Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/21)

Game 1: Monday, September 20
Game 2: Tuesday, September 21
Game 3: Wednesday, September 22

Indians 8

(73-78, 31-43 away)

Tigers 7

(68-82, 35-39 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 21, 2004

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    CLE 002003021 8 12 2
    DET 003220000 7 9 1

    W: B. Howry (3-1)

    L: E. Yan (3-5)

    S: B. Wickman (10)

    Broussard drives in five for Tribe

    DETROIT (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians were getting beaten so badly Tuesday night that manager Eric Wedge took star hitter Travis Hafner out in the sixth inning.

    Unfortunately for the Detroit Tigers, he left Ben Broussard in the game.

    The Indians trailed 7-2 after five innings, but got five late RBI from Broussard before Casey Blake's bloop single broke a ninth-inning tie and led the Indians to an 8-7 victory.

    "Benny had a great night for us -- he has more clutch hits than anyone on the team this year," Wedge said. "These guys have fought and come from behind quite a few times this year. They did a hell of a job coming back this time."

    Coco Crisp led off the ninth with a walk, and took second on a sacrifice bunt. After Victor Martinez flew out, Esteban Yan (3-5) intentionally walked Matt Lawton, but Blake looped a single into shallow right field to give Cleveland the lead.

    "He threw me four splits in that at-bat, and a guy who throws 96 -- it's tough to look for the splitty," Blake said. "I was just trying to see the last one out of his hand, and I just fought it off."

    The Tigers were stunned they wasted their big lead.

    "They just kept coming and coming," said Carlos Pena. "And they did it against our best relievers. Even in the ninth, Yan made a perfect pitch to Blake, breaks his bat, and the ball bloops into right field. It was a tough game to lose."

    Bobby Howry (3-1) got the win in relief, and Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his 10th save.

    Neither starter was involved in the decision. Detroit's Gary Knotts allowed two runs and four hits in five innings, while Francisco Cruceta gave up five runs -- four earned -- in four innings of his major-league debut.

    Cleveland took a 2-0 lead in the third on an RBI single by Grady Sizemore and a sacrifice fly by Crisp, but the Tigers came back with three runs in the bottom half.

    Curtis Granderson led off with a double -- his first career extra-base hit -- and moved to third on Omar Infante's single. Cruceta then hit Brandon Inge to load the bases, and the runners moved up on Martinez's passed ball.

    Ivan Rodriguez then lined a double into the right-field corner, putting Detroit up 3-2.

    The Tigers extended the lead to 5-2 in the fourth. Marcus Thames led off with his eighth homer, and Jason Smith followed with a grounder that eluded second baseman Brandon Phillips for a two-base error. Smith then scored on back-to-back groundouts by Granderson and Infante.

    Detroit made it 7-2 in the fifth on a two-run double by Thames, but Cleveland got back into the game with three runs off Steve Colyer in the sixth.

    With two out, Lawton doubled off the right-center field scoreboard, Blake walked and Broussard hit his 15th homer over the bullpens in right.

    "That was the matchup we wanted with Colyer," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "That's his role, and he needs to be able to do the job. Once they got it to 7-5, it was a ballgame again."

    In the eighth, the trio teamed up to tie the game. Lawton led off with a double off Jamie Walker, and took third when Tigers shortstop Infante tried to throw him out on Blake's grounder. Infante's wild throw allowed Blake to reach second, and Broussard followed with a two-run double to match his career high of five RBI.

    "You love to be in those situations," Broussard said. "That's where I want to be. All the credit goes to the guys who are getting to me in those situations. I couldn't drive anybody in with nobody on base."

    Game notes

    Tigers DH Dmitri Young was ejected in the fifth inning for arguing a check-swing call by third base umpire Bill Hohn. Infante was thrown out by plate umpire Mark Carlson in the ninth for arguing a called third strike. ... Detroit Shock center Ruth Riley attended the game. The defending WNBA champions open the playoffs Friday against New York. ... Cruceta was 10-13 while splitting the season between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. ... Carlos Pena was retired in embarrassing fashion to end the Tigers' 7th. He stole second, sliding in as Phillips leaped for Martinez's high throw. Pena, thinking the ball was in center field, broke for third, and was easily tagged out by Phillips.

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