By Matthew Van Wormer
Derek Lowe pitched well enough to win on Sunday but the Tribe hitters couldn’t come up with enough power to give him his seventh “W.” Josh Johnson and the Marlins won the game, 5-3. The Indians now get their first day off since April 30th.
It looked like Indians hitters were ready for that off day, swinging at bad pitches and not really having the quality at-bats we’ve been used to seeing lately. Jose Lopez seemed to be the exception. Lopez has hit safely in seven of his eight game since coming back from Triple-A Columbus and had two of the Indians three RBI on the day. Lopez was
While Lowe kept it close, it looked like the bullpen would be able to do the same. But a three run eighth inning by the Marlins put the game out of reach. Nick Hagadone pitched a shaky seventh inning, escaping with no damage and came back out to face another lefty at the beginning of the eighth. After giving up a leadoff double, Jeremy Accardo was tapped as the man to keep the Indians’ deficit at one.
After walking the first batter he faced, Accardo gave up a two-run double off the wall to Logan Morrison that was just out of the reach of Johnny Damon in left field. The next two batters for the Marlins also produced runs, giving Miami a 5-1 lead. Carlos Santana ended the inning by throwing out another base runner but the damage was done.
The Tribe made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth inning, as Jose Lopez had an RBI double and Casey Kotchman drove a run in on a ground out but that was all the Indians could muster. Choo came to the plate as the tying run but flew out to left field to end the game.
The Indians had a few opportunities throughout the game but Johnson had his best outing of the season for the Marlins, going seven innings and giving up just one run on five hits. Heath Bell struggled when he came in for the ninth but he had just enough to earn his fifth save of the season and get the Marlins out of town with a victory.
Cleveland now awaits the arrival of the Detroit Tigers who come in for the most important series of the year for the Indians. Ubaldo Jimenez (4-3, 5.09) and Rick Porcello (3-3, 5.12). It will be the first three games of the 18 that the two teams will play this season.
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