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There's Redman, the pitcher who struggles against the

By Tom WithersAssociated Press Published: May 28, 2002 12:00 AM

There's Redman, the pitcher who struggles against the rest of the AL, and then there's the one who dominates the Cleveland Indians.

"We make him look like Cy Young," Indians manager Charlie Manuel said. "And he makes us look like a minor league club or something."

Redman pitched a career-best four-hitter to beat Cleveland for the second time in a week, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 4-1 win Monday over the Indians.

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Redman (2-5), who threw his first career complete game on May 21 against Cleveland, again had little trouble with the light-hitting Indians.

The left-hander mixed some slow, breaking pitches in with his fastball and improved to 4-1 with a 2.27 ERA in five career versus Cleveland. Against the rest of the majors, he's 13-19 with a 5.05 ERA.

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"There's no reason to change the game plan until they prove they can hit me," Redman said. "You make your pitches, and you can get anybody out."

Redman allowed just Ellis Burks' second-inning homer, a two-out single to Ricky Gutierrez in the fifth and a pair of singles in the ninth.

Redman walked one, struck out four and got 16 outs on grounders, including two double plays. He has allowed just one earned run in his last 18 innings against the Indians.

"That was a great performance by Redman," Tigers manager Luis Pujols said. "He kept those guys off balance with his changeup and breaking pitches."

Damian Jackson hit a two-run homer off Danys Baez (4-4) as the Tigers snapped Cleveland's three-game winning streak and won their fourth straight over the Indians, who have scored just five runs in the four losses.

Detroit swept three from Cleveland at home last week.

Burks homered for the Indians, who entered batting just .240 as a team and started an outfield of Jolbert Cabrera, Bruce Aven and Chris Magruder _ a trio with a collective .152 average.

Cleveland has scored only 16 runs in its last seven games.

"We haven't been clicking," Burks said. "You can't fold the tents though, can you? We haven't played great ball and we're only 4 1/2 or 5 games out. We just have to keep battling."

Jackson's first homer since Aug. 27 last season for San Diego gave the Tigers a 4-1 lead in the fifth.

Ramon Santiago beat out an infield single with one out before Jackson, who was in a 3-for-35 (.085) slump, hit a 1-0 pitch from Baez over the wall in left.

"I was just happy to get the barrel of the bat on the ball," Jackson said. "It was a fastball and he (Baez) supplied all the power. My first time up, he threw a fastball inside and I said I was not going to let it happen again."

The Tigers hardly made contact against Baez through three innings before getting three straight hits to take a 2-1 lead in the third.

Bobby Higginson singled and scored from first when Randall Simon doubled off the top of the wall in left. Wendell Magee's single then scored Simon.

Baez allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings, but left Jacobs Field before speaking with the media afterward.

Burks came in batting just .161 (10-for-62) since returning from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for eight games and hurt his timing at the plate.

However, Burks' swing looked fine when he pulled Redman's first pitch in the second over the left-field wall for his sixth homer to put the Indians up 1-0.

Notes: Go figure. The Indians, who have dominated the AL Central since 1995, are just 11-19 in the division this season and have dropped 14 of 16. Meanwhile, they're 7-1 against the AL East, but have yet to play either Boston or New York. ... RHP Bartolo Colon's four-hitter on Sunday was his third complete game and the Indians' fourth this season. They had just three in '01. ... Tigers DH Dmitri Young was a pregame scratch. Young, who has hit safely in nine straight, reaggravated a hernia injury that put him on the disabled list in April. ... Jackson's homer was just his second in 198 at-bats against AL pitchers. ... Cleveland has lost 11 of 16 at Jacobs Field. ... The crowd of 40,652 was the largest since opening day at the Jake.

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