Saturday, May 02, 2009

Tigers end slide

Detroit snapped a three-game losing streak this year and eight-game slide against Cleveland dating to last year with a 9-7 win Saturday. The Tigers blew a 5-0 lead, thanks in part to Ryan Raburn misplaying a bases-loaded flyball, but rallied in the eighth from a 7-6 deficit thanks to Curtis Granderson's eighth dinger of the campaign.

Adam Everett hit a grand slam for Detroit. It was his second career salami and first since 2003.

Joel Zumaya got the win for the Tigers. It was Zoom-Zoom's first victory since Sept. 15, 2007. He's pitched 4.2 scoreless innings since his return this season.

Detroit can take the 3-game series vs. the Indians on Sunday when Justin Verlander faces Cliff Lee. The Tigs won 1 series vs. Cleveland in 2008. (They split 3.)

Verlander is 4-10 with a 6.70 ERA in 15 starts against the Indians. He was 1-5 last season.

Tigers backup catcher Matt Treanor had hip surgery and is likely done for the year. This very well is the end of the Treanor Era in Motown.

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