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Tigers Rally, But Lose To Indians 7-6

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Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers closes in on a ball hit by Mark Reynolds #12 of the Cleveland Indians for a single in the fifth inning at Comerica Park on May 11, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Reynolds' single drove in Cleveland's Nick Swisher. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers closes in on a ball hit by Mark Reynolds #12 of the Cleveland Indians for a single in the fifth inning at Comerica Park on May 11, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Reynolds’ single drove in Cleveland’s Nick Swisher. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

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By NOAH TRISTER/AP Baseball Writer

DETROIT (AP) – Ubaldo Jimenez outpitched Justin Verlander, and Cleveland’s Chris Perez got Miguel Cabrera to hit a game-ending groundout with two on to preserve the Indians’ 7-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.

Verlander (4-3) was erratic early, allowing three runs in the first two innings. He settled a bit after that, but the Indians took a 6-1 lead before Detroit closed the gap with a four-run seventh.

It was 7-5 when Perez allowed an unearned run in the ninth, but with men on first and second, Cabrera hit a weak grounder to third to end it.

It was Perez’s sixth save.

Jimenez (3-2) allowed a run and three hits in six innings, striking out eight with one walk.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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