When you commit as many errors as you have runs, it's unlikely that you will win the ballgame. For nearly seven innings, the Indians had three more errors than hits, let alone runs. All in all, it was another ugly loss in downtown Cleveland as the Tribe fell to the Tigers 5-3. Anibal Sanchez took a no hitter into the seventh, the Indians put themselves into another hole, and the ballpark sounded like Comerica Park South with a vocal collection of Tigers fans. Not an enjoyable day at Progressive Field.
None of the first four hitters for the Tigers put a ball in play against Justin Masterson. He struck out Austin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera, but walked Andy Dirks and Prince Fielder to put two on with two out. Lonnie Chisenhall's error plated the first run and Alex Avila followed with a RBI single. It was vintage Masterson in the inning, allowing a walk and two hits to the left handed batters while striking out all three righties. In any event, before the Tribe came to bat, they were down 2-0.
Two runs seemed like it would be enough for Anibal Sanchez, who didn't allow any hits until the seventh inning. For good measure, the Tigers added on single runs in the fourth, fifth, and seventh before the Indians so much as walked. Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch in the fourth and that was the team's only baserunner. As for the Tigers, Austin Jackson drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Alex Avila doubled home a run in the fifth. Miguel Cabrera launched home run #37 over the right field wall in the seventh. Justin Masterson lasted just 4.2 innings, allowing four runs, two earned, on six hits, with four walks and eight strikeouts.
The Indians not only ended the no hitter in the seventh, but they also ended the shutout. Anibal Sanchez gave up a triple to Carlos Santana with two out in the third. Russ Canzler promptly doubled and then was singled home by Chisenhall. Just like that, the Indians had a pulse, trailing 5-2. Sanchez exited the game and the Indians rally was snuffed out by Phil Coke.
Cody Allen, who had relieved Tony Sipp in the seventh and struck out the two batters he faced, mowed through the top of the Tigers' order in the eighth. Allen struck out all five batters that he faced in 28 pitches. That was one of the few bright spots for the Indians on the day. They added another run in the bottom of the eighth on an Asdrubal Cabrera RBI single, but got no closer and lost 5-3.
With the loss, the Indians fell to 60-86. With the win, the Tigers improved to 77-67. Justin Masterson took the loss, his 14th. Anibal Sanchez won his third game as a Tiger. Jose Valverde recorded save #31.
Stat of the Night: Cody Allen struck out all five batters that he faced.
Player of the Game: Cody Allen
Tomorrow's Game: Rick Porcello will take the hill to try and sweep the Indians. He'll face Ubaldo Jimenez at 3:05.