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Bonderman, Ordonez help Tigers beat Indians 4-2

DETROIT (AP) — Jeremy Bonderman gave up one hit in five innings and Magglio Ordonez had a two-run homer, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.

Bonderman (1-0) retired the first 11 he faced, then allowed a run on a wild pitch, single and two walks. The right-hander started for the first time at home in nearly two years since having surgery to break up a blood clot in his throwing shoulder.

Brad Thomas followed for two innings, Fu-Ten Ni got two outs and Ryan Perry pitched the final 1 1-3 innings for his first career save.

Mitch Talbot (0-1) allowed four runs, six hits and five walks over five innings in his debut with the Indians and fourth game in the majors.

The Tigers have won three straight and four of five.

Johnny Damon singled in the first, ending a three-game hitless streak, and scored on Ordonez's no-doubt shot to left.

The Tigers scored two more in the third to take a 4-0 lead on Brandon Inge's RBI single and Scott Sizemore's sacrifice fly.

Bonderman struck out the top two hitters in Cleveland's lineup — Asdrubal Cabrera and Grady Sizemore — to open the fourth, inspiring "Let's go Bon-do!" chants from fans in the stands. Then, he walked Shin-Soo Choo on a full-count pitch. Choo advanced to third on a single and scored on a wild pitch.

Hafner's RBI single in the sixth pulled the Indians within two runs and they blew a chance to at least cut into the deficit two innings later.

Ni hit two straight batters in the eighth, then struck out Hafner and Perry got Jhonny Peralta out swinging.

Before the game, Detroit manager Jim Leyland said closer Jose Valverde along with relievers Joel Zumaya and Phil Coke would be rested for the day.

NOTES: The game drew 35,332 fans on a sun-splashed afternoon — with first-pitch temperature of 50 — a day after a Comerica Park opening day-record crowd of 45,010 watched the Tigers beat Cleveland 5-2. ... Talbot, acquired in the offseason from Tampa Bay for Kelly Shoppach, made his previous appearance in the majors for the Rays against Detroit on Sept. 28, 2008, and gave up five runs in 2 1-3 innings. He made the second start of his career in the majors after being limited to just 10 starts for Triple-A Durham last season. ... Ordonez was 1 for 3 — dropping his batting average to .476 — after opening the season with four multihit games in a row. ... Perry had three previous chances to save a game, but his first in the ninth inning. ... Bonderman was 0-1 with a 8.71 ERA in eight games last season, including only one start. ... Detroit's top draft pick last year, RHP Jacob Turner, threw five scoreless innings a year out of high school in his professional debut Friday for Class-A West Michigan.