The win pushes Ossie Vitt’s Indians one game in front of the Tigers in the American League pennant chase. The battle of young pitchers goes the way of the 21-year-old Feller, who is a 20-game winner for the second consecutive season. The 19-year-old Newhouser falls to 8-9 with the loss.
Cleveland jumped out to an early 3-0 lead as Hal Trosky hit a two-out, two-run homer in the first inning and Beau Bell followed with a solo blast. After a Ken Keltner double, Newhouser was hooked and replaced by Clay Smith.
An RBI-double from Pinky Higgins cut the Indians lead to 3-1 in the second, but the Indians got the run back in the fourth on an RBI-double of their own from Ray Mack that scored Keltner from first. Cleveland erased any doubts in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run homer from Roy Weatherly and an RBI-double from Bell that scored Lou Boudreau from second. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Smith was able to get a pop up to second and a pair of strikeouts to erase further harm.
Higgins would drive in another run in the sixth, but a single from Boudreau in the bottom of the inning scored Ben Chapman to make it an 8-2 game. The Tigers scored three in the following inning, but would get no closer as Feller completed the game, allowing five runs on seven hits with five walks and seven strikeouts.