Indians 9, Tigers 0


DETROIT (AP) – Jason Johnson pitched six shutout innings, Jason Michaels hit a grand slam and Travis Hafner homered to help the Cleveland Indians snap the Detroit Tigers’ eight-game winning streak with a 9-0 victory on Sunday.

Aaron Boone was also 3-for-4 with two runs scored as Cleveland avoided a sweep in the three-game, weekend series.

Johnson (3-4) allowed six hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out two in six innings against his former teammates in his first win since April 18. He had lost four decisions in a row. Five relievers helped finish off the seven-hit shutout.

Detroit had runners on first and third with one out in the third after a leadoff double by Marcus Thames and an error by Indians’ first baseman Eduardo Perez. But Johnson got Placido Polanco to foul out and Ivan Rodriguez to ground out to end the threat.

The Tigers threatened again with runners on first and third with two out in the fourth after singles by Chris Shelton and Craig Monroe. But Thames popped to short to end the inning.

Detroit starter Kenny Rogers (7-3) took the loss, his first since April 24, to break his four-decision winning streak. He allowed five runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings, walking three and striking out two.

The Indians got to him right away in the first inning, taking a 3-0 lead. Jhonny Peralta looped an RBI single to left with one out to score Grady Sizemore, who had led off with a double and moved to third on a groundout. Hafner followed with his 14th homer of the season, lining a 2-0 pitch over the fence in the right-field corner.

The Indians made it 5-0 in fourth on Tim Laker’s two-run double.

Michaels hit his second career grand slam in the eighth, off reliever Bobby Seay.

Notes: Sizemore went 1-for-4 to stretch his hitting streak to nine games (12-for-39). … Rogers has allowed five home runs in his last two games. He’s given up nine for the season.

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