DETROIT – Carlos Guillen scored the winning run on fill-in closer Chris Perez's wild pitch, capping a three-run ninth inning and giving the Detroit Tigers a 9-8 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
Guillen doubled in Magglio Ordonez to get the Tigers within one. After Brandon Inge grounded out, Perez (0-1) issued consecutive walks to Ramon Santiago and Johnny Damon to force in the tying run.
His next pitch bounced past Lou Marson, allowing Guillen to scamper home.
Phil Coke (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the Tigers, who trailed 7-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.
Perez is serving as Cleveland's closer while Kerry Wood is on the disabled list with a strained muscle below his right shoulder.