The Tigers out hit the Indians 12-6 tonight but the Indians won 7-4 on the strength of 4 home runs. Travis Hafner, Franklyn Gutierrez, Victor Martinez and Ryan Garko all went deep on Tigers starter Justin Verlander. JV also did not help himself by walking 3 batters, 2 of which scored on Hafner's blast. The loss put the Tigers 6 1/2 games behind the Indians and 4 1/2 behind the Yankees who crushed the Orioles tonight. It's not looking good.
The Tigers actually led 4-1 after batting around for 3 runs in the 3rd but, like last night, they were shut down for the last 6 innings. Tigers with multiple hits were Ramon Santiago with 3 and Placido Polanco and Gary Sheffield with 2 apiece. They continue to lack in the power department though. After slugging .466 with a homer every 30 at bats in the first 4 months, they are slugging just .428 with a homer every 40 at bats in August and September.
The Indians now lead the season series 11-6 over the Tigers. The Tigers have one more game against the Indians tomorrow afternoon. It will be Nate Robertson versus CC Sabathia.