Tigers beat Indians 6-4, pad lead in AL Central

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DETROIT (AP) - Prince Fielder hit a bases-clearing double in the second inning and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the Cleveland Indians 6-4 Saturday.

The AL Central-leading Tigers have won the first two games of the series to build a season-high 4½-game lead over the Indians.

Rick Porcello (3-3) gave up two runs - one earned - and three hits while striking out seven over six innings.

Ryan Raburn hit a two-run homer off reliever Luke Putkonen to pull the Indians within two runs in the seventh inning and they had a shot to at least get even in the ninth.

After Phil Coke pitched 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief, Jose Valverde pitched a shaky ninth for his eighth save in 10 opportunities.


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