Cleveland scored two runs in the first inning and five more in the fourth in a 7-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday afternoon. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Tribe.
Designated hitter Travis Hafner kicked things off in the first inning with a two-run home run deep into the right-field stands off Detroit starter Jeremy Bonderman.
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 right heel.
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.
Dana Wakiji is a contributor for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less