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Price, Cabrera lead Tigers to 12-1 rout of Indians

By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer
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CLEVELAND (AP) David Price would like to forget everything about Aug. 27, maybe the ugliest game of his career.

He erased some it from his memory.

Price bounced back from an alarming start and Miguel Cabrera homered twice, hitting one of Detroit's three homers off Cleveland's Corey Kluber, as the Tigers rolled to a 12-1 win on Monday to slow the Indians' climb in the standings.

Price (13-10) gave up one run and eight hits in seven innings, more of a typical performance by the left-hander than what happened last week when he allowed nine consecutive hits to New York in one inning and eight runs over two.

Price called it ''probably the worst game I've ever had in my life.''

But he was more like himself against the sleepy Indians, who had won six of seven to get within 3 1/2 games of first in the AL Central.

''It felt a lot better than five days ago,'' Price said. ''That left a bad taste in my mouth.''

Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Kluber (13-9) and Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez connected for consecutive shots in the third off Cleveland's ace. Cabrera, who has been slowed by a sore right ankle, homered again in the eighth off rookie Bryan Price.

''He's not running real good, but I'm not sure it matters when you're jogging,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said of Cabrera. ''His bat's not broken.''

Rookie Tyler Collins hit his first major league homer, a three-run shot in the ninth, as the Tigers pounded out a season-high 20 hits.

The Indians didn't arrive home until 3:15 a.m. after their Sunday night game in Kansas City was suspended in the 10th inning because of storms. Price never let them wake up, improving to 2-2 since joining the Tigers, who acquired him on July 31 and plugged him into their stable of strong starters.

Price stuck to his schedule since the debacle against the Yankees.

''I try to stay on an even keel,'' he said. ''I'm huge on routines. I didn't do anything and it paid off for me.''

Cabrera gave the Tigers a 2-0 with his 18th homer - and first since Aug. 2. Ian Kinsler led off with a soft liner down the right-field line that outfielder Mike Aviles missed with a poorly timed dive, playing what should have been a single into a triple.

One out later, Cabrera drilled his homer over the left-field wall.

''It was good to see Miggy do that,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. ''It's been a while. Who knows, maybe this is a flash point for him.''

Cabrera has worn out Kluber during his career, batting .567 with four homers and nine RBIs.

Kluber induced inning-ending double plays to end the first and second, but wasn't so fortunate in the third when Aviles couldn't help him again.

Cabrera hit a sinking liner with two outs that Aviles didn't see initially and had bounce off his glove. Victor Martinez followed by a hitting on 0-2 pitch over the wall in right-center for his 28th homer. J.D. Martinez then hit his 18th to make it 5-1.

Kluber was pulled one batter later, going just 2 2-3 innings, his shortest outing this season. He's lost three straight starts after going 6-0 over eight starts.

''They're good hitters and you make mistakes to them they usually take advantage of it,'' Kluber said.

BIGGY MIGGY: Cabrera has 29 career multihomer games, and his 384th homer ties him with Harold Baines on the career list. Cabrera has 20 homers at Progressive Field, the most by any opposing player in the ballpark's 20-year history.

MOTOWN MILESTONE: Tigers rookie Steve Moya got a hit in his first major league at-bat, singling in the ninth. Moya hit 35 home runs at Erie and was named Eastern League MVP this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Anibal Sanchez, who hasn't pitched since Aug. 8 because of a strained chest muscle, has made progress but isn't ready to come back. He had a setback while throwing on Aug. 26 and the Tigers are being extra cautious.

UP NEXT

Injuries forced the Tigers to use nine starters in August and Tuesday left-hander Kyle Lobstein will make his second career start against Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco, who has yet to lose in four starts since rejoining Cleveland's rotation.

