Indians thump rebuilding Tigers to finish sweep

Indians thump rebuilding Tigers to finish sweep

The Detroit Tigers threw up the white flag on the season and went into rebuilding mode with a pair of big trades late Thursday, and the Cleveland Indians immediately started taking advantage.

The Tigers are 0-4 since trading stars Justin Verlander and Justin Upton.

While the first game was close, the second was anything but that.

Kluber (14-4) gave up one run and eight hits, striking out seven without walking a batter.

Jose Ramirez hit one of the more unusual home runs you'll ever see in the first inning Sunday against the Detroit at Comerica Park.

This was Ramirez's third game with home runs from both sides of the plate this year, which set a franchise record, and his 74 extra-base hits leads the Majors.

The AL Central-leading Indians won the opener 3-2 on Francisco Lindor's tiebreaking single in the ninth inning. He lasted four innings, giving up five runs and eight hits. Gallardo labored through his start against the Athletics on Saturday, expending 80 pitches in three innings and allowing two runs on five hits and two walks before getting lifted for Casey Lawrence in the fourth.

Astros 12, Mets 8, 1st Game; Astros 4, Mets 1, 2nd Game: George Springer had three hits, and Houston swept a doubleheader in its first games at home since the city was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Solarte's first career walk-off homer came off Pedro Baez (3-3).

No matter which pitcher the Mariners decide on, they're already pushing toward a record-breaking number of pitchers used in a single season, with 39.

Pitching for Cleveland will be Josh Tomlin (7-9, 5.38 ERA), while Detroit will turn to Chad Bell (0-1, 5.48).

The first game of the double header certainly didn't lack in quality, as Matthew Boyd fired off five innings of one-run ball.

Ramirez blasted a two-run home run off Reininger, as well. Brian Dozier added a three-run homer and Byron Buxton went 3-for-5 with three runs, making starter Kyle Gibson (9-10) as comfortable as possible over six scoreless innings to help the Twins improve to 21-10 since August 2.

Kershaw (16-2) hadn't started since July 23, when he was pulled after two innings with a strained lower back that landed him on the disabled list.

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