Indians get big day from Martin, shutdown outing from Bieber in win over Tigers 4-0
DETROIT (AP) — Shane Bieber allowed three hits in seven innings, Leonys Martin homered in his return to Detroit and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 4-0 on Thursday.
Bieber (1-0) struck out six with one walk, improving to 8-0 on the road in his young career. Cleveland has won six of seven after taking two of three in this series.
Martin, traded from the Tigers to Cleveland last year, hit a solo homer in the third. He and Carlos Santana had three hits apiece for the Indians.
Spencer Turnbull (0-2) allowed three runs in four innings.
Turnbull struck out the game’s first two hitters before Jake Bauers singled, stole second and scored on Santana’s single. Martin made it 2-0 with his homer, then added an RBI single in the fourth.
Santana hit an RBI single in the seventh.
Indians: Chris Antonetti, Cleveland’s president of baseball operations, said SS Francisco Lindor (right calf) is making progress. “He’s at the point of being able to do everything baseball-wise, from taking groundballs to taking batting practice,” Antonetti said. “It’s just a question of those more aggressive movements and turns. That’s a next step.” … Antonetti said 2B Jason Kipnis (right calf) could join the team on the next trip. He said RHP Danny Salazar (right shoulder) is able to throw off a mound now, and he hopes Salazar can be an option for the Indians later this season.
Tigers: OF Nicholas Castellanos missed the game with a toe injury. … Detroit reinstated OF JaCoby Jones (left shoulder) from the injured list and designated OF Mikie Mahtook for assignment. Mahtook went hitless in 23 at-bats for the Tigers this year.
Indians: Cleveland heads to Kansas City, where Carlos Carrasco (1-1) starts for the Indians against Brad Keller (1-1) in Friday night’s series opener.
Tigers: Detroit’s game at Minnesota on Friday night already has been postponed because of expected snow. It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on May 11th.