Tribe can’t overcome first inning

The same mistakes keep haunting the Tribe. An error by first baseman Ben Broussard led to a five-run first inning for the Tigers as they went on to a 9-7 victory over the Indians in the first game of the series. The big first was highlighted by Brandon Inge’s three-run home run off Cliff Lee. The Indians’ starter left after four innings after giving up only one earned run. Seemed dead in the water at that point, the Indians surprisingly made a game of it. Home runs by Broussard and Ramon Vasquez and a couple of RBI doubles by Travis Hafner slowly inched the Tribe back into the game. However, the Tigers scored two in the eighth off Guillermo Mota to pull away for the win. Detroit had just too much firepower on offense and the Tribe couldn’t keep up.

While the Indians were making their brief comeback, reliever Fernando Cabrera did an effective job keeping the game within reach. In his three innings of work, Cabrera only allowed one run and struck out six. Joe Inglett, filling in for an injured Ronnie Belliard, continues to make the most of his rare opportunity in the big leagues. He went 2 for 4 with a run and a RBI and raised his batting average to .324.

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