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DETROIT – Chris Shelton hit his major league-leading eighth home run, backing Mike Maroth and leading the Detroit Tigers over the Cleveland Indians 1-0.

Shelton homered over the left-center field fence and into the Cleveland bullpen against Cliff Lee (1-1) with one out in the fourth inning. Five of Shelton’s homers have been solo shots.

Maroth (2-0) allowed three hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked two. Maroth’s start had been pushed back three days because of elbow soreness.

Joel Zumaya got out of a two-on jam in the eighth by striking out Grady Sizemore and Jason Michaels. Fernando Rodney completed the four-hitter with a perfect ninth for his third save in as many chances.

Detroit took two of three from the Indians after winning its first four games under new manager Jim Leyland and then losing four in a row.

Lee gave up five hits and three walks in 7 1-3 innings, and struck out six.

Cleveland threatened when Michaels doubled with one out in the first and Jhonny Peralta walked. But Travis Hafner grounded into a double play.

Lee escaped early trouble, striking out Magglio Ordonez and Marcus Thames with two on in the first, then retired Curtis Graderson on an inning-ending popout with two on in the second.

Notes: Cleveland manager Eric Wedge was ejected in the fifth inning by plate umpire Paul Emmel while Ronnie Belliard was batting. Wedge then went on the field to argue with Emmel and was restrained by first-base umpire Bruce Froemming. … The Indians’ Aaron Boone broke an 0-for-16 slide with a double in the fifth, then singled in the eighth.

AP-ES-04-16-06 1526EDT

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