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Tigers hang on to edge Indians

Having already erased much of a big deficit, the Indians were on the cusp of tying the game in the ninth inning with runners in scoring position, one out and a fly ball from Matt LaPorta heading toward center field.

Unfortunately for Cleveland, that's where Austin Jackson plays.

The Detroit outfielder caught LaPorta's fly ball before making a strong throw home to nail Kosuke Fukudome at the plate, securing an 8-7 victory and series sweep for the Tigers.

Detroit scored all eight of its runs in the first four innings against Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1), including seven in the third. Delmon Young hit a three-run homer and Victor Martinez added a two-run shot during the big inning.

But then the Tigers had to hold on as the Indians rallied. Joaquin Benoit stranded runners in scoring position in the eighth, and Jose Valverde worked the nail-biting ninth for his 37th save.