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Redman gets complete game in 45th career start

5/22/2002

DETROIT (AP) -- Mark Redman knew he was about to win for the
first time with the Detroit Tigers.

He just wanted a chance to do it all by himself.

Redman pitched the first complete game of his career as the
Tigers beat Cleveland 5-1 Tuesday night for their first five-game
winning streak in more than a year.

``I really wanted that ninth inning,'' Redman said. ``I'm not
going to lie and say I wasn't feeling some pressure about it -- it
feels good. I'm sure Luis wouldn't have sent me out there if we
didn't have an off-day coming up, but I'm glad he did.''

Redman, traded from Minnesota to Detroit last July 28, threw 121
pitches to win for the first time with the Tigers in 11 starts.

``We had an opportunity to let him finish the game, and he took
it,'' Tigers manager Luis Pujols said. ``I knew he wanted that
first win in Detroit, and now all of that is off his shoulders.''

The Tigers' previous five-game winning string came May 8-12,
2001. Both streaks started with three-game sweeps of Texas.

``I know everyone is trying to find reasons for this winning
streak -- the pitching, the defense, the hitting, but I don't think
it is any one thing,'' said Dmitri Young, who hit his fourth homer
in the last seven games. ``We are just playing total team
baseball.''

The Indians have lost five of six.

``We just aren't getting the job done,'' Indians manager Charlie
Manuel said. ``We had chances tonight and we just didn't take
them.''

Redman (1-5) scattered 10 hits in his 45th start in the majors.
He gave up an unearned run, struck out three and walked three. He
was aided by two double plays.

``I didn't win this game -- the defense did,'' Redman said. ``All
I did was make pitches that the guys could hit into play. They made
some great plays behind me. It takes a lot of pressure off a
pitcher to know he can throw the ball over the plate and let them
hit it.''

Charles Nagy (0-1) took the loss in his first start since Aug.
17, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk in four innings.
Nagy held the Tigers hitless through three innings, but struggled
in the fourth as Detroit scored four times.

Robert Fick led off with a ground single up the middle and after
a fly out, Young homered over the 365-foot sign in right field for
a 2-0 lead. Randall Simon made it 3-0 with a home run to the same
spot.

With two outs, Shane Halter singled and scored on Chris Truby's
triple to the flagpole in left-center.

``I felt good out there,'' Nagy said. ``I just made some bad
pitches in the fourth inning and they hit all of them. Young went
down and got a splitter and Simon and Truby hit balls that I left
over the plate. Suddenly, I'm down 4-0.''

Detroit made it 5-0 in the fifth on Bobby Higginson's sacrifice
fly.

The Indians had two runners on in the second, but Bruce Aven
grounded into a double play. In the third, Redman struck out Jim
Thome with the bases loaded to end the inning.

``That's how things have been going all year,'' said Matt
Lawton. ``I come up with runners on second and third and one out
and pop up. We are getting the chances to score, and we just can't
take them.''

Cleveland got its run in the seventh. With two outs, Ricky
Gutierrez singled, took second on Matt Lawton's single and scored
Ellis Burks hit a grounder to third base that Truby threw away.

Game notes
Halter temporarily regained his starting shortstop job with
Ramon Santiago out with a strained shoulder. ... Truby has started
four double plays in the last two games. Craig Paquette, Truby's
predecessor at third, only started four in 29 games. ... Nagy is
now 18-6 against the Tigers. ... The Indians released OF Brady
Anderson before the game and recalled Craig Magruder from Triple-A
Buffalo. ... Detroit put Matt Anderson (shoulder) on the 15-day
disabled list and sent starter Nate Cornejo to Triple-A Toledo. To
replace them, they recalled infielder Oscar Salazar and pitcher
Adam Bernero. ... Simon drew his first unintentional walk of the
season in his 133rd plate appearance.