Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera hit consecutive homers in a five-run seventh inning to lift the host Detroit Tigers to a 12-6 win over the Cleveland Indians yesterday, a day after a blown call cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game.
The Tigers were still sad first-base umpire Jim Joyce made a mistake to negate the first perfecto in franchise history and probably weren't pleased that Major League Baseball let the call stand. But they moved on.
Brad Thomas (2-0) retired two batters in the sixth inning for the win. Hector Abriz (0-1) gave up a run on two hits in an inning.
Cleveland's David Huff gave up five runs over three innings, pitching for the first time since New York's Alex Rodriguez hit a line drive off his head Saturday.
The Tigers took the field about 14 hours after Joyce's infamous call.
Rick Porcello retired the Indians in order to open the game and Carlos Guillen hit a two-run double in the second.
Ordonez had an RBI triple in a three-run third, giving Detroit a 5-1 lead.
The Indians made it 6-all in the fourth - thanks in part to consecutive errors by third baseman Brandon Inge and Guillen at second - but let Detroit score in each of the next three innings, including five times in the seventh to turn the game into a rout.
Huff, though, had a major accomplishment by simply being on the mound after Saturday's scary moment. He passed neurological testing and was cleared to pitch when it was his turn in the rotation.
The Indians' Grady Sizemore will undergo potential season-ending surgery on his left knee today in Colorado.
In other games:
* At New York, Alex Rodriguez homered, CC Sabathia won for the first time in a month and the Yankees handed the hapless Baltimore Orioles their eighth straight loss, 6-3.
The loss came as rumors were swirling that Orioles manager Dave Trembley is about to be fired.
ESPN, quoting a source, reported that "Trembley is going to be fired is inevitable; the only question is when."
Former Phillie Juan Samuel, the Orioles' third-base coach, is expected to be named the interim manager when a move is made, the source said.
The Baltimore Sun reported the Orioles are expected to dismiss Trembley before today's series opener against Boston.
* At Boston, Kurt Suzuki hit two of Oakland's four homers as the Athletics showed unusual power in overcoming Boston's 18-hit attack and holding on to beat the Red Sox, 9-8.
* At Kansas City, Jered Weaver outpitched Zack Greinke in seven scoreless innings and Torii Hunter homered for the second straight game, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat the Royals, 5-4.
* At Chicago, Carlos Quentin, booed after committing an error that led to a Texas Rangers run, atoned with a two-run homer in the seventh inning as the White Sox rallied for a 4-3 win.