Tigers win game shortened by rain

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers will take a win any way they can get it — including a 7-2 win over the Cleveland Indians in Friday’s game that was called due to rain after seven innings.

The Tigers (79-56) increased their lead in the American League Central to 7.5 games over the Indians after torrential rain moved into the area after the Tigers scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it 7-2.

Cleveland opened the scoring in the top of the second on a sacrifice by Asdrubal Cabrera that brought in Carlos Santana.

Detroit answered in the bottom of the inning when Don Kelly knocked in Prince Fielder on a sacrifice fly.

The Tigers opened up a lead in the bottom of the third, beginning with an RBI single by Austin Jackson. Victor Martinez then added a two-RBI double that scored Jackson and Andy Dirks.

Alex Avila made it 5-1 on a fielder’s choice that scored Prince Fielder.

Cleveland threatened in the top of the sixth, loading up the bases, but managed a single run when Al Alburquerque, who came in to relieve starter Rick Porcello, walked the bases loaded.

The Tigers were able to add a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh, however, on a wild pitch that scored Dirks, followed by an RBI single by Omar Infante to make it 7-2, before the game went into a weather delay.

Rick Porcello (11-7) picked up the win, allowing two earned runs in 5.2 innings of work while giving up five hits. Zach McAllister (7-8) took the loss for the Indians, allowing five runs on six hits in 3.2 innings of work.

Detroit and Cleveland continue their series at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday. Anibal Sanchez (11-7) will take the mound for the Tigers while Scott Kazmir will make the start for the Indians.

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