Tigers 5, Indians 3
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CLEVELAND (WWJ/AP) – Miguel Cabrera hit a solo homer in the sixth inning to pad the lead and the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 on Saturday.
As heard on 97.1 The Ticket – Anibal Sanchez (3-5) threw a solid six and 2/3 innings to help lead the Tigers to their fourth straight victory and keep the heat on the AL Central league leading Chicago White Sox.
The Tigers has had a run disallowed in the fifth inning when it was ruled on appeal that a runner did not touch third base before scoring in a game against the Cleveland Indians.
Quintin Berry hit a ball into the hole at shortstop Saturday, where Asdrubal Cabrera fielded it and threw to third to try and get Alex Avila advancing. But the throw was wild and Avila scored and Berry advanced to second.
Cleveland changed pitchers and, before throwing a pitch, reliever Tony Sipp stepped off the mound and threw to third on an appeal. Third base umpire Wally Bell ordered Berry back to second. The Indians then appealed again and Bell called Avila out, negating the run and making the score 4-0 after it had turned to 5-0 on the scoreboard.
Carlos Santana ruined Sanchez’s no-hit bid with a two-out triple in the seventh, but Cleveland was officially eliminated from the playoffs after falling to 16-45 since the All-Star break. Starter Justin Masterson (11-14) took the loss.
After Cleveland rallied, Jose Valverde, the fourth Tigers pitcher, worked the ninth for his 31st save in 35 chances.
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