Although he only had four hits in four games against the Indians, it appeared that Cabrera was starting to drive the ball better in the recent series. It seemed as if he was on the verge of getting hot and perhaps today was the start of a big turn around of his disappointing start. He went three for four including a key two run single in the fifth which put the Tigers ahead 4-2. They went on to defeat the first place White Sox 6-4.
Nate Robertson fell behind 2-0 in the third inning but kept the team in the game. In all, he allowed three runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He did leave the bases loaded in the seventh but Freddy Dolsi came in to get the final two outs. Dolsi ran into trouble in the eighth when he allowed three hits and balked in a run but left fielder Brent Clevlen saved him by nailing Carlos Quentin with a perfect throw to the plate after a single by Jim Thome. Todd Jones then pitched a scoreless ninth and is now 11 for 11 in save situations.
Along with his great throw, Clevlen had two hits, one RBI and one run scored. Perhaps fired up by Leyland's announcement that he would be splitting catching duties with Brandon Inge, the slumping Pudge Rodriguez had two hits, a stolen base and threw out two White Sox attempting to steal. Placido Polanco added three hits to the 14 hit attack. It was a nice start to a series which they need to win (probably need a sweep) in order to stay in the race at all.