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More missed chances spell trouble for Tigers in loss to Cleveland

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Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander delivers a pitch to the Minnesota Twins during the third inning of their game at Comerica Park on August 16, 2011. REUTERS
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander delivers a pitch to the Minnesota Twins during the third inning of their game at Comerica Park on August 16, 2011. REUTERS

NOTE: For an end of game Tigers score update, text SCORES to 80373 

CLEVELAND (WKZO) – Detroit stranded 10 more runners Thursday afternoon, and dropped a third straight game to Cleveland 2-1. The Tigers have now been swept for two consecutive years in the first meeting of these teams at Progressive Field.

Justin Verlander was once again dominant, striking out seven in eight innings of work. He gave up a solo homerun to Shin Soo Choo on the third pitch of the game. Cleveland was able to manufacture another run in the fourth on a bloop single to right, scoring the go-ahead run. He went the distance, recording his final strikeout to the tune of 100 and 101 mph pitches.

The Tigers offense wasn’t able to produce the same rally, stranding 10 runners Thursday, and leaving 30 runners on base for the series. Detroit’s only run came from a sacrifice ground out from Miguel Cabrera which scored Quintin Berry. 

Cleveland’s lead in the AL Central is building, now six games ahead of Detroit who is now in third place. If there is any silver lining to this rough patch for the Tigers, last year they were further back than this last May, and they ended up running away with the division.

Drew Smyly is the starter Friday as the Tigers continue their longest road stretch this season. First pitch on AM 590 WKZO is 8:05 pm

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