• Summary: With the top of the AL Central standings already tight, things got even tighter as the Tigers edged the Indians in a pitchers' battle between Fausto Carmona and Jair Jurrjens. The win pulled Detroit to within one-half game of Cleveland.
• Turning point: The Tigers' fifth-inning strike proved to be enough for Detroit. Magglio Ordonez connected off Carmona with a solo shot and Carlos Guillen followed right behind him with his own homer to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
• Hero: Tigers starter Jurrjens took a no-hitter into the sixth and limited the AL Central-leading Indians to one hit, a solo home run by Jhonny Peralta.
• Get use to this: The teams are scheduled to play one more series after this one ends Thursday, with a three-game set Sept. 17-19 in Cleveland.
• Quotable: "That was a great baseball game. I guess it's easy for me to say that because we won." -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland
-- ESPN.com news services
Tigers 2, Indians 1
DETROIT (AP) -- Comerica Park is a long way from Curacao.Jair Jurrjens pitched comfortably for the Tigers in front of almost 43,000 fans Tuesday night -- as if everyone was behind him back home in the Dutch Caribbean islands.Jurrjens allowed one hit in his second major league start and Detroit got consecutive homers from Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen to edge the Cleveland Indians 2-1 in the opener of a key three-game series."I'm going to remember this for the rest of my life," Jurrjens said.The right-hander outpitched Fausto Carmona and carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning until Jhonny Peralta homered with one out for Cleveland's only hit of the game.For the first time in franchise history, the Indians' lone hit was a home run. The last time they had only one hit was April 15 in a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.When Tigers manager Jim Leyland came out of the dugout to replace Jurrjens, the pitcher puffed out his cheeks, exhaled and walked off the mound to a standing ovation."My phone is going to go crazy tonight," said Jurrjens, adding the game was televised in Curacao. "It's just a dream come true."Joel Zumaya, just off the disabled list, and two other relievers helped Detroit hang on to pull within a half-game of the AL Central-leading Indians."That was a fun game to play in," Cleveland's Casey Blake said. "Every game from now on means something."The 21-year-old Jurrjens (1-1) walked four and struck out one in 6 2/3 innings."For a young kid, he's got a good arm," Blake said.Carmona does, too.The 23-year-old right-hander, who beat Jurrjens in his big league debut last week, retired his first 12 batters before Ordonez and Guillen homered to start the fifth."He could've thrown a no-hitter," Blake said. "They probably hit four balls hard and two of them were homers."Ordonez went to the opposite field on an 0-1 pitch, driving the ball over the wall in right-center."For him to do what he did with that pitch was pretty special stuff," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.Carmona (14-8) gave up only three hits in eight innings. He struck out five and walked none."What gets lost in this game is Carmona was fantastic," Leyland said. "The guys were remarking that his stuff was tremendous."Zumaya also was pretty good, pitching for the first time since May 1. He threw in the high 90s and retired the only batter he faced. He had been on the disabled list with a ruptured tendon in his right middle finger."It's nice to see that name in the lineup card," Leyland said. "I wanted to get him in and out. It was perfect."Fernando Rodney pitched a hitless eighth and Todd Jones worked a perfect ninth for his 32nd save in 37 chances.Detroit's defense helped Jurrjens all night.Second baseman Placido Polanco, who missed the previous six games with an illness, was in perfect position -- shallow right field -- to catch Travis Hafner's liner in the second inning.In the sixth, Guillen went deep into the shortstop hole to make a backhand stop and rob Blake of a hit with an off-balance throw after Kenny Lofton walked and stole a base."That was a great baseball game," Leyland said. "I guess it's easy for me to say that because we won."
The last time the Indians were part of a four-hit game was April 18, 1971, against the Washington Senators. ... Wedge said LHP Aaron Laffey would start Saturday against Kansas City. Laffey, currently with Triple-A Buffalo, is 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts with Cleveland. His record in Buffalo is 9-3 with a 3.08 ERA. ... Leyland said LHP Andrew Miller will start Friday against the Yankees and Roger Clemens in the opener of a four-game series in Detroit. Miller is on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring strain, but was impressive in a three-inning rehabilitation appearance with Triple-A Toledo on Monday night. ... Detroit 3B Ryan Raburn started ahead of Brandon Inge, but was replaced by Inge in the seventh. ... The teams are scheduled to play one more series after this one ends Thursday, with a three-game set Sept. 17-19 in Cleveland.