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Fielder, Cabrera crush homers as Tigers roll past Indians

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DETROIT -- Before the game Friday, Jim Leyland calledMiguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder the best 3-4 combination in the lineup he's ever had.

The veteran manager's timing was perfect.

Cabrera and Fielder each hit a long home run later that night, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 10-4. Fielder's third-inning solo shot landed near the No. 42 honoring Jackie Robinson on the brick facade beyond the wall in right-center field. Cabrera's three-run homer the following inning came down below Hank Greenberg's retired No. 5 in left-center at Comerica Park.

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"I just kind of let `em play, stay out of their way. ... I think that's what you're supposed to do," Leyland said. "We're very fortunate, obviously, to have both of them."

Detroit's Max Scherzer (5-0) allowed four runs and five hits in eight innings. He struck out seven without a walk.

Corey Kluber (2-2) allowed eight runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Andy Dirks also homered for the Tigers, and Omar Infante had three hits, including two doubles. Jhonny Peralta doubled twice as well.

The Tigers trailed 1-0 before Alex Avila's two-run double in the second. Torii Hunter drove home Avila with a single to right, although he was tagged out near first base on the throw back to the infield for the last out of the inning -- preventing another run from scoring on the play.

Fielder's homer went an estimated 460 feet -- according to a Tigers' spokesman, who cited ESPN Stats and Info.

"That was unbelievable," Cabrera said. "Every time he goes to the plate, it's like we expect he's going to hit the ball so far, because we know what kind of power he has."

The Indians answered with a run in the fourth when Nick Swisher tripled and scored on Carlos Santana's groundout.

Detroit broke the game open in the bottom half. With one out, Infante hit his second double of the game and took third on Austin Jackson's single. After Hunter struck out, Cabrera hit his seventh homer of the year. The defending Triple Crown Winner has 40 RBI in 33 games in 2013.

"When you get RBI, that means people are on base, obviously," Leyland said. "We've done a good job of that for him, and he's taken advantage of that."

Avila had three RBIs on Friday -- his fifth-inning single scored Peralta to make it 8-2.

"I made too many mistakes with the cutter," Kluber said. "I left one over the plate to Cabrera, and they got a couple more hits off that exact same pitch."

Scherzer's previous start was Detroit's 17-2 victory over Houston last weekend. He received plenty of support this time, too, and he retired eight in a row after Swisher's triple.

"That's one of the best pitchers in the game, and we got four runs off him, so that's pretty good," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He just pounds the strike zone and then he's got the wipe-out changeup, so you aren't going to get much off him without scratching and clawing. I wish we had gotten 10 off him, but that's not too likely."

Cleveland, which entered the day with a major league-leading 49 homers, didn't hit any Friday. The Indians did scratch out a couple runs in the seventh on an RBI groundout by Mark Reynolds and a sacrifice fly by Michael Brantley.

Dirks hit a solo homer down the line in right in the bottom of the seventh to make it 9-4, and Victor Martinez hit a run-scoring single in the eighth.

Notes

  • Scherzer threw 103 pitches. He has never thrown a complete game.
  • The Tigers have won 29 of their last 37 games against Cleveland at Comerica.
  • Avila was only able to advance from second to third on Infante's bloop double in the second -- second baseman Jason Kipnis almost caught the ball, so Avila had to stay near second.
  • Detroit ace Justin Verlander (4-2) faces Cleveland's Ubaldo Jimenez (2-2) on Saturday night.
 
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Miguel Cabrera's three-run homer lands right below Hank Greenberg's retired No. 5 in Comerica Park.  (Getty Images)
Miguel Cabrera's three-run homer lands right below Hank Greenberg's retired No. 5 in Comerica Park. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

N. Swisher
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4000010 .306
Jason Kipnis, 2B4110010 .222
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4010011 .222
Nick Swisher, DH4231010 .275
Carlos Santana, C4111001 .354
Mark Reynolds, 1B3001020 .283
Michael Brantley, LF2001000 .296
Drew Stubbs, RF3000010 .257
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B3000010 .227
Totals3146408  
Batting
2B - Jason Kipnis (5, Scherzer), Nick Swisher (7, Scherzer), Carlos Santana (10, Scherzer)
3B - Nick Swisher (1, Scherzer)
SF - Michael Brantley (1)
RBI - Nick Swisher (13), Carlos Santana (16), Mark Reynolds (30), Michael Brantley (12)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Swisher (7)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Drew Stubbs 1
E - Lonnie Chisenhall (3, Misplayed grounder), Carlos Santana (1, Dropped fly)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Corey Kluber (L,2-2) 4.21188242 5.64
Bryan Shaw 0.2200010 1.17
Nick Hagadone 0.2000020 2.08
Rich Hill 1111021 3.52
Matt Albers 1110110 4.22
WP - Matt Albers (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Corey Kluber 91-55, Bryan Shaw 13-10, Nick Hagadone 14-9, Rich Hill 21-12, Matt Albers 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Corey Kluber 1-8, Bryan Shaw 1-0, Matt Albers 2-1
Batters Faced - Corey Kluber 26, Bryan Shaw 4, Nick Hagadone 2, Rich Hill 4, Matt Albers 6
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF4210114 .281
Torii Hunter, RF5011013 .338
Miguel Cabrera, 3B5123022 .382
Prince Fielder, 1B4111112 .298
Victor Martinez, DH4111111 .218
Andy Dirks, LF5121003 .244
Jhonny Peralta, SS4220021 .323
Alex Avila, C4123020 .202
Omar Infante, 2B4130000 .319
Totals39101510310  
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera (9, Shaw), Jhonny Peralta 2 (8, Kluber, Kluber), Alex Avila (2, Kluber), Omar Infante 2 (5, Kluber, Kluber)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (7, Kluber), Prince Fielder (9, Kluber), Andy Dirks (3, Hill)
RBI - Torii Hunter (17), Miguel Cabrera 3 (40), Prince Fielder (33), Victor Martinez (15), Andy Dirks (8), Alex Avila 3 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Torii Hunter (5), Miguel Cabrera 3 (21), Victor Martinez (5), Alex Avila (1)
SB - Andy Dirks (4, 2nd base off Kluber/Santana)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Torii Hunter 1
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Max Scherzer (W,5-0) 8544070 3.61
Joaquin Benoit 1100010 1.65
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 103-69, Joaquin Benoit 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 7-10
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 29, Joaquin Benoit 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37547
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor