Tony Bernazard, who hit home runs each of the previous two days, singled and doubled to play a key role in two three-run rallies as Cleveland won at home over Detroit.
Bernazard nonetheless was pulled from the game in the eighth inning and replaced at second base by Mike Fischlin, apparently for defensive purposes.
"I want to know what's going on," Bernazard said. "I've only got one error, and I made that today. He (Manager Pat Corrales) knows I don't like it."
The 1984 champion Tigers, losers for the fourth time in five outings since getting off to a 6-0 start, complained that the field was watered down too heavily. Detroit committed one error -- setting up three unearned runs -- and the Indians had four errors.
"Playing on a surface like that, you can't maneuver. It could affect the outcome of the game," said third baseman Chris Pittaro, who made the Tigers' error. Said Corrales: "The field's usually soft this time of year."
Cleveland starter Don Schulze (1-0) allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings, striking out four and walking none. Tom Waddell stranded the potential tying runs at second and third when he struck out Alan Trammell in the eighth, and went on to his fourth save.
Cleveland, which won for the fifth time in seven games after starting out 0-5, fell behind, 1-0, when John Grubb doubled and Pittaro singled in the fourth.
Pittaro mishandled Julio Franco's grounder opening the bottom of the inning, and three runs ensued. "I took my eye off the ball for a second, and that was that," said the rookie.
Detroit got a run back in the seventh. Pittaro led off with a triple and scored when Trammell, playing in his 1,000th major league game, grounded into a force-out.
Bernazard doubled in the seventh on a blooper that Trammell, at shortstop, had in his glove before tripping over center fielder Chet Lemon. Otis Nixon moved Bernazard to third on an infield single, Brett Butler doubled in a run, Nixon came home on Franco's ground out and Hall doubled in Butler for a 6-2 lead.