Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 6/5/12
DETROIT (AP) -- Ubaldo Jimenez pitched impressively into the seventh inning and the Cleveland Indians hit three run-scoring triples off rookie Drew Smyly in a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. Jimenez (6-4) allowed a run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings, striking out four and walking only one. The right-hander entered the game with 42 walks in 56 innings this year. Three relievers finished for Cleveland. Chris Perez allowed a run in the ninth but held on for his 18th save in 19 chances. Asdrubal Cabrera, Lou Marson and Michael Brantley each hit RBI triples for Cleveland, which became the third team this season to hit three triples in a game. Smyly (2-2) allowed four runs and six hits in six innings. The Indians made two sparkling defensive plays with Detroit trying to rally in the ninth. After a leadoff single by Delmon Young, Cabrera, the shortstop, barehanded Gerald Laird's chopper and threw to second for a forceout. Jhonny Peralta followed with a double and Brennan Boesch hit a sacrifice fly, but Shin-soo Choo made a sliding catch in right field on Ramon Santiago's shallow fly to end it. The Indians won for only the fourth time in their last 27 games at Comerica Park. Cleveland's Carlos Santana returned to the lineup after being on the 7-day disabled list because of a concussion. He went 0 for 4 as the designated hitter. The Indians had lost seven of nine since sweeping three straight from the Tigers in Cleveland last month. Jimenez hit the first batter he faced and allowed an RBI double to Miguel Cabrera in the first inning. Detroit did little offensively after that. Matt Young, a 29-year-old outfielder just up from the minors, struck out four times. The home crowd gave him a sarcastic cheer when he fouled off a two-strike pitch in the eighth, but he struck out swinging at the next one. Smyly struck out the first four hitters he faced, but Cabrera's triple in the third tied the game and Marson's triple in the fifth gave the Indians the lead. Choo drove Marson home with a single to make it 3-1. Brantley extended his hitting streak to 13 games with his triple in the sixth, which eluded a diving Boesch in right and brought home another run. The Indians improved to 5-12 when facing a left-handed starter. NOTES: Cleveland became the first team with at least three triples and no other extra-base hits since Kansas City on Sept. 21, 1998, against Detroit. ... Detroit C Alex Avila left the game when his troublesome right hamstring tightened. ... Tigers DH Victor Martinez was at the ballpark. He's been recovering from a severe knee injury from the offseason and said he's supposed to have an MRI around the end of this month. ... Detroit's Prince Fielder extended his hitting streak to 12 with a sixth-inning single. ... Detroit RHP Max Scherzer (5-3) faces Cleveland's Jeanmar Gomez (3-4) on Wednesday night.
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