CLEVELAND– Danny Salazar was stellar on the hill for the Tribe on Wednesday night. He went the distance and threw his first career complete game, a shutout over the Tigers. The Tribe snapped a short skid with the 7-0 win.
Salazar allowed 8 hits, 0 runs and struck out 9 Tigers as he continues to impress in recent starts. He evened his record to 6-6 and lowered his ERA to 3.80.
Tribe bats came to his aid very early in the contest. In the bottom of the first inning, Carlos Santana ripped a two-run homer. It was the second straight night he hit a home run with a man on in the initial inning.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Lonnie Chisenhall doubled to score Jason Kipnis. Yan Gomes followed with a blooper that dropped just inside fair territory in short right field. That hit scored Chisenhall to make it 4-0.
In the bottom of the 7th inning, Michael Bourn singled up the middle to plate the 5th Indians run. Jose Ramirez ripped a double to score Bourn with the 6th run. That was enough for Tigers’ starter Justin Verlander, who was sent to the showers. Michael Brantley added to the Indian fun with an RBI single to make it 7-0.
Verlander allowed 9 hits, 7 runs during his 6 and two/thirds innings on the hill.
The final game of the series is Thursday night at Progressive Field.