DETROIT (AP) -The
were on the verge of another frustrating early season loss when
and the struggling
bullpen saved them.
Granderson hit a two-run homer in Detroit's three-run eighth inning and the Tigers beat the Indians 9-7 on Saturday.
Detroit blew a 5-0 lead and trailed 7-6 before its big inning against
(0-1), rallying to end an eight-game losing streak to Cleveland.
''That could have been a disaster,'' said Tigers manager Jim Leyland, whose team had lost three straight overall. ''In the
end, it turned out pretty well.''
led off the eighth with a single and Granderson followed with his eighth homer.
tacked on a sacrifice fly later in the inning.
''We came in with a three-game skid, and it looked like we might make it four,'' Granderson said. ''Now we've got a chance
to win this series, and that's going to be big in this division.''
Betancourt got the final two outs of the seventh, but couldn't get through the next inning.
''That's been a struggle for us,'' manager
said. ''I still have a lot of confidence in
, and I expect him to do the job the next time, but we need someone else to step up and help do the job in the seventh and
eighth innings to get the ball to Kerry (Wood).''
(1-0) picked up the win with 1 2-3 shutout innings of relief, and
finished for his fifth save. Cleveland had runners on the corners with one out in the ninth, but Rodney struck out
to end the game.
''Our bullpen is finally healthy, and we've got some great arms out there,'' Zumaya said. ''That's going to help us win games
hit his second career grand slam in the fourth for the Tigers.
Both starters struggled but ended up with no-decisions. Cleveland's
allowed five runs - as many as in his previous three starts combined - and six hits with five walks in just 3 1-3 innings.
''Aaron was just inconsistent today - one good inning and one bad one,'' Wedge said. ''Unfortunately, we had to go to our
bullpen early, and that made it tougher to get to the end.''
gave up five runs in five innings.
Detroit took the lead on
's bases-loaded walk in the fourth, and Everett followed with a liner just inside the left-field foul pole for his first homer
with the Tigers.
Miner almost got out of his own bases-loaded jam in the fifth, but Raburn slipped and fell while chasing
's fly to deep left. Raburn got up and nearly made a running catch, but the ball hit off his glove for a three-run double.
''It didn't seem wet out there, but maybe I hit the one wet spot - I just know my feet went out from me,'' Raburn said. ''Even
then, I thought I could get to the ball, but it kept going. I thought that was a popup, and it went all the way to the wall.''
walked, Shin Soo-Choo tied it at 5 with a triple past a sliding
Everett started a rally in the sixth. He reached on a nice bunt single, took second on a sacrifice and moved to third on a
singled him in.
The Indians tied it again in the seventh on Martinez's broken-bat RBI double off
. Martinez moved up on a wild pitch. After Choo walked, Zumaya came in and gave up a tiebreaking sacrifice fly to DeRosa,
but that was the end of Cleveland's offense.
''I didn't want to give up that run, but after that, everything went exactly the way I wanted it,'' Zumaya said. ''That's
a good feeling.''
Notes: The Tigers announced C
had surgery Thursday for a bone spur in his hip, a move that is expected to end his season. Treanor has been sidelined since
April 24. ... Everett's previous grand slam came in 2003. ... The Indians made three roster moves after Friday's win, putting
(rotator cuff) on the 15-day disabled list, optioning OF
to Triple-A Columbus and designating INF
for assignment. They recalled INFs