Cleveland jumped on Jeff Weaver with a six-run first, despite a sac bunt from Robbie Alomar; Russell Branyan’s three-run blast to left was the big blow. Rookie CC Sabathia retired the first ten Detroit batters before allowing a fourth inning rally cashed in by Deivi Cruz’ bases clearing double. Alomar drove in two in the sixth, but in the bottom of the frame, Sabathia was pulled after allowing a single to Bobby Higginson at 88 pitches, and Justin Speier coughed up his own bases clearing double to pinch-hitter Robert Fick. Ricardo Rincon came in to fan Roger Cedeno, and Steve Karsay tossed two perfect innings of relief.
Wil Cordero’s triple was followed by Brayan’s third hit and fourth RBI of the night to pad the Tribe lead to 9-7, but Bob Wickman ran into trouble into the ninth, allowing a leadoff homer to pinch-hitter Jose Macias and a single before Cedno helped out popping up a sacrifice attempt. After Wickman plunked Damion Easley, Paul Shuey was summoned, fanning Higginson and Tony Clark to earn the bailout save.