Indians 4, Tigers 2: Ubaldo Jimenez pitched one-run ball into the seventh inning and visiting Cleveland hit three RBI triples to continue its dominance this season against Detroit.
After losing 10 straight to the Tigers, the Indians have won the last four meetings. Detroit has lost six of eight overall.
Detroit had the tying run at the plate with one out in the ninth but Chris Perez limited the damage to one run - with an assist from a sliding catch by Shin-Soo Choo - to end the game for his 18th save.
Jimenez (6-4) allowed an RBI double to Miguel Cabrera in the first before settling in to shut down the Tigers for the second time this year. He retired 11 straight batters before back-to-back singles from Cabrera and Prince Fielder in the sixth. Jimenez allowed five hits and one walk over 6 2/3 innings, striking out four.
The Indians tied it at 1-1 on Asdrubal Cabrera's RBI triple over Quintin Berry's head in center in the third, and they took the lead on Lou Marson's RBI triple in the fifth. Choo added an RBI single later in the inning, and Michael Brantley tacked on Cleveland's third run-scoring triple in the sixth.
Tigers starter Drew Smyly (2-2) allowed four runs on six hits over six innings. He has allowed four runs in each of his last five starts.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Carlos Santana, who has been on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion since May 25, returned to the Indians' lineup as the DH and went 0-for-4. … The Indians' three triples were their most in a game since April 7, 2002, also at Detroit. … Cleveland 3B Jose Lopez was scratched from the lineup with lower back soreness. … Detroit C Alex Avila left the game with a tight right hamstring. Avila missed the previous two games with a tight hamstring. … OF Matt Young went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in his Tigers debut.