Series: Game 2 of 3

Detroit leads 1-0 (as of 4/27)

Game 1: Tuesday, April 26
Game 2: Wednesday, April 27
Game 3: Thursday, April 28

Tigers 10

(9-10, 4-5 away)

Indians 3

(8-12, 2-5 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 27, 2005

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    DET 036100000 10 12 0
    CLE 001001001 3 4 0

    W: J. Bonderman (3-2)

    L: J. Westbrook (0-5)

    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.

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