Cleveland at Detroit

W: T. Bauer (4-4) L: A. Sanchez (6-4)
HR: CLE - J. Kipnis (4),A. Cabrera (9),J. Kipnis (5)   DET - None

Indians score seven in seventh to blast past Tigers wire reports

DETROIT -- Jason Kipnis sprinted around the bases after hitting each of his two homers, forgetting how it felt to trot after hitting the ball well enough to clear the fences.

Kipnis hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer and added a solo shot in the ninth to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3 on Friday night.

He began the game without a home run since April 21.

"I haven't even done it (in) BP I feel like for two months," Kipnis said.

After Kipnis' tiebreaking homer, Asdrubal Cabrera sent the next pitch over the right-field fence to cap a seven-run seventh inning that helped Cleveland come back from a 3-0 deficit in the opener of a four-game series against the AL Central-leading Tigers.

Cleveland has scored 61 runs this season in the seventh inning, producing more than it has in any other inning.

"As long as we score before we have to go home," Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Trevor Bauer (4-4) gave up three runs on six hits over six innings.

"He kept us in the game," Francona said.

Detroit's Anibal Sanchez (6-4) retired the first seven batters he faced and had a 3-0 lead. He ended up giving up four runs, six hits, walking one and striking out seven in an uneven performance.

"I think he just got tired, actually," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "I don't know if it was the time off or whatever reason, it just looked to me like he got tired. The ball got up in the zone. He was real crisp up until that point. It was almost like he hit a wall."

The Tigers won 17 of 23 games going into the All-Star break.

Cleveland has won seven of its last 10 games to move a game over .500, pulling into a second-place tie with Kansas City, trailing the Tigers by 6 1/2 games.

"We've had guys struggling in the first half, it's been a surprise, but I don't think anybody's mad about being at .500 in the first half," Kipnis said. "And if you have a great second half, I don't think anybody's going to be too mad about how we did in the first half, so that's what we're concentrating on."

The Indians chased Sanchez in the seventh when Nick Swisher hit a bases-loaded, two-run single with no outs.

"He gives you some pitches to hit, but not many, and guys did a good job of being patient," Kipnis said.

Al Alburquerque later entered the inning with two runners in scoring position and was working his way out of the jam with two strikeouts. He had a 1-2 count against Kipnis, whose fourth homer of the season gave Cleveland a 6-3 lead.

Indians reliever Scott Atchison got Austin Jackson to hit into an inning-ending double play in the seventh.

After both starters pitched two perfect innings, the Indians had a hit in the third and the Tigers had two and scored a run in the home half.

Detroit loaded the bases with one out and Bauer got out of the jam, allowing one run on Ian Kinsler's sacrifice fly and getting Miguel Cabrera to hit an inning-ending fly.

Torii Hunter hit an RBI double in the fourth, stole third and scored on catcher Yan Gomes' throwing error, giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead. They potentially could have scored another run in the inning, but J.D. Martinez was thrown out at home trying to score from first base on Hunter's double.

The Tigers had designated hitter Victor Martinez in the lineup for the first time since July 4. He had been out with a strained lower right side, an ailment that led to him missing the All-Star game.


Francona, a week after LeBron James announced he was coming home, was asked if he has bought Cavaliers tickets. "I'm in the process of it. There seems to be a little bit more of a waiting list now," he said. ... Indians CF Michael Brantley had four hits, matching a career high that he last tied earlier this year against Detroit. ... Cleveland recalled RHP Chen-Chang Lee from Triple A-Columbus, bolstering their bullpen. Lee fills the roster spot created when RHP Zach McAllister was optioned to Columbus, but McAllister is scheduled to pitch in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader in Detroit against RHP Max Scherzer. Detroit RHP Drew VerHagen is set to make his major league debut Saturday afternoon against Cleveland RHP Corey Kluber.

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Jason Kipnis hits two home runs for the Indians, including a tiebreaking, three-run shot in the seventh inning. (USATSI)
Jason Kipnis hits two home runs for the Indians, including a tiebreaking, three-run shot in the seventh inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

J. Kipnis
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2

M. Brantley
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0

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Jason Kipnis, 2B5224001.257
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS5111020.250
Michael Brantley, CF5240000.329
Carlos Santana, 1B4110102.208
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B3110211.328
Nick Swisher, DH5123021.211
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   a-Ryan Raburn, PH-RF3121002.208
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Chris Dickerson, LF3000033.400
   b-Mike Aviles, PH-LF1000002.269
Trevor Bauer, P0000000.000
   Scott Atchison, P0000000.000
   Bryan Shaw, P0000000.000
   Cody Allen, P0000000.000
a-doubled for Murphy in the 7th
b-grounded out for Dickerson in the 8th
2B - Michael Brantley (23, Smith), Nick Swisher (16, Smith), Ryan Raburn 2 (6, Krol)
HR - Jason Kipnis 2 (5, Alburquerque), Asdrubal Cabrera (9, Alburquerque)
RBI - Jason Kipnis 4 (28), Asdrubal Cabrera (38), Nick Swisher 3 (39), Ryan Raburn (18)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Kipnis 3 (14), Asdrubal Cabrera (5), Nick Swisher (17)
SB - Michael Brantley (11, 2nd base off Sanchez/Avila)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - David Murphy 1
DP - A. Cabrera-Kipnis-Santana
E - Yan Gomes (12, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
Trevor Bauer (W,4-4) 6633150 3.89
Scott Atchison 1100100 2.85
Bryan Shaw 1200010 2.64
Cody Allen 1200010 2.11
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Bauer 101-67, Scott Atchison 19-13, Bryan Shaw 12-10, Cody Allen 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Bauer 4-8, Scott Atchison 1-1, Bryan Shaw 2-0
Batters Faced - Trevor Bauer 24, Scott Atchison 4, Bryan Shaw 5, Cody Allen 5
Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson, CF4000113.253
Ian Kinsler, 2B4001002.300
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4020002.308
Victor Martinez, DH4120021.330
J.D. Martinez, LF4010023.344
Torii Hunter, RF4111013.271
Nick Castellanos, 3B3110100.262
Alex Avila, C4020001.235
Eugenio Suarez, SS4020012.275
Anibal Sanchez, P0000000.500
   Ian Krol, P0000000.000
   Al Alburquerque, P0000000.000
   Blaine Hardy, P0000000.000
   Phil Coke, P0000000.000
   Chad Smith, P0000000.000
2B - Torii Hunter (17, Bauer), Nick Castellanos (21, Bauer), Alex Avila (15, Allen)
SF - Ian Kinsler (5)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (52), Torii Hunter (53)
SB - Miguel Cabrera (1, 2nd base off Bauer/Gomes), Torii Hunter (4, 2nd base off Bauer/Gomes)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Suarez-Cabrera, Suarez-Cabrera-Suarez-Kinsler-Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
Anibal Sanchez (L,6-4) 6644170 3.22
Ian Krol (BS,2) 0111000 4.78
Al Alburquerque 0.2222022 3.38
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Phil Coke 1100200 4.46
Chad Smith 1322101 5.40
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 6-4, Phil Coke 2-0
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 24, Ian Krol 1, Al Alburquerque 4, Blaine Hardy 2, Phil Coke 5, Chad Smith 7
Game Information
Attendance - 42255
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Mark Carlson