The Detroit Tigers would like a clean sweep of the Cleveland Indians, and on Friday night they got one-third of the way there with an uneventful 4-to-0 victory at Progressive Field. Justin Verlander took the hill for Detroit and kept Cleveland's bats in check, shutting out the Indians for seven innings while striking out six and only allowing six hits. Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
The Tigers put up two runs in each of the first two innings and were quiet from then on, but it was more than enough. Delmon Young and Brennan Boesch each singled home a run in the first inning, and Austin Jackson (double) and Miguel Cabrera (single) were responsible for the two runs an inning later.