Miguel Cabrera homered, Brennan Boesch broke out of a slump with a pair of hits and Casey Crosby earned his first major league win, helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 7-5 Thursday.
Cleveland nearly rallied from a 7-1 deficit but, with the Tigers leading by two, the Indians left the bases loaded in the seventh and two on in the eighth.
Detroit avoided a three-game sweep and beat the Indians for the first time in six meetings this year.
Crosby (1-1) allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings in his second career start. Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save in 13 chances.
Derek Lowe (7-4) allowed seven runs and nine hits in five innings.
Crosby is in Detroit's rotation because of an injury to Doug Fister, and he was sharp after a rough outing against the New York Yankees in his debut last week. The Tigers gave him plenty of support, scoring four runs in the first and three in the fourth.
Boesch's single in the first put runners on first...