CLEVELAND, Ohio — Miguel Cabrera’s line driver homer in the sixth inning off Corey Kluber helped the Tigers win for just the second time in six games Tuesday.
The 5-1 Detroit win snapped a five-game Cleveland win streak.
The defending AL champions also moved within 1 1-2 games of the first-place Indians, who have won 18 of 23 since April 28.
Coming into the game, the Indians were 20-3 when they scored the first run.
On this night, the Tribe scored first on a Michael Brantley sacrifice fly to take a 1-0 lead. However, the Indians could not get anything going after that frame as Max Scherzer was outstanding in his eight innings on the hill.
Scherzer (6-0) gave up two singles and that sacrifice fly before slamming the door on the red hot Tribe.
Andy Dirks hit a solo homer in the sixth and had two RBIs as Detroit won the first game of the short, showdown series.
Miguel Cabrera gave the Tigers all the offense they needed when he hit a two-run homer for the 3-1 lead. Detroit went on to win by four.
Justin Verlander, the former Cy Young Award winner who has been beaten by Cleveland this year, will go on Wednesday night.
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