Cleveland rocks Rogers

The Indians may have finally solved the mystery of Kenny Rogers. Dominant earlier in the season against the Tribe, his last two starts against Cleveland haven’t been as sharp by any stretch. On May 28, the Tribe got him for five runs in just over four innings. Tuesday, the lefty couldn’t make it out of the first inning as the Indians went on to a 12-7 victory. The Tribe scored seven in the first frame, highlighted by Jhonny Peralta’s bases clearing double. Rogers didn’t record his first out until Joe Inglett, batting eighth, went down swinging. Things would get interesting, however, as the Tigers would battle back and cut the lead to one as they knocked Paul Byrd out of the game in the fourth. The lead quickly shrank and the game seemed to be falling apart for the Tribe. Then came the savior of the night – the bullpen. Jason Davis, Brian Sikorski, and Fausto Carmona combined to allow three hits the rest of the way and completely shut the door on any more Tiger comebacks.

Grady Sizemore and Jason Michaels set the tone at the top of the Tribe lineup. The two went a combined 6 for 7. Just for kicks, Casey Blake put a capper on the night when he hit a two-run homer the unconventional way in the eighth. Blake hit a ball off the center-field wall and motored all the way around to score an inside-the-park home run.

“Haf (Travis Hafner) told me that any self-respecting power hitter would have stopped at third base,” Blake said with a smile. “I’ll take them any way I can get them. When I came around third, I saw 20 arms waving from the dugout.”

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