Tribe Tops Tigers, 9-6

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CLEVELAND — No lead is a safe lead lately with the Indians bullpen.

Miguel Cabrera took Tribe pitcher Corey Kluber deep in the first inning, but the
right-hander recovered to pitch six strong innings, striking out ten Tigers.

The Indians offense finally gave him some help, scoring four runs in the bottom of the 1st inning, capped by Carlos Santana’s two-run blast to right field.

Lonnie Chisenhall launched a solo shot in the 2nd inning and Kluber left with a 6-1 lead in the 7th inning.

But for the third time this week, the Indians bullpen blew a five-run lead. Torii Hunter smacked a three-run shot off Vinnie Pestano in the top of the 8th and the Tigers tied the game at 6-6.

Michael Brantley refused to let Detroit steal another win at Progressive Field. After doubling in the 1st inning and hitting a homer in the 6th, he blasted another bomb in the bottom of the 8th to give the Tribe some breathing room.

Chris Perez got some help from a double play to pick up his 9th save of the season.

The Indians won 9-6 and cut the Tigers lead to two and a half games.

The series wraps up Monday.