The home run tied Hafner with the Tigers' Chris Shelton for the Major League
lead with seven home runs.
Carmona said he tried to pitch as though he didn't have a lead.
"I wanted to keep everything the same, not try to think that we were two runs up," Carmona said, through translator Eduardo
Perez. "Just keep them off the board and still pitch my game and not worry
about how many runs we were ahead."
Cleveland recalled Carmona from Triple-A Buffalo before the game and
placed right-hander Fernando Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised
In the fourth inning, Ben Broussard, Ramon Vazquez, Casey Blake and Todd
Hollandsworth all drove in runs, ending Bonderman's day.
"Jeremy Bonderman is an outstanding young pitcher," Cleveland manager
Eric Wedge said. "I think it was great for Haf[ner] to get us going early and I think
we put some pretty good at-bats against him and hit some pretty good pitches.
Went down and got some pitches and we found some holes out there and took
advantage of putting together a big inning."
Rookie Jordan Tata relieved Bonderman and needed a diving catch by
left-fielder Craig Monroe to finally end the inning.
Bonderman gave up seven runs on eight hits while walking one and
striking out four in just 3 2/3 innings.
Hollandsworth also helped Carmona in the fourth inning when he robbed
Marcus Thames of a home run with his leaping catch in left field.
"I was able to get back to the wall, get a gauge on it and I was actually
almost kind of waiting on it to come down, [to] make a good jump after it and
bring it back," Hollandsworth said.
Carmona got into bases-loaded jams in the fifth and sixth innings, but
gave up just one run on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Inge. He allowed five hits in
six innings, walking two and striking out four.
"Incredible, he's the story of the day, no doubt about it," Hollandsworth
said of the 22-year-old Carmona. "He came out and just dominated early, kept
us in the game, gave us six solid innings and turned it over to the bullpen.
It was a nice win. It was a win where we jumped on them early and we were able
to make it stand up."
Wedge said Carmona would remain in the rotation.
"He was very good," Wedge said. "He was very good in general but even
beyond that, in terms of his first start, he had a power sinker working, did a
good job utilizing his breaking ball as well as his changeup. He went out there
and pitched. Equally impressive was the way he worked out of those situations
there his last couple innings. That was very impressive."
Reliever Matt Miller gave up an RBI double to Omar Infante in the eighth
inning for Detroit's only other run.
The Indians improved to 6-2 against teams from the American League Central.