Brad Miller smacked one of four Cleveland home runs, scored three runs and knocked in two as the Indians stretched their winning streak to five games by cooling off the host Detroit Tigers 8-2 on Tuesday.
Ex-Tiger Leonys Martin, Jake Bauers and Roberto Perez added solo homers for Cleveland. Winning pitcher Corey Kluber (1-2) gave up two runs (one earned) on seven hits in six innings while striking out eight.
Miguel Cabrera had two hits and an RBI for the Tigers, who had their five-game winning streak snapped. Starter Jordan Zimmermann (0-1) gave up five runs (four earned) and four hits in 4 1/3 innings while serving up three of the homers.
The Indians took the lead two pitches into the game. Martin yanked a 1-0 offering from Zimmermann over the right-field wall for his first homer of the season.
The Tigers tied it in the bottom of the inning with an unearned run. Josh Harrison led off with a bloop single and advanced to third when shortstop Eric Stamets threw away Nicholas Castellanos’ grounder. Harrison scored on Niko Goodrum’s one-out single.
Cleveland made it 3-1 in the second. Tyler Naquin drilled a one-out double. Zimmermann struck out the next batter but Miller repeated Martin’s feat, pulling a slider over the right-field wall.
The Tigers loaded the bases in the bottom of the third but Kluber escaped the jam by retiring Christin Stewart on a long flyout.
Cleveland scored twice more in the fifth before Zimmermann departed. Perez led off with his first homer this season, a drive into the left-field bleachers. Miller then walked, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error and scored on Stamets’ sacrifice fly.
Detroit got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning when Castellanos singled and scored on Cabrera’s double.
Bauers led off the sixth with his homer to right to give the Indians a 6-2 lead.
Cleveland made it 8-2 in the seventh when Miller doubled and scored on Stamets’ single. Center fielder Mikie Mahtook misplayed the ball and Stamets circled the bases on the three-base error.
—Field Level Media