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Indians increase Central lead

August 24, 2007

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Cleveland's Jake Westbrook delivers against Detroit. The Indians defeated the Tigers, 3-1 in 10 innings, Thursday in Detroit.

Cleveland's Jake Westbrook delivers against Detroit. The Indians defeated the Tigers, 3-1 in 10 innings, Thursday in Detroit.

Indians 3, Tigers 1, 10 inn.

Detroit - Jake Westbrook and Nate Robertson kept the game scoreless through eight innings. Then in a battle of the bullpens, the Cleveland Indians did better - barely.

Pinch-hitter Kenny Lofton's infield single off Joel Zumaya drove in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th inning, and the Indians beat Detroit to open a 21â2-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central.

Down 3-0, the Tigers still had a chance to win a series for the first time since mid-July. Marcus Thames hit an RBI double with two outs in the 10th off Joe Borowski, putting a pair of runners in scoring position, but Ivan Rodriguez popped up to end it.

Westbrook allowed five hits and two walks - one intentional - over eight innings. He seems to have turned his season around, winning three of his previous five outings after starting 1-6.

Twins 5, Orioles 2

Baltimore - Boof Bonser pitched seven innings of three-hit ball to earn his first win since June 10, and Minnesota took advantage of shoddy fielding by Baltimore. Steve Trachsel (6-8) took a three-hitter and a 1-0 lead into the eighth inning, but the Twins capitalized on three walks and two errors to score four runs.

Athletics 12, Devil Rays 2

St. Petersburg, Fla. - Mike Piazza hit his 424th homer, had four hits and drove in a season-high five runs. Piazza hit a two-run shot - his fifth of the year - off Brian Stokes to extendthe A's lead to 10-1 in the sixth. Chad Gaudin (10-9) allowed one run over seven innings, and Jack Cust hit a two-run homer.

Mariners 9, Rangers 3

Arlington, Texas - Ichiro Suzuki had a three-run double between homers by Jose Guillen and Jose Vidro during a seven-run inning. Jeff Weaver (6-10) won his fourth straight start in August.

Blue Jays 5, Angels 4

Anaheim, Calif. - Toronto rookie Jesse Litsch scattered six hits and pitched into the seventh inning.

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