The Tigers scored three runs off Fausto Carmona in the first inning but stopped right there losing 4-3 to the Indians in the first game of a day night doubleheader. Carmona was not sharp today allowing six batters in the first four innings. However, three doubleplays and some strong Indians defense saved him. Most notably, third baseman Andy Marte made a brilliant play on a shot down the line by Miguel Cabrera with two runners on base and nobody out in the third inning. He turned a two run double into a double play and the Tigers were pretty much done offensively after that point.
Justin Verlander also had trouble with control allowing five walks in six innings. His wild pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth inning allowed the tying run to score. It's a ball that Alex Avila could have caught but when your ace allows five walks, you are inviting that sort of thing to happen. Reliever Phil Coke allowed the winning run to score in the seventh on a double by Matt LaPorta, a questionable intentional walk to Shelley Duncan and a single by Trevor Crowe.
It's been two consecutive lackluster performances versus a last place team for the Tigers. Rick Porcello, who really needs to get going in the second half, will pitch game two versus Mitch Talbot.