Tigers win pitcher’s duel

Chris Shelton hit a solo home run in the fourth and as it turns out, that’s all the Tigers needed to beat the Indians Sunday afternoon, 1-0. The Tribe wasted a stellar performance by Cliff Lee, who went 7 1/3 innings. Indians hitters could not solve Tiger starter Mike Maroth and only mustered up four hits the entire ballgame. They got a few chances with runners in scoring position but were unable to take advantage.

“He just kept the ball down, did a good job, made his pitches,” said Cleveland’s Grady Sizemore, who went 0-2 with a walk against Maroth. “We didn’t do a good job making adjustments, so we helped him out a little bit.”

Maroth is in the Kenny Rogers and Mark Buerhle mold. These soft-tossing lefties always seem to give Tribe hitters trouble. Offensively, the Indians like to be aggressive at the plate and adjusting to these types of pitchers has proven challenging for the Tribe.

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