Series: Game 3 of 3

Detroit won 3-0

Game 1: Monday, May 20
Cleveland 3Final
Detroit 4
Game 2: Tuesday, May 21
Cleveland 1Final
Detroit 5
Game 3: Wednesday, May 22
Cleveland 0Final
Detroit 2

Indians 0

(20-26, 8-16 away)

Tigers 2

(17-27, 13-9 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 22, 2002

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    W: J. Weaver (4-5)

    L: C. Finley (2-6)

    Weaver's no-hit bid foiled in eighth

    DETROIT (AP) -- Jeff Weaver accepted pats on the back and high-fives from his teammates after pitching a one-hitter, then smacked his hand into his glove with a bit of disappointment, thinking about how close he came.

    Jeff Weaver

    Jeff Weaver fanned 11 in his second complete game this season.

    Weaver took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Cleveland Indians 2-0 Wednesday night for their sixth straight win.

    "No-hitters are hard to come by so when you take one that deep in the game, you're hoping for the best,'' Weaver said.

    Weaver held the Indians hitless until Chris Magruder, making his debut with the Indians, doubled off the right-field wall past a lunging Craig Paquette with two outs in the eighth.

    "It's pretty bittersweet,'' Magruder said.

    Magruder and Weaver were roommates on Team USA in the 1997 Intercontinental Cup and played against each other in college.

    "Hopefully, I won him a spot in center field,'' Weaver joked.

    Paquette, who was starting in the outfield for the first time this year after playing mostly at third base, was not disappointed by his effort on Magruder's hit.

    "I gave it my best shot,'' Paquette said. "It was about two feet from going over the fence, so I was just glad it wasn't a home run.''

    Weaver (4-5) struck out a season-high 11, walked two and hit two batters in his second complete game of the season.

    "I was effectively wild more than anything,'' he said.

    The 25-year-old right-hander had never given up fewer than three hits in a game. When he walked off the field after the eighth inning and following the game, he was given a standing ovation by the crowd of 14,396.

    "It felt awesome,'' Weaver said. "I've got to give them a lot of credit for coming out tonight. I was glad to see quite a crowd even though there was a Red Wings game going on. They were definitely in the game throughout and they definitely got me pumped up in the eighth and ninth innings.''

    Weaver hasn't given up a homer in 71 innings this season for the majors' longest streak to start a season since Heathcliff Slocumb went 72 1/3 innings in 1994.

    A Detroit pitcher hasn't gone that long without yielding a home run since Mark "The Bird'' Fidrych went 66 innings before allowing a home run in 1977.

    Boston's Derek Lowe, the only other AL regular starter who hasn't allowed a homer this season, threw baseball's only no-hitter this season on April 27 against Tampa Bay.

    The last Tigers pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Jack Morris in 1984.

    The Tigers have won six in a row for the first time since Aug. 13-19, 2000, and those six wins mark the longest home winning streak since playing at Tiger Stadium in 1995.

    The Tigers are 17-16 since starting 0-11.

    "Everything is going our way right now,'' Detroit manager Luis Pujols said.

    Detroit took all three games in the series for its first sweep of Cleveland since June 28-30, 1991.

    Cleveland has lost six of seven and is 9-25 since beginning the season 11-1. The Indians have averaged just 2.3 runs over their last seven games.

    "I sit here every day, I cuss, and I rave and I do a little bit of everything,'' Cleveland manager Charlie Manuel said. "You guys may not see it, but I do it.''

    Chuck Finley (2-6) gave up two runs on six hits over eight innings to lose for the fourth time in five outings. He walked five.

    The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first on Dmitri Young's single. They went ahead 2-0 in fifth on Matt Walbeck's sacrifice fly.

    Game notes

    Scott Sanders was the last Tigers pitcher to throw a one-hitter, against Texas on Sept. 9, 1997. ... Weaver struck out a career-high 12 batters July 31, 2000, against Anaheim. ... Weaver hasn't given up a homer since Sept. 18 of last season. ... Weaver and Mark Redman pitched consecutive complete games for the Tigers for the first time since June 25-26, 1999. ... Magruder took Brady Anderson's spot on the roster Tuesday. ... Tigers closer Matt Anderson will miss at least two months with a torn muscle in his right shoulder. ... The Tigers sent INF Oscar Salazar to Triple-A Toledo following the game, and will recall RHP Kris Keller from Toledo on Friday.

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