DETROIT (AP) — Despite another early exit by injured Miguel Cabrera, the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Friday night in a game stopped after seven innings because of rain.
Victor Martinez doubled twice and drove in two runs as the AL Central-leading Tigers opened a 7-game lead over second-place Cleveland.
Cabrera was pulled from a second straight game, this time after two innings because of irritation in his abdominal area. He struck out in his only at-bat.
Cabrera left Thursday’s game after hurting his abdomen while making an awkward slide. He has been bothered by a strained left abdominal wall for over a month and hampered by knee and shin injuries since then.
The slugger leads the majors with 130 RBIs and a .358 batting average. He also has 43 home runs.
Indians manager Terry Francona held a short meeting with his team before the game. Cleveland then lost to Detroit for the 17th time in their last 21 meetings.
Andy Dirks entered after Cabrera left and got two hits and scored twice.
Rick Porcello (11-7) allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings, walking two and striking out three. He was replaced by Al Alburquerque with the bases loaded and two out in the sixth.
Alburquerque walked Asdrubal Cabrera to force in a run and make it 5-2, but then got Yan Gomes on a grounder. Bruce Rondon combined to pitch a scoreless seventh as each allowed a hit.
Zach McAllister (7-8) gave up five runs and six hits in 3 2-3 innings.
Cleveland took a 1-0 lead in the first on a spectacular double play started by Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias. With runners on first and third and none out, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a one-hop liner that Iglesias snared with a dive to his right. He then made the throw to second baseman Omar Infante while still on the ground and rolling over.
The Tigers tied it in the second on Don Kelly’s sacrifice fly.
Detroit scored four in the third to take a 5-1 lead. Austin Jackson singled in a run and Martinez hit a bases-loaded, two-run double that eluded center fielder Michael Bourn. Alex Avila’s bases-loaded grounder drove in the other run.
NOTES: Rondon’s first warmup pitch sailed over the head of Avila, the catcher and bounced off the backstop. … Martinez in 15 for 24 (.625) in his last six games. .. The pitching matchup for Saturday night’s second game of the series is LHP Scott Kazmir (7-6, 4.25) for Cleveland against RHP Anibal Sanchez (11-7, 2.61) for Detroit.