Crowe's clutch hit helps Indians top Tigers 4-3

CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Crowe singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the seventh inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.

Fausto Carmona (9-7) outlasted Detroit's Justin Verlander in a matchup of All-Star right-handers. Carmona fell behind 3-0 in the first inning, but got stronger while the Tigers' ace faded.

Crowe's hit off reliever Phil Coke (5-1) scored Matt LaPorta, who doubled with two outs. Crowe was thrown out trying for second to end the inning.

Carmona left in the eighth after yielding a leadoff double to Johnny Damon. Joe Smith got Magglio Ordonez to ground out and fanned Miguel Cabrera. Left-hander Rafael Perez then retired Brennan Boesch on a groundout.

Cabrera went 0 for 3 with a walk, ending his hitting streak at 20 games.

Chris Perez worked the ninth for his eighth save. He closed in place of veteran Kerry Wood, put on the disabled list before the game due to a blistered right index finger.

Carlos Guillen had a two-run single and Brandon Inge followed with an RBI double in the Tigers' first. Guillen was thrown out at the plate on a close play to end the inning.

Carmona walked five over the first three innings, but settled down. He allowed three runs and six hits, walking six with three strikeouts over seven innings.

Verlander fanned nine and walked five over six innings, allowing six hits and three runs. He also threw two wild pitches in the sixth that enabled Cleveland to tie the score at 3.

Verlander struck out three over two hitless innings before the Indians cut it to 3-2 in the third. Jason Donald had an RBI double and scored on a single by Michael Brantley. Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson preserved the lead with a running catch in right-center to take away LaPorta's bid for extra bases with two on and two outs.

Cleveland loaded the bases with one out in the fifth on a single by Brantley and two walks. Verlander then struck out cleanup hitter Travis Hafner on three pitches and fanned LaPorta on a 1-2 pitch in the dirt.

The Indians loaded the bases again in the sixth. Shelley Duncan singled, went to second on a two-out single by Donald and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Verlander walked Brantley and uncorked another wild pitch, scoring Duncan.

NOTES: Detroit was expected to call up RHP Rick Porcello from Triple-A Toledo to start the second game. ... Wood's trip to the DL is the 14th of his career and second this year. ... RHP Jensen Lewis was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to replace Wood. "I left Norfolk (Va.) at 5:30 this morning so this is a real long day, but I wouldn't want it any other way," Lewis said. ... Verlander is 9-10 in his career against Cleveland. He went 4-0 with a 0.90 ERA in four starts against the Indians in 2009.