 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 4
H 4
HR 2
RBI 3
Detroit

D. Price
IP 7.0
H 8
ER 1
BB 2
K 8
 

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Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5120000.281.314.423
   a-Hernan Perez, PH-2B11100001.0001.0001.000
Torii Hunter, RF5000015.278.315.445
   b-Steven Moya, PH-RF11100001.0001.0001.000
Miguel Cabrera, DH5443010.304.367.501
   c-Tyler Collins, PH-DH1113000.200.250.400
Victor Martinez, 1B3222200.329.400.563
   Don Kelly, PR-1B1100000.257.344.299
J.D. Martinez, LF4121120.307.348.550
Nick Castellanos, 3B5030014.266.313.412
Alex Avila, C4022112.224.327.371
   James McCann, C0000000.000.000.000
Eugenio Suarez, SS5011015.248.322.355
Ezequiel Carrera, CF5010002.273.298.364
David Price, P0000000.000.000.000
   Al Alburquerque, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jim Johnson, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals4512201247    
a-singled for Kinsler in the 9th
b-singled for Hunter in the 9th
c-homered for Cabrera in the 9th
Batting
2B - Victor Martinez (27, McAllister)
3B - Ian Kinsler (4, Kluber)
HR - Miguel Cabrera 2 (19, Kluber), Tyler Collins (1, Adams), Victor Martinez (28, Kluber), J.D. Martinez (18, Kluber)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera 3 (94), Tyler Collins 3 (3), Victor Martinez 2 (90), J.D. Martinez (60), Alex Avila 2 (42), Eugenio Suarez (19)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera (38), Victor Martinez 2 (34), J.D. Martinez (26), Alex Avila (13)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Suarez-Kinsler-Martinez
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Price (W,13-10) 7811280 3.25
Al Alburquerque 1000010 2.55
Jim Johnson 1000020 7.23
HBP - Chisenhall (by Jim Johnson)
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 105-71, Al Alburquerque 14-12, Jim Johnson 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 5-7, Jim Johnson 1-0
Batters Faced - David Price 30, Al Alburquerque 3, Jim Johnson 4
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Michael Bourn, CF4020002.267.323.380
   Tyler Holt, CF1000011.303.343.333
Jose Ramirez, SS4000033.252.294.319
Michael Brantley, LF3110103.310.369.495
   Roberto Perez, C0000000.259.306.362
Carlos Santana, 1B4011013.229.364.424
Yan Gomes, C3000011.289.327.476
   Chris Dickerson, RF1000010.224.309.327
Jason Kipnis, 2B4010010.248.317.343
Mike Aviles, RF1000000.245.270.334
   Zach Walters, RF-LF3010011.190.248.467
Jesus Aguilar, DH2000112.167.304.167
   a-Jason Giambi, PH-DH1000010.125.208.271
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B3020000.299.363.465
Corey Kluber, P0000000.200.200.200
   Kyle Crockett, P0000000.000.000.000
   Zach McAllister, P0000000.500.500.500
   Nick Hagadone, P0000000.000.000.000
   Bryan Price, P0000000.000.000.000
   Austin Adams, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals34181211    
a-struck out for Aguilar in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Santana (22, Price), Lonnie Chisenhall (26, Price)
RBI - Carlos Santana (66)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Santana (26)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Ramirez-Kipnis-Santana, Ramirez-Kipnis-Santana-Kipnis-Ramirez-Santana, Ramirez-Kipnis-Santana-Kipnis-Ramirez-Santana-Ramirez-Santana
E - Lonnie Chisenhall (17, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Corey Kluber (L,13-9) 2.2755223 2.72
Kyle Crockett 0.1000000 1.80
Zach McAllister 3.1522140 5.89
Nick Hagadone 0.2200000 1.33
Bryan Price 1322101 18.00
Austin Adams 1333011 14.54
IBB - Martinez by Zach McAllister
HBP - Martinez (by Bryan Price)
Pitches-Strikes - Corey Kluber 57-38, Kyle Crockett 4-3, Zach McAllister 56-35, Nick Hagadone 10-6, Bryan Price 29-16, Austin Adams 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Corey Kluber 3-1, Kyle Crockett 1-0, Zach McAllister 5-2, Nick Hagadone 1-0, Bryan Price 2-1
Batters Faced - Corey Kluber 15, Kyle Crockett 1, Zach McAllister 17, Nick Hagadone 3, Bryan Price 8, Austin Adams 6
Game Information
Attendance - 23296
Game Time - 3:31
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Tom Woodring, Third Base - Chad Fairchild