Late rally gives Tigers another win over Indians

Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco making his ninth start of the season retired the Tigers in order in the first inning Monday night at Comerica Park

Cleveland relief pitcher Andrew Miller adjusts his cap after giving up a bases loaded walk during the seventh inning of Tuesday night's game against the Tigers in Detroit.

The Tigers erased Cleveland's lead with their five-run seventh against Dan Otero and Miller. Jones and Pete Kozma ripped RBI doubles to tie the game.

"Really good pitchers - I mean, we're seeing some good ones - but our guys are just going out there and competing", Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Whoever's on the mound has to throw the ball over the plate", Goodrum said. "Hicks, though, was just awful". No excuse for that. "Obviously, I feel we have the ability". Detroit has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven. "We need to be a big part of this team".

Jose Ramirez hit his 13th homer of the season for Cleveland, but the AL Central-leading Indians fell back to.500 and are only two games ahead of Detroit.

The Indians loaded the bases against Tigers reliever Daniel Stumpf in the eighth, but Stumpf struck out Guyer and then got Jason Kipnis to ground into a double play to escape the threat. Guyer then crushed his homer over the left field wall to stake Cleveland to a quick 4-0 lead.

It was Guyer's first career slam and it came with two out.

Goodrum hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning and a three-run homer in the eighth, highlighting an impressive performance from a Detroit team missing some key regulars.

Candelario appeared to enjoy facing righty pitching at home past year, slashing.365/.468/.538 across 62 such plate appearances (compared to his overall season line of.283/.359/.425).

The early offense served Tomlin well, even though he gave up a leadoff homer to Jones in the first.

The Indians came back to take a 8-3 lead in the sixth. McCann hit an RBI double, and Dixon Machado's groundout knocked in a run. Ramirez is slashing.297/.387/.627 with 13 home runs, 29 RBIs, 28 runs and six stolen bases, while Lindor is slashing.316/.394/.608 with 12 homers, 26 RBIs, 35 runs and five stolen bases. He has allowed 15 homers in 31 innings. "We've just got to try to put our best swing on it". "Anytime we have a win like this, it continues to build and to reassure us that we can do it".

Davis led off the game with a single, and Detroit starter Francisco Liriano walked two of the next three batters.

Lindor, batting cleanup for injured DH Edwin Encarnacion, saw his 15-game hitting streak end as he went 0-for-2 with three walks.

Terry Francona said he has about a half-dozen of those gloves.

"I'm sure these guys love the opportunity to play", Jones said.

The Indians are 1-3 when they hit a grand slam this season. Tomlin threw 78 pitches, 54 (69 percent) for strikes.

Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer (2-3, 3.00) concludes this three-game series on Wednesday when he faces the Tigers and left-hander Ryan Carpenter (0-0, 7.36) at 1:10 p.m. SportsTime Ohio, WTAM/1100 and WMMS/FM 100.7 will carry the game. He hasn't been great - he has a 4.23 ERA while averaging barely more than five innings per start - but he's getting the job done. May. He was 1-3 with a 5.01 ERA in seven starts at Toledo.



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