Carmona victim of another late-inning defeat

Believe it or not, it happened again. Close your eyes Indians fans because this is not pretty. Entering the ninth with a slim one-run lead, Fausto Carmona blew his third save in as many chances as the Tribe fell to the Tigers 4-3 at Comerica Park. The Indians only had four hits in the game but were still able hold a lead going into the ninth thanks to the fantastic outing by Paul Byrd. He allowed only one earned run in over six innings of work and Jason Davis did his job as the bridge to the closer Carmona. After the first batter got on base, Carmona was able to get the first two outs. It’s that 27th out that has proved to be so elusive for the Tribe’s new closer. Ivan Rodriguez came to the plate and, on the first pitch, ended the game with one swing of the bat. Travis Hafner homered for the fourth straight game and Casey Blake also went deep to provide the offensive punch for the Tribe.

As for Carmona’s future as a closer for the Tribe?

“We’re just going to have to take a look at everything and see what the best way to go is,” said Indians’ manager Eric Wedge about Carmona’s immediate future.

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