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Tigers beat Indians, take 2 out of 3 in series

Detroit takes 1-game lead in AL Central


Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Mitch Talbot walks back to the dugout as manager Manny Acta (11) and catcher Carlos Santana wait for his relief in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Thursday, June 16, 2011.


DETROIT — Jhonny Peralta and Ryan Raburn hit back-to-back, solo homers in the fourth inning, and the Detroit Tigers went on to beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 Thursday.

The Tigers won twice in the three-game series to move a game ahead of Cleveland in the AL Central. Detroit has won 13 of its last 18 games, while the Indians have lost 16 of 22.

Max Scherzer (9-3) gave up two runs and four hits, walked two and hit two batters over 5 2-3 innings. Al Alburquerque, Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde combined to throw 3 1-3 innings of scoreless relief.

Mitch Talbot (2-4) allowed six runs on nine hits and two walks over four innings. Frank Herrmann pitched three innings and Joe Smith threw one without giving up a run, but Cleveland couldn’t come back offensively.

The Indians got off to good start with two runs in the first inning — with some help from Detroit second baseman Ryan Raburn’s throwing error.

They didn’t get anything done at the plate the rest of the game.

Michael Brantley hit a two-out triple and scored on Raburn’s error. Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a double and scored on Shin-Soo Choo’s triple to put the Indians ahead 2-0.

The Tigers quickly tied the game in bottom half of the first.

Austin Jackson led off with a walk, stole second and scored on Don Kelly’s RBI single. Victor Martinez hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-all.

With two outs, Peralta and Raburn hit homers to put Detroit ahead 4-2.

Miguel Cabrera and Martinez had RBI singles in the fifth to pad the Tigers’ lead.

Notes: Tigers 3B Brandon Inge (mononucleosis) was scheduled to start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Thursday and is expected to be activated June 24 against Arizona. ... The Indians are 2-10 at Comerica Park since the start of last season. ... Asdrubal Cabrera made a highlight-worthy, inning-ending double play in the first, catching a liner and making a behind-the-back toss to second baseman Cord Phelps.

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