Command struggles hurt Carmona
Indians score two runs in ninth to tie it, but fall to Tigers
TIGERS 5, INDIANS 4
At Lakeland, Fla.
Thursday, March 22
Indians at the plate: David Dellucci ended Cleveland's string of scoreless innings at 21 when he homered with one out in the third inning off Jeremy Bonderman. Dellucci's team-high fourth homer of the spring represented Cleveland's first run since the sixth inning of Sunday's game against the Dodgers. Travis Hafner went 2-for-3 with two walks and drove in two runs. Andy Marte walked and singled twice in his first three plate appearances. Shin-Soo Choo tied the game in the ninth with a single.
Tigers at the plate: Brandon Inge had three hits, including a drive that set up the winning run in the ninth, and Curtis Granderson, Sean Casey and Chris Shelton each had two hits. The Tigers put together three straight doubles to score their first two runs. Granderson knocked in the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth with a sacrifice fly.
Indians on the mound: Fausto Carmona, in his first start since he was named the No. 5 starter, gave up four runs on 10 hits, including five doubles, in five innings. The Tribe turned six double plays. Juan Lara gave up the decisive run in the ninth inning.
Tigers on the mound: Bonderman went five innings in his longest outing of the spring and the right-hander held the Indians to two runs on four hits in five innings. Joel Zumaya threw a scoreless eighth, and Todd Jones gave up his first runs of the spring in the ninth but earned the victory.
Grapefruit League records: Indians 12-9; Tigers 15-8-1.
Up next: The Tigers head east to Viera for a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Washington Nationals on Friday. Left-hander Nate Robertson will start for Detroit against Nationals right-hander John Patterson.
The Indians will host Houston in a 7:05 p.m. ET game at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven on Friday. Right-hander Paul Byrd will be on the mound for the Tribe while the Astros will send ace right-hander Roy Oswalt to the hill.
Jim Molony is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.