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 Catcher Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers drops the ball as Lou Marson #6 of the Cleveland Indians is safe at home during the seventh inning at Progressive Field on July 24, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Catcher Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers drops the ball as Lou Marson #6 of the Cleveland Indians is safe at home during the seventh inning at Progressive Field on July 24, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Final - 7.24.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Cleveland Indians 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 X 3

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Miguel Cabrera gave; Doug Fister gave it right back, and the Tigers continue to struggle against the Indians no matter where the game is played.

The narrow difference can basically be chalked up to Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez having a slightly better game than his Tigers counterpart. Six innings, no runs, four strikeouts. He allowed seven hits and two walks. Alas, he buckled down with runners on the bases. The Tigers threatened but did not score, going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

It's really amazing how similar his game was to Fister's. The Tigers starter went seven innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and a walk. He also struck out four. But Cleveland had some hard hits, and went 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position, ultimately spinning that into a win.

The results could have been more lopsided in Cleveland's favor. A pair of blunders on the basepaths cost them opportunities.

For Detroit, the game's only runs came on a two-out home run by Miguel Cabrera in the seventh inning. A two-out walk by Quintin Berry set it up. The shot tied the game at 2-2.

However, the Indians untied the knot when Travis Hafner tripled off the left-center wall. The game-winning run came when Cleveland dropped down a bunt for a successful squeeze play.

Austin Jackson and Delmon Young each had a pair of hits for Detroit. In his Tigers' debut, Omar Infante went 1-for-4.

The Tigers are now 1-6 against the Indians for the season. As Rob pointed out in the preview, the Tigers have especially struggled to play in Ohio. Since 2010, Detroit is 5-17 playing there.

Detroit's winning streak couldn't last forever. Time to start a new one.

3 ROARS

Miguel Cabrera - HR No. 24 for the season for No. 24. That's like the golden HR, right?

Phil Coke - Mostly because the new dad stayed awake the whole game.

Austin Jackson - 2 hits. Could have gone with Delmon here, I suppose.

3 HISSES

Doug Fister - I guess. 7 innings, 3 ER usually gets a win though, so I hate to do it.

Alex Avila - 0-for-3 for the day, average in July has fallen to .222, though he's still walking, so that's good

Playing in Cleveland. - Not a comment on Cleveland, only on the Tigers record while there

GAME 96 POG

Miguel Cabrera, who else? He hit HR No. 300 in the game