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CLEVELAND - Jamey Carroll's RBI single in the 13th inning gave Cleveland a 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers and capped an emotional day for the Indians, who traded popular all-star catcher Victor Martinez Friday shortly before the non-waiver deadline.
Carroll sliced his single off rookie Casey Fien (0-1) just inside the first-base bag to score Jhonny Peralta, who opened the 13th with a double. Carroll was mobbed in the infield by his teammates, who a few hours earlier were saying goodbye to Martinez, now a member of the Boston Red Sox.
Toma Ohka (1-4), the Indians' sixth reliever, pitched three scoreless innings for his first win since April 29, 2007, when he was with Toronto.
Peralta and Trevor Crowe had three hits apiece as the Indians won for the seventh time in 10 games.
Carlos Guillen hit a two-run homer for the Tigers, who lead the AL Central by 2 1/2 games.
Cleveland took a 5-3 lead into the ninth and seemed in control, when once again, the Indians' ununreliable bullpen let them down.
This time, the culprit was closer Kerry Wood, who gave up Guillen's homer.
After Placido Polanco singled leading off against Wood, attempting to get his second four-out save this season, Guillen turned on a 3-1 pitch and drove it into the seats in right-center for his second homer. He returned last week after missing 68 games with a shoulder injury.
Guillen's shot cost Indians starter Fausto Carmona his first win since May 14.
The right-hander was sent to the Indians' player development complex in Arizona to work on his mechanics and mental approach. A former 19-game winner, he dodged some early trouble and lasted five innings, allowing two runs and four hits.
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the first off Tigers starter Edwin Jackson and added an RBI double in sixth.
Jackson gave up two runs and eight hits in four innings - his shortest outing of 2009. The right-hander has just one win in his last nine starts.
The Tigers also made a major move before the non-waiver trading deadline. They acquired left-hander Jarrod Washburn from Seattle for the playoff stretch while the Indians made their fifth trade since June 27 by dealing Martinez to the Red Sox for three pitchers.
Carmona was in immediate trouble in the first. The Tigers loaded the bases with one out before Clete Thomas hit a two-run single that brought Indians pitching coach Carl Willis out for a mound visit to calm his right-hander.
Carmona settled down and escaped the inning without any more damage.
NOTES: Fifteen pitchers combined to throw 490 pitches. ... The Indians will induct all-star catcher Sandy Alomar and pitcher Wes Ferrell into their Hall of Fame today. ... Washburn will make his first start for the Tigers next Tuesday against Baltimore. ... Tigers RHP Jeremy Bonderman (shoulder) and LHP Nate Robertson (elbow) threw simulated games yesterday. Both may make minor league rehab appearances next week. ... Indians RHP Jake Westbrook, who underwent Tommy John surgery in June, 2008, will pitch three innings on Tuesday in a minor league game. He should be back in the majors in a few weeks.
METS STAND PAT: Mets general manager Omar Minaya listened to offers and made some proposals to other teams before yesterday's non-waiver trade deadline.
In the end, nothing panned out.
The injury-riddled Mets were the only NL East team that didn't make a trade in the final days before the deadline. Florida traded for Washington first baseman Nick Johnson, Atlanta reacquired first baseman Adam LaRoche from Boston and the last-place Nationals also sent reliever Joe Beimel to Colorado yesterday.
The division-leading Phillies made the biggest move of the week, acquiring reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee from Cleveland.
Minaya said the Mets' deficit in the playoff race and long list of stars that could return this season contributed to their inactivity. New York had won five of six heading into last night's game against Arizona but was 9 1/2 games back of Philadelphia and trailed wild card-leading San Francisco by 6 1/2 games.
"You've got to take into account where you are when you look at the standings and then of course you've got to take into account some of the prospects that they wanted," Minaya said.
New York also is hoping all-star center fielder Carlos Beltran and former closer Billy Wagner could return soon.
Wagner struck out two in a perfect inning for Class A St. Lucie last night in his first rehab appearance after missing the entire season following elbow surgery. Beltran said Wednesday he hopes to return in two to three weeks.
"We feel that we have some people coming back that are tremendous players," manager Jerry Manuel said.
Shortstop Jose Reyes, out since May with a couple of leg injuries, doesn't look like he'll be back anytime soon. He was supposed to run the bases Thursday in Florida but Minaya said that might happen this weekend now.
"He's working hard but he'll have two good days, one bad day as far as how he's feeling," the GM said. "To me, the fact that he's out there running a little bit is encouraging but we've been in this cycle for a while."41.50436 -81.69046