Bullpen blows another one

With the Tribe bullpen, no lead is safe. They built a 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth but could not hold it as they lost 7-6 Friday night in Detroit. They have no problem getting off to good starts but finishing has been the issue. A three-run first gave the Tribe the early lead. In three of the last four games now, the Indians have scored at least two runs in the first inning. Travis Hafner hit another home run and Andy Marte ended his hitless streak by getting two hits and an RBI. Victor Marinez added three hits and Choo stayed hot, going 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Cliff Lee was cruising until he ran into some trouble in the sixth and seventh. Lee ran into a wall and couldn’t get out of the seventh, but the Tribe still held a 6-4 lead. Then came the always interesting Tribe bullpen. Rafael Betancourt relieved Lee and let up two quick singles to start the eighth. Fernando Cabrera then entered and, after giving up a sac fly, surrendered the game-deciding two-run homer to Craig Monroe.

“I made a mistake and I paid for that,” said Cabrera, after sitting facing his locker with his face in his hands after the game. “I was aggressive with him and I didn’t hit my location.”

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