Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Detroit won 2-0

Game 1: Tuesday, April 26
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Cleveland0
Game 2: Wednesday, April 27
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Cleveland3
Game 3: Thursday, April 28
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Cleveland2

Tigers 3

(10-10, 5-5 away)

Indians 2

(8-13, 2-6 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 28, 2005

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    W: M. Maroth (2-1)

    L: K. Millwood (0-3)

    S: T. Percival (2)

    Tigers have won 7 of 10

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- The losing streak is behind them and the Detroit Tigers' bullpen problems could soon be in the past, too.

    Mike Maroth made just two bad pitches in six innings and Detroit's trio of relievers made a one-run lead stand up as the Tigers won their fourth straight, 3-2 over the Indians on Thursday night.

    The Tigers have won seven of 10, erasing an early five-game slide that had them wondering if another promising season would end up like so many others.

    "We're 10-10," manager Alan Trammell said. "That's great, but please don't stop. Now I want us to get over .500 and have a little room to play with. I'm enjoying it but I want us to be a lot better."

    Maroth (2-1) gave up solo homers to Casey Blake and Jhonny Peralta in the fifth inning, but the left-hander had few other issues with the majors' worst hitting team. Maroth walked one and tied a career high with eight strikeouts.

    The Tigers scored three runs in the first off Kevin Millwood (0-3), who settled down after the rough start, retiring the final 14. However, he didn't get enough run support -- a recurring theme so far this season for Cleveland.

    Millwood allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings.

    The Indians, who came in batting a combined .227, didn't generate much off Maroth and dropped to 1-7 against lefties.

    "It's frustrating, but you can't get mad," Millwood said. "The guys are trying to score, they're in the cage taking extra batting practice. I know with the offense we have, we'll score some runs sooner or later."

    Maroth's only mistakes were hanging a 3-2 breaking ball to Blake and a 1-0 fastball he grooved to Peralta.

    Cleveland couldn't score against relievers Kyle Farnsworth, Ugueth Urbina or Troy Percival, either. The trio allowed three hits over the final three innings with Percival working the ninth for his second save this season and the 318th overall, tying him with Rick Aguilera for 11th on the career list.

    It was the first time this season that the Farnsworth-Urbina-Percival combination has worked flawlessly. Percival got some help in the ninth when first baseman Carlos Pena scooped a throw in the dirt to nip Blake by a step.

    "He stuck his nose in the middle of a tough play," Percival said. "That's not easy when you've got a 6-foot-2, 200-pound guy running at you at full speed."

    "That's the way Tramm wants it," said Maroth, 4-0 with a 2.38 ERA in his last five starts against Cleveland. "It's not going to be the only time it works that way."

    Meanwhile, the Indians' early season hitting funk got funkier.

    Third baseman Aaron Boone went 0-for-4, struck out three times and left a runner in scoring position three times. Boone, who missed all of last season after undergoing knee surgery, is batting .130 (6-for-69).

    "I felt relaxed, believe it or not to have chances to drive in runs in a one-run game," Boone said. "It's frustrating but you have to keep battling."

    Millwood was unlucky but mostly responsible for the Tigers taking a 3-0 lead in the first.

    Brandon Inge opened with a sinking single to center that skipped past Coco Crisp, who lost his footing as he tried to slow down after charging the ball, for a standup triple. Ivan Rodriguez followed with an RBI single and Millwood walked Carlos Guillen before Rondell White beat out an infield single.

    Dmitri Young's RBI groundout made it 2-0 and Craig Monroe hit a sacrifice fly, staking Maroth to a three-run lead.

    He coasted through the first four innings, allowing just two hits before Blake led off the fifth with his third homer. One out later, Peralta connected for his first, lining a shot into the Indians' bullpen.

    Of Cleveland's 23 homers, 18 have been solo shots and accounted for the Indians' last seven runs in four games.

    Game notes


    Following the game, the Tigers recalled INF Ramon Martinez from Triple-A Toledo. He had been sidelined with a sprained left thumb. RHP Andrew Good was sent back to the Mud Hens. ... Maroth also struck out eight on Sept. 1 last season against Kansas City. ... Indians LHP Arthur Rhodes made his 500th career relief appearance. ... The Indians are 24-46 in April the past three seasons.

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