Indians win 11th in row, Tigers get shelled 11-1
DETROIT (AP) — Jose Ramirez tied a major league record with five extra-base hits, including a pair of home runs that deflected off Detroit outfielders, and the Cleveland Indians routed the Tigers 11-1 Sunday for their 11th straight victory.
Ramirez had three doubles in becoming the 13th player with five extra-base hits in a game. Kris Bryant of the Cubs did it last year, and the previous Cleveland player to accomplish the feat was Kelly Shoppach in 2008.
The AL Central-leading Indians have their longest winning streak since a team-record 14-game run last year. They outscored the Tigers 29-5 while posting their first four-game sweep in Detroit.
Ramirez went 5 for 5, driving in three runs and scoring three. Earlier this summer, the Cleveland infielder became the first big leaguer to get 14 extra-base hits during a seven-game game.
Ramirez hit a strange solo homer in the first. The ball hit the yellow padding on top of the left-field fence, popped straight in the air and bounced off the padding and back into play. As left fielder Mikie Mahtook tried to grab the ball with his bare hand, he knocked over the fence.
In the sixth, right fielder Alex Presley reached above the fence for Ramirez’s drive and ball bounced out of his glove and over the wall.
Ramirez hit a leadoff double in the eighth and Giovanny Urshela pinch ran. Urshela batted in the ninth.
Josh Tomlin (8-9) returned from the disabled list, giving up one run on six hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Chad Bell (0-2) allowed five runs on eight hits over four-plus innings in his first major league start.
Ramirez also doubled in the third inning and the fifth.
Francisco Lindor hit his 26th home run, breaking the Indians’ record for homers by a shortstop set by Asdrubal Cabrera.
Indians: Tomlin was making his first start since leaving his July 30 outing after four innings with a strained hamstring. . CF Bradley Zimmer did not play after banging his head while attempting a diving catch Saturday night.
Tigers: RHP Anibal Sanchez (hamstring) is scheduled to return to the rotation on Tuesday, while LHP Daniel Norris (groin) will work out of the bullpen.
The Tigers fell 20 games under .500 for the first time since finishing the 2005 season at 71-91.
Indians: Cleveland travels to Chicago for a four-game series with the White Sox. Trevor Bauer (14-8, 4.46) is scheduled to start Monday’s opener against James Shields (2-5, 5.72). Bauer is currently on a career-best seven-game winning streak.
Tigers: Detroit finishes a seven-game homestand with a three-game series starting Monday afternoon against Kansas City. Artie Lewicki will start for the Tigers in his major league debut, facing Jakob Junis (6-2, 4.41).