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Game Forty-Eight: Indians 5, Tigers 3

Box Score
Win Probability Added @ Fangraphs

Highest WPA:

Ryan Garko .263
Fausto Carmona .166
Casey Blake .120

Lowest WPA:

Josh Barfield -.088
Trot Nixon -.070
Grady Sizemore -.046

What more can you say about Fausto Carmona? His line doesn't look that good, but consider this: four of the hits Carmona allowed didn't leave the infield. He allowed two extra-base hits, both of them doubles. And when he got in trouble, he didn't deviate from his game plan. Again, an Indian pitcher went seven innings, setting up things nicely for the back end of the bullpen.

The offense tagged Mike Maroth for four early runs in the first inning, then resumed their normal sheepish effort against the crafty lefty, who ended up pitching eight innings and keeping the game within reach for the Tigers. Joe Borowski closed the game for the third straight day, taking over the AL lead in saves with 17. He probably won't be available for tomorrow's game, but that's a fairly small price to pay for sweeping the series.

There's 15 more games to be played between the two teams, but sweeping the Tigers at home is a pretty big message to send, even if it's in May.

Next Up: The Indians travel to Boston. Lee vs. Schilling, 7:05 PM.