The Detroit Tigers headed to the Buckeye State for a four game set against the Cleveland Indians, beginning Monday.
Heading into this contest, the Tigers (74-62), sat a 1/2 a game back from the Kansas City Royals for the top of the AL Central. The Indians weren’t far behind as they sat 3.5 games back from KC.
The Tigers sent David Price to the mound Monday night. Price’s last start was the worst of his career; giving up 8 runs on 12 hits to the New York Yankees in only 2 innings. Heading into the game, Price’s ERA was 3.32, the highest it’s been since being acquired by Detroit at the trade deadline.
Corey Kluber started for the Tribe, and to say the least he is having a spectacular season. A 13-8 record with 213 S ‘s and only 54 ER’s in 192 IP, Cluber is putting together a season worthy of Cy Young consideration.
The Tigers started things off with a bang as Kinsler lead off the game with a triple on account of a Mike Aviles misplay. Torii Hunter then struck out. Miguel Cabrera stepped to the plate and belted a line drive 2-run HR, giving the Tigers an early lead. Nick Castellanos then ended the inning by grounding into a double play with runners on 1st and 2nd.
David Price counteracted Kluber, giving up a single to Michael Brantley, whom was then driven in by a Carlos Santana double. That double, by the way, bounced out of Ezeqiel Carerra’s glove at the warning track. No further damage was done; Tigers led 2-1 going into the 2nd.
Things stayed relatively quiet until the top of the 3rd. Victor Martinez hit a 2 run shot off Kluber, giving the Tigers a 4-1 lead.
JD Martinez then hit a solo HR a few pitches later. Kluber was the pulled after surrendering 5 runs in just 3 innings, it’s the most runs he’s allowed since his first start this season on April 2nd.
From there, things only got worst for the Indians as they gave up 2 runs in both the 7th and 8th innings and 3 in the 9th.
The Tigers collected 20 hits in total, including five homers. One of those homers came from newly called up Tyler Collins.
And even better news, Miguel Cabrera, whom has had health issues lately, hit two HR’s tonight.
This win brought David Price’s ERA down to 3.25.
The Tigers take on the Indians tomorrow; Kyle Lobstein will take the mound for Detroit while Carlos Carrasco will start for the Tribe.