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Bonderman tosses eight strong to beat Tigers

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Jeremy Bonderman and the Detroit Tigers put a
series of postponed games behind them in a big way.

Bonderman pitched eight effective innings, Craig Monroe hit a
two-run homer in a six-run third inning and the Tigers beat
Cleveland 10-3 on Wednesday night.

Detroit, snowed out twice and rained out another time in four
days, had 12 hits in its third straight victory.

"I don't think any of us liked that much time off," said
Bonderman (3-2). "But they put a lot of runs on the board for
me."

The right-hander came in just 2-5 with a 7.35 ERA in 10
appearances against Cleveland, but limited his mistakes to leadoff
homers to Aaron Boone in the third inning and Grady Sizemore in the
sixth.

"I'm a totally different pitcher," said Bonderman, who gave up
three hits and struck out seven while walking one.

"Any time a starter gives up one walk, you're probably in good
shape," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "He was outstanding.
And the offense just snowballed. We haven't played much lately, but
we've been pretty crisp."

The Tigers roughed up Jake Westbrook (0-5) for eight hits and a
career-high nine runs over 2 1-3 innings. The right-hander also
walked two, hit a batter and had a wild pitch in an outing that was
even worse than an 11-1 loss to the Tigers on April 9, when he gave
up eight runs and seven hits in two innings.

"The bottom line is I stunk," Westbrook said.

Last April, Westbrook worked seven perfect innings of relief
against the Tigers. That outing propelled the right-hander into the
starting rotation, a spot on the AL all-star team and a career-best
14-9 record.

"I boosted my confidence against them last year," Westbrook
said. "My confidence isn't quite the same against them this
year."

One out after Westbrook hit Dmitri Young with a pitch in the
second inning, the Tigers got consecutive two-out doubles by Carlos
Pena, Omar Infante and Nook Logan to take a 3-0 lead.

Pena's hit broke a 1-for-26 skid by the first baseman.

Bonderman then struck out the side in the bottom half.

"That's shutting them down," Trammell said. "You always want
to hold a team after scoring."

Bonderman said keeping the momentum is one thing he has learned
is important.

"I went out and attacked the strike zone," he said. "I didn't
want to let my team down after getting the lead."

The Tigers took control in the third, with Young hitting a
two-run single to ignite a six-run outburst. Monroe followed with
his third homer, a 421-foot shot to left for a 7-0 lead. Brandon
Inge capped the inning with a two-run single off reliever Jason
Davis.

Davis, who walked five straight batters before being lifted in
his previous relief outing Sunday in Seattle, extended that streak
to six when he entered and walked Logan in the third.

The right-hander gave up two hits and one earned run over 4 2-3
innings, walking four and striking out three.

Cleveland's Alex Cora hit his first homer of the year in the
ninth off Franklyn German.

Game notes
The start of the game was delayed 9 minutes by rain. ...
Westbrook is 0-2 with a 33.23 ERA in two starts against Detroit
after going 2-0 with a 3.41 ERA against the Tigers in 2004. ...
Young is hitting .625 (10-for-16) with 10 RBI against Westbrook.
... Inge extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He has hit .367
(18-for-49) during the run, and Logan has hit .412 during a 10-game
streak. ... Boone is hitting .138. Four of his nine hits are
homers.