Indians 7, Tigers 2


DETROIT (AP) – Fausto Carmona allowed one run in six innings in his major league debut, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 7-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

Carmona (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to replace C.C. Sabathia (abdominal strain), gave up five hits to help the Indians snap a three-game losing streak. He walked two and struck out four.

Jeremy Bonderman (1-2) lost his second start in a row, giving up seven runs and eight hits with a walk in 3 2-3 innings. The Tigers have lost five of six since a 5-0 start.

Travis Hafner hit a two-run homer in the first and sparked Cleveland’s five-run fourth inning with a leadoff double. Hafner’s seventh home run moved him into a tie for the major league lead with Detroit’s Chris Shelton.

Ben Broussard drove in Hafner in the fourth with a one-out single. Ronnie Belliard walked, and Ramon Vazquez followed with his first hit of the season, an RBI single to make it 4-0.

Casey Blake drove in another run with a base hit, and after Grady Sizemore grounded into a force play, Todd Hollandsworth’s two-run double made it 7-0. Jordan Tata then relieved Bonderman and got Jhonny Peralta to fly out to end the inning.

The Tigers loaded the bases in the fifth and sixth, but only got one run out of it – Brandon Inge’s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.

Omar Infante’s RBI double off Indians reliever Matt Miller made it 7-2 in the eighth.

Notes: Indians C Victor Martinez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a first-inning single. … Craig Monroe struck out in his first three at-bats then singled in the ninth to snap his streak of six consecutive strikeouts. … The Indians placed reliever Fernando Cabrera (heel) on the disabled list to make room for Carmona, while the Tigers put DH Dmitri Young (quadriceps) on the disabled list and recalled outfielder Alexis Gomez from Triple-A Toledo. … Bonderman allowed one run in 6 2-3 innings in his first start – a win at Kansas City – but has allowed 11 runs in 10 2-3 innings in home starts against the White Sox and Indians. … Carmona is a product of Cleveland’s Dominican Academy.

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