MLB: Cleveland 5, Detroit 3

May 22, 2012 at 10:36 PM

CLEVELAND, May 22 (UPI) -- Casey Kotchman went 3-for-4 and drove in the go-ahead run Tuesday in the Cleveland Indians' 5-3 victory over Detroit.

Kotchman's single with one out in the sixth inning drove in Michael Brantley, breaking a 3-3 tie. Kotchman came around to score an insurance run when Jose Lopez followed with a double to chase Tigers starter Rick Porcello (3-4).

Travis Hafner added a pair of RBI for the American League Central-leading Indians, who notched their sixth win in eight games and took the opener of a three-game series against division rival Detroit.

Ubaldo Jimenez (5-3) worked around six walks to earn the victory, surrendering three runs on five hits in a six-inning stint.

Four Indians relievers closed the door the rest of the way, with Chris Perez racking up his 14th save despite allowing a walk and a hit in the ninth.

Alex Avila knocked a three-run homer for the Tigers, who fell three games behind the Indians in the AL Central.

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