Simon pitches 7 strong innings as Tigers beat Indians 6-0

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DETROIT — Alfredo Simon pitched seven strong innings and J.D. Martinez homered as the slumping Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 6-0 Saturday night.

Detroit had lost seven of its previous eight games and was outscored 71-21 in that stretch.

Simon (12-9) became the first Tigers pitcher besides Justin Verlander to win a game since his own one-hit shutout of the Rangers on Aug. 20. This time, he didn’t allow a hit until the sixth and only gave up two hits while walking four.

Simon allowed 14 runs in 9 1-3 innings in two starts between his wins over Texas and Cleveland. Despite his winning record, he is tied for the major league lead with seven starts allowing six-plus runs.

Danny Salazar (12-8) lasted 3 2-3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk.