Tribe Tramples Tigers to Tie Division Lead

Cleveland's Carmona hurls squad into another victory
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Aug 16, 2007 12:40 AM CDT
Cleveland Indians' Franklin Gutierrez smacks a two-run homer off Detroit Tigers pitcher Jair Jurrjens in the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, in Cleveland. The Indians won 5-2....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – After dropping the first of a two-game series, the Indians bested the Tigers last night 5-2, tying Detroit for the top spot in the American League Central division. The Indian's Fausto Carmona fanned a career-best 10 batters on the way to his 14th victory, with ace closer Joe Borowski recording his 33rd save in 37 outings.

Detroit's lineup has taken a serious hit this week. A badly timed flu season has benched All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez, as well as Placido Polanco, Craig Monroe and Todd Jones. Though the dilapidated Tigers were unable to muster much offense, Cleveland struck with clutch hits from Travis Hafner and Franklin Gutierrez.