CLEVELAND– The Detroit Tigers seem to have the Cleveland Indians’ number this season.
The Tigers hit three home runs to beat the Tribe 9-4 for the 7th straight time this season.
The Indians did not get a quality start from starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco, who lasted just 3.1 innings, gave up 10 hits and 6 earned runs.
Nick Swisher and Ryan Rayburn both homered for the Indians in the loss.
Cleveland is now 3.5 games behind Detroit in the Central Division standings.
After the game, the Indians held a brief players’ meeting to address the team’s latest woes.
“We’re definitely not intimidated by them,” Jason Kipnis said. “We’ve just come out flat the last couple days and we’re looking to change that. The pressure’s not really on us; it’s got to be on them and that’s the way we’ve got to approach it.”
During the game, Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis and Justin Masterson were named to the MLB All-Star game on July 16 in New York at Citi Field.
It will be the first All-Star Game for both players