Friday night.
Pavano (1-3), who made his longest start since a shutout win at Seattle on May 17, 2005, left with Cleveland leading 6-1 in
the eighth inning. He was pulled for reliever
after giving up two doubles in the eighth, including
's that gave the Tigers' their first run.
followed with an RBI single that made it 6-2.
later gave up
's fifth homer of the season, a three-run shot that cut the lead to 6-5.
The Indians got out of the inning and
pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save and as many chances.
''They put the ball in play and the guys made great plays behind me,'' said Pavano, who struck out only three batters. ''On
both sides of the diamond, we played pretty well.''
After four injury riddled seasons with the
New York Yankees
, Pavano showed the kind of stuff that made him a 2004 NL all-star with Florida. He had just three strikeouts but just one
Tiger to reach second base in the first seven innings. By that time, the lineup had given him a six-run cushion.
''When you get the runs, it allows you to be a little more aggressive,'' Pavano added.
ended an 0-for-8 skid with an RBI single and solo homer in his first two at-bats. The first hit came during the Indians' four-run
Peralta added his first home run of the season in the third off
(3-1), who lost for the first time this season after lasting just five innings.
Galarraga, who had an 0.68 ERA in his first two starts at Comerica Park, allowed five runs in the first three innings - matching
the total he'd allowed in his first four outings. The right-hander, who led all AL rookies with 13 wins last season, was pulled
after throwing 94 pitches.
''I thought Galarraga looked tentative tonight,'' Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. ''Pavano pretty much controlled us. Nothing
fancy. He just used both sides of the plate.''
drove in runs during the second and
added an RBI single in the seventh off reliever
Peralta's third-inning homer was his 86th with the Indians, moving him ahead of
for sole possession of the club's career record for a shortstop.
''It was nice to see him get that home run out of the way,'' manager
said of Peralta, who was 2-for-31 during the Indians' last nine games.
Notes: The Indians recalled OF
and optioned LHP
to Triple-A Columbus before the game. Dellucci went 4-for-5 with two doubles and scored a run as the designated hitter in
his first game of the season. ...
, the outfielder acquired during last season's trade for CC Sabathia, will join the club before Saturday's game. ... Light
rain showers delayed the start of the game 43 minutes. ... Inge made a sprawling, sliding catch of Shin-Soo Choo's foul ball
near the Tigers' dugout to end the top of the eighth.