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Continued: Michael Brantley homers, drives in 5 as Indians recover after blowing lead to beat Tigers 9-6

  • Article by: TOM WITHERS , AP Sports Writer
  • Last update: July 8, 2013 - 1:56 AM

As the ball cleared the wall, Swisher had a moment of panic.

"I think we were all thinking, 'Damn.' But that's baseball and that's how it goes," he said. "That's a great lineup. How many guys do they have on the All-Star team? For us, we're the underdogs, man. We got nothing to lose and if we go out there and play loose and play our type of baseball, stress-free, that's our best way of playing.

"When we get up tight and feel like we have to win, it's really hard," he added.

Cabrera and Prince Fielder followed Hunter's homer with singles and Francona, without a lefty available in the bullpen because Rich Hill pitched the previous four games, pulled Pestano. Allen came in and threw a wild pitch but was able to keep it knotted by striking out Victor Martinez.

After being manhandled for the second straight game, the Indians, at the urging of designated hitter and elder statesman Jason Giambi, had a team meeting Saturday. While none of the players provided much detail about what was said, the session seemed to work.

"Sometimes you go through spells," Swisher said. "We kind of got together and hashed everything out. I feel like we came to the ballpark today ready to go. There wasn't any pressure put on us and that's when we're at our best. I'm not a major fan of team meetings, but when the 'Big G' calls one, we will be there."

The Indians built a 5-1 lead after two, which seemed to be more than enough support for Kluber, who allowed two runs and matched a career high with 10 strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings.

Cabrera's 28th homer gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the first. With two outs, Cabrera drove Kluber's first pitch, a 96 mph fastball, 15 rows up the left-field bleachers.

But the Indians came right back, scoring four in their first at-bat against Doug Fister as Brantley hit a two-run double and Santana followed with his 11th homer to make it 4-1.

Brantley went 3 for 4 and scored three times.

"Michael Brantley looked like Barry Bonds," Hunter said. "That's crazy."

NOTES: The Indians lead the AL with 176 two-out runs. ... Scherzer will try to become the first pitcher to start a season 14-0 since Roger Clemens in 1986. The right-hander has already beaten the Indians twice this season and won 19 of his last 20 decisions. ... The Tigers placed LHP Darin Downs on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis. They recalled Evan Reed from Triple-A Toledo. ... Before the game, the Indians sent RHP Carlos Carrasco back to Triple-A Columbus. Carrasco (0-4) was recalled Saturday and thumped for six runs and 10 hits in just 3 1-3 innings. ... Miguel Cabrera entered the game with 121 hits, the most by a Tigers player through 86 games since Hall of Famer Al Kaline, who had 128 in 1955.

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  • Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley hits a two-run home run off Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Al Alburquerque in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Cleveland. Nick Swisher scored. Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila watches. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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