DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Doug Fister pitched a full game despite a rain delay as the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 6-1 on Saturday.
As heard on 97. 1 The Ticket – a 37 minute rain delay did nothing to stop Fister from taking down the first 17 batters in order before giving up his first hit of the game, including striking out six on his way to completing his first game as a Detroit Tiger and the fourth of his career.
Fister’s bid for a perfect game was broken up with two outs in the sixth inning when Ezequiel Carrera tripled over Austin Jackson’s head in center field. Fister (6-7) lost his chance at his first career shutout when Carrera tripled again in the ninth and scored on a groundout.
Ubaldo Jimenez (8-11) allowed six runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings for the Indians, who have lost eight consecutive games. It’s their longest skid since dropping 11 straight in September 2009.
Brennan Boesch and Jhonny Peralta each hit a double and a triple for the Tigers.
It was Fister’s first complete game since July 2 last season, when he was with Seattle.
The right-hander went down in his first start of 2012 with a strain on his left side, and he’s only recently looked sharp on a consistent basis. This was his fifth straight quality start.
Boesch hit an RBI triple in the second and scored on Delmon Young’s sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. Peralta hit a two-run triple in the fourth and scored on Omar Infante’s single.
Infante added a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
The Indians have lost the first two games of the series by a combined 16-3.
The game was delayed for 37 minutes in the second inning when rain began coming down in sheets. For a little while, it was pretty much impossible to see the Detroit skyline beyond right field.
There was more rain possibly on the way, but Fister worked quickly and the game finished with no further delays. He threw 107 pitches and the game took 2 hours, 19 minutes – not counting the stoppage.
Carrera’s first triple sailed over the head of Jackson, who has run down his share of deep fly balls at Comerica Park but couldn’t reach this one.
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