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Jose Valverde Blows First Save

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DETROIT, MI - MAY 12: Jose Valverde #46 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the ninth inning at Comerica Park on May 12, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Valverde gave up the tying run for his first blown save in the Indians 4-3 win over the Tigers. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – MAY 12: Jose Valverde #46 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the ninth inning at Comerica Park on May 12, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Valverde gave up the tying run for his first blown save in the Indians 4-3 win over the Tigers. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Tigers closer Jose Valverde could not hang on the lead as he blew his first save of the season Sunday afternoon against the Indians.

Valverde entered the game in the ninth inning with a one-run advantage. He walked two and permitted a run-scoring single to Michael Brantley to tie the game. The right-hander allowed a run and a hit in an inning of a 4-3 defeat in extras. He walked two and struck out two in 29 pitches.

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