DETROIT(AP) This is exactly what
was hoping for when he had left elbow surgery in June.
Robertson pitched six shutout innings in his second start of the season,
hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th and the
4-3 on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep.
Robertson spent the first part of the year in the bullpen, then missed two months after having surgery to remove fatty deposits
from his elbow. He gave up two runs, one earned, over four innings in his first start against Tampa Bay on Saturday.
''I knew when I had the surgery that everything was going to have to go right for me to even have a chance of pitching again
this season,'' he said. ''But this is exactly what I've had my mind set on doing. I wanted to come back, I wanted to start,
and I wanted to help us win games in the pennant race.''
The Tigers increased their lead in the AL Central to five games over the idle Twins. Catcher
said Wednesday that it was starting to feel like Detroit is in ''the driver's seat,'' but manager Jim Leyland cautioned against
such talk after the Tigers' latest win.
''I don't like comments like that,'' he said. ''There's no reason for them. Our players should feel good about themselves
and what they've done, but there's no need to talk. Just go out there and keep doing it.''
(6-4) pitched 2 1-3 hitless innings to get the win, shutting down the Indians after they pushed across three runs in the eighth
to tie it.
''The way we're swinging the bat, especially at home, I knew it was just a matter of time,'' Miner said. ''I knew that if
I could get a couple innings, we'd be bound to score a run.''
led off the Detroit 10th with a double.
(4-3) then intentionally walked
and issued an unintentional free pass to
. Polanco followed with a fly ball to center and Raburn scored standing up.
''I got banged around pretty well in the celebration, but it's worth it to get a win like this,'' Raburn said.
The Indians dropped to 4-11 against Detroit this season.
''We've played a lot of games against them this year that were one run or tied, but we haven't done a good job of finishing
them off,'' manager
said. ''We always seem to come up a bit short.''
allowed three runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings for Cleveland. He walked five and struck out four.
''My sinker was working really well, and the Tigers' aggressive approach helped me get outs,'' he said. ''I just started to
work too fast, and it hurt me.''
homered on Carmona's third pitch and
added a two-run triple in the seventh. Carmona walked
and Granderson before Thomas' big hit.
Cleveland wasted two nice opportunities against Robertson. With runners on first and second in the third,
bounced into a fielder's choice and
grounded into an inning-ending double play with runners on the corners in the fifth.
''He was a different pitcher than we saw earlier in the year,'' Wedge said of Robertson. ''He pounded the zone and he had
The Indians rallied in the eighth. Cabrera had a two-out RBI single off Fu-Te Ni and Shin-Soo Choo followed with a tying two-run
NOTES: Granderson's drive was his fifth leadoff homer of the season and No. 22 for his career. ... Everett drew a career-high
three walks. ... Ordonez batted twice after entering the game as a pinch hitter, and now has 421 plate appearance on the season.
He needs 36 more in Detroit's final 29 games to trigger his $18 million option for 2010. ... Tigers starter
will miss his scheduled start on Tuesday with a sore left knee.
is expected to replace him, with Washburn returning Sept. 10 against Kansas City.