Indians Fall to Tigers, 10-4
The American League Central showdown between the Indians and the Detroit Tigers was not a good one for Cleveland fans to witness Friday.
The home team extended its lead over Cleveland thanks to a 10-4 win while banging out 15 hits.
Detroit broke things open in the bottom of the fourth inning thanks to a long fly by Miguel Cabrera. The three-run homer gave Detroit a 7-2 lead and with Max Scherzer on the hill; the Tigers felt pretty confident of victory.
Nick Swisher doubled to deep right in the top of the first to give the Indians a 1-0 lead. Detroit broke into the lead in the bottom of the second inning, when Alex Avila hit a two run double.
Torii Hunter followed with a single to plate another run and Detroit was up 3-1. Prince Fielder hit a solo homer in the bottom of the third and Detroit was leading 4-1.
The Indians got one run in the top of the fourth when Carlos Santana grounded out to second, and Nick Swisher scored. It was 4-2, but things changed in the fourth inning.
In the fateful fourth, Cabrera took Kluber deep with two men on and the Tigers led 7-2. His seventh homer allowed him to extend his RBI lead in the American League. He came into the game with 37 RBI, and his .382 batting average was tops in the league.
In the fifth inning, the Tigers tacked on another run and chased Kluber. Alex Avila drove in Jhonny Peralta for an 8-2 lead.
In the top of the seventh, the Indians got two more runs, thanks to a Mark Reynolds ground out as Nick Swisher scored and a sacrifice fly by Michael Brantley.
The Tribe trailed 8-4, but Rich Hill did not help matter as he came on in the bottom of the seventh inning. He gave up a solo homer to Andy Dirks and Detroit led 9-4. In the bottom of the eighth inning, former Indian Victor Martinez singled in the tenth run.
Game two of the series is 7:05 p.m. Saturday as Ubaldo Jimenez faces Justin Verlander.
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