Detroit Tigers Play Comeback To Defeat the Cleveland Indians, 9-6
By Tom Pollin
The Detroit Tigers overcame their first deficit of the season with a three runs in the seventh and four in the ninth to keep their unbeaten streak alive with a 9-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
The Tigers struck quickly in the first inning when Anthony Gose turned around the second pitch of the game, a Corey Kluber sinker, for his first home run of the season, and first leadoff homer of his career.
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Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera followed with singles to put runners on first and third with no outs. Kinsler scored when Victor Martinez then grounded into a 5-6-3 double-play to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead after a half inning.
David Price took the mound in the bottom of the first and watched his defense flash some leather to keep his season opening scoreless inning streak alive.
Shortstop Andrew Romine charged a slow bouncer from Indians leadoff man Michael Bourn and beat him to first with a quick, sidearm throw. Then Gose followed up his top-of-the-inning heroics with a diving catch of a soft line drive by Jason Kipnis to close the inning.
Price added another five-and-one-third innings to run his season-opening scoreless streak to 14 before the Indians finally caught up with him in the bottom of the sixth.
Mike Aviles and Carlos Santana sandwiched walks around a Kipnis line-out. A Price error on a force-out attempt loaded the bases for Ryan Raburn who drove in Aviles with a sacrifice fly to put the Indians on the board. Jerry Sands doubled to drive in Santana and Gomes to give Cleveland a 3-2 lead and drive Price from the game.
That lead was short lived. In the top of the seventh, with two outs and James McCann, who had pinch-hit for Alex Avila on second and Romine on first, Kinsler singled to right to tie the game at three. Cabrera and Martinez followed with singles to put the Tigers back in front 5-3.
The Tigers bullpen failed to hold the advantage in the bottom of the eighth. Al Alburquerque came in and surrendered a one-out walk, then with two outs Ian Kroll walked Brandon Moss and surrendered a two-run double to Sands to tie the game at five.
With Indians closer Cody Allen in to pitch the top of the ninth the Tigers broke the game open with four runs, the main damage done by a two-out double by Yoenis Cespedes.
Joakim Soria entered the game in a non-save situation in the bottom of the ninth and gave up a run before closing out the Indians for the final time.
On a side note, as reported by many news sources, Victor Martinez left the game after feeling a pinch in the back of his leg after the swing before his seventh inning RBI single. Martinez is currently day-to-day.