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Tigers 5, Indians 3: Detroit finally picks up a win in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 25: Starting pitcher Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 25, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 25: Starting pitcher Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 25, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Final - 7.25.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit Tigers 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 5 8 0
Cleveland Indians 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 5 2
WP: Max Scherzer (10 - 5)
SV: Jose Valverde (19)
LP: Derek Lowe (8 - 9)

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Only a few days ago, the Tigers were in first place in the A.L. Central. Wednesday night, they found themselves back in second, a half-game behind Chicago. To avoid falling a full game out, Detroit had to finally win a game in Cleveland this season.

Max Scherzer threw seven innings of three-hit ball, while Quintin Berry alone had three hits for the Tigers.

Scherzer started the game by throwing 62 pitches through the first three innings. Many of them weren't in the strike zone. A strikeout/throwout double play saved him in the first inning, but he issued three walks through the first three innings. Then he settled in and managed to make it through seven innings, allowing just the two-run home run to Casey Kotchman while striking out eight.

Meanwhile Berry bounced back from a week of futility by hitting safely three times and driving in a pair of runs. He and his friends in the top four spots of the lineup played a part in all five of the Tigers' runs.

The Indians helped Detroit with a bit of Yakety Sax play in the second. Well, not so much the Indians as shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. He made back-to-back throwing errors, attempting to force Omar Infante out both times. That directly led to a run and helped Infante to move an extra 90 feet to third base. Berry drove him in with a single.

The Tigers left 10 on base, but did go 4-for-15 in their opportunities with runners in scoring position. Look on the bright side, at least they're getting on base. Cleveland stranded five, going 0-for-5 with RISP.

The Tigers will be aiming for a second victory in Cleveland this season and a series victory on Thursday with Justin Verlander on the mound.

3 ROARS

Quintin Berry - 3 hits, 2 RBI

Max Scherzer - 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 K

Alex Avila - 2 hits, double

3 HISSES

Brennan Boesch -- 0-for-4

Jhonny Peralta -- 0-for-4

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GAME 97 POG

Cabrera, who else?