Big fifth inning lifts Tigers over Indians 7-3
CLEVELAND (AP) — David Price allowed one run in 6 2-3 innings and Detroit scored six times in the fifth to continue its dominance over the Cleveland Indians with a 7-3 win on Tuesday night.
The Tigers are 9-2 against the Indians and have won all five games at Progressive Field this season. Detroit is 20-5 in Cleveland over the past three seasons.
Price (7-2) scattered nine hits and struck out seven. The left-hander is 9-1 in his last 11 starts against Cleveland, including a shutout at Comerica Park on June 12.
Miguel Cabrera was 2 for 5 and is hitting .619 (26 for 42) with five homers and 16 RBIs in the season series. He’s 15 for 22 in five games in Cleveland.
Ironically, Cabrera’s weak tapper with the bases loaded in the fifth helped turn the game in Detroit’s favor. Danny Salazar (6-3) committed an error on the apparent inning-ending double play grounder that broke a 1-all tie.
Victor Martinez’s RBI single, Yoenis Cespedes’ two-run single and Nick Castellanos’ two-run double completed the scoring.
Jason Kipnis was 4 for 5 with an RBI and extended his hitting streak to 18 games for the Indians, who have lost 11 of 16 at home.
Detroit loaded the bases with one out in the fifth. Kevin Romine, who homered in the third, led off with a double before Salazar walked Rajai Davis and Ian Kinsler with one out.
Pitching coach Mickey Callaway visited the mound and was ejected by plate umpire Eric Cooper on his way back to the dugout for questioning the strike zone. Manager Terry Francona had heated words with Cooper but remained in the game.
The inning proceeded to get worse for the Indians. Salazar fielded Cabrera’s tapper to the left of the mound, but the ball slipped out of his hand as he began to throw home and everyone was safe.
Martinez’s bloop single and Cespedes’ double finished Salazar, who allowed seven runs in 4 1-3 innings. Castellanos doubled off Zach McAllister.
Indians: C Yan Gomes (sore neck) didn’t start for the fourth time in five games. Francona said Gomes, 0 for 12 with six strikeouts lifetime against Price, took batting practice and might play Wednesday.
Tigers: RHP Justin Verlander makes his third start of the season in the series finale. He allowed two runs in five innings against the Indians in his season debut on June 19.
Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco, who has won four of his last six outings, is 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA in two starts against Detroit this season.