CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco pitched into the sixth inning on Tuesday night and that helped power the Indians to a 2-1 lead over the visiting Detroit Tigers.
Trouble is, the bullpen faltered in the 9th inning and the Tigers took a 4-2 victory over the Tribe.
The deciding blow was a three-run homer by J.D. Martinez off closer Cody Allen.
Carrasco surrendered one run in the top of the second inning and that was the only damage done to the young right-hander. The run scored when Carrasco walked Alex Avila with the bases loaded.
The Tribe jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Carlos Santana ripped a two-run homer off Kyle Lobstein.
Carrasco exited the game with a man on, one out in the top of the 6th inning. Scott Atchison came on and Ian Kinsler singled to right to put men on the corners with one out. But Atchison got Torii Hunter to hit into a double play to get out of trouble.
The Indians and Tigers meet in game three of the series on Wednesday night.