Cleveland Indians' Michael Bourn, right, scores past Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila on an Asdrubal Cabrera single in the sixth inning tonight in Detroit.
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DETROIT (AP) — Ubaldo Jimenez outpitched Justin Verlander, and Cleveland’s Chris Perez got Miguel Cabrera to hit a game-ending groundout with two on to preserve the Indians’ 7-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.
Verlander (4-3) was erratic early, allowing three runs in the first two innings. He settled a bit after that, but the Indians took a 6-1 lead before Detroit closed the gap with a four-run seventh.
It was 7-5 when Perez allowed an unearned run in the ninth, but with men on first and second, Cabrera hit a weak grounder to third to end it.
It was Perez’s sixth save.
Jimenez (3-2) allowed a run and three hits in six innings, striking out eight with one walk.