Center fielder Michael Brantley went 4-for-5 in Thursday's win, matching a career high for hits in one game. His average as Cleveland's No. 7 hitter jumped to .281 (9-for-32) in the process. Manager Manny Acta moved Brantley out of the leadoff spot after left fielder Johnny Damon joined the team earlier this month.
With his win on Thursday, starter Derek Lowe (5-1) became the fifth pitcher in the American League to notch his fifth win. The others include Yankees lefty CC Sabathia (5-0), Rays righty James Shields (5-1), Rays lefty David Price (5-2) and Angels righty Jered Weaver (5-0). The 103 ground balls Lowe has induced are 10 more than any other pitcher in the Majors.
Third baseman Jack Hannahan went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs on Thursday, improving his average with runners in scoring position to .440 (11-for-25). That is the second-best qualifying figure in the Majors, trailing only Seattle's Kyle Seager (.500).