Indians win 15th straight over Tigers with 7-2 victory

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians' dominance of Detroit is reaching a historic level.

Cleveland beat the Tigers for the 15th straight time, a 7-2 victory Tuesday night that improved the Indians to 16-1 in the season series - with a loss at Comerica Park

With two more games left in the series this week, the Indians have a chance to match their team record for consecutive wins against a team in one season, set against Baltimore from May 21-Sept. 6, 1954. Just what the Indians need.

Cleveland closed within a half-game of Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card and remained five games behind Minnesota in the AL Central.

''We've got to keep battling,'' rookie Oscar Mercado said after homering. ''We have a chance to do something special. We can't get down on ourselves and think about how luck hasn't been on our side.''

Adam Plutko (7-4) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings his first win since he beat Detroit on Aug. 27. He is 4-0 against the Tigers, including three victories this season.

Mercado hit a solo drive off Zac Reininger (0-3) in the second for his 12th homer. Jordan Luplow's pinch-hit triple in the third drove in two runs, and Roberto Perez also had two hits and two RBIs.

Mercado, called up from Triple-A Columbus in May, is batting .282 and has brought stability to a team that's played through adversity.

''Everything just feels good right now,'' he said. ''My confidence is pretty high. I'm trying to ride it out as long as I can.''

Reininger started in place of Matthew Boyd, who is away from the team for personal reasons. Reininger was charged with four runs in two-plus innings.

''We were hoping for Reiny to give us three innings, but he got into some trouble in the third, so that didn't happen,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''It was kind of survival after that.''

Dawel Lugo homered in the fifth for Detroit. Victor Reyes singled in a run in the third.

OUT

Indians 2N Jason Kipnis will miss the rest of the season with a broken right hand. He is expected to have surgery in the next few days.

Andrew Velazquez, called up from the minors to replace Kipnis, made a long run to catch Lugo's foul popup in the second. Velazquez hung on to the ball after banging into the stands. Kipnis, wearing a brace on his hand, clapped in the dugout following the play.

Velazquez, recalled from Triple-A Columbus before the game, struck out in all four at-bats, but also started a double play in the seventh. The 25-year-old was acquired from the Rays on July 3.

''It was exciting to see,'' Plutko said. ''He really saved us a couple of times.''

SCRATCHED

Franmil Reyes was scratched as Cleveland's designated hitter because he's dealing with a family matter.

IT'S NOT EASY

Tigers C Grayson Greiner admitted the losing ways against the Indians and the season in general has been tough.

''It always stings losing,'' he said. ''It's the worst feeling in our profession. It doesn't matter who you're going against.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: 3B Jeimer Candelario (bruised triceps) was scratched, one day after being hit by a pitch.

Indians: LHP Brad Hand is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday. He hasn't pitched since Sept. 8 with what the team says is a tired arm.

UP NEXT

Tigers: RHP Spencer Turnbull (3-15, 4.77 ERA) leads the majors in losses going into Wednesday's start. The rookie is 0-11 over 15 starts since beating Atlanta on May 31.

Indians: Rookie RHP Aaron Civale (3-3, 1.93 ERA) is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts against Detroit.

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CLE88-63
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  • W: A. Plutko (7-4)L: Z. Reininger (0-3)
  • HR: DET - D. Lugo (6), CLE - O. Mercado (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
V. Reyes RF40110011.302.335.427.7611.5
H. Castro CF40000012.301.316.394.711-0.5
M. Cabrera DH30000121.283.349.391.7400.0
G. Beckham PR-DH00000000.215.273.364.6372.0
C. Stewart LF30000000.245.321.411.7321.0
J. Mercer 2B30000112.277.317.454.7710.5
R. Rodriguez 1B30000122.213.244.434.6780.0
D. Lugo 3B31111002.238.268.381.6486.0
G. Greiner C31200010.209.262.325.5873.5
W. Castro SS20000102.222.288.278.5651.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS50000011.290.340.531.871-0.5
    O. Mercado CF52211020.282.331.448.7798.0
    C. Santana 1B43100110.280.398.527.9255.5
    Y. Puig RF50310012.260.319.454.7744.5
    J. Bauers DH10000001.229.313.380.6930.0
    a- J. Luplow PH-DH31220110.282.371.550.9218.5
    G. Allen LF40110103.235.296.362.6584.0
    M. Freeman 3B31100124.274.371.404.7762.0
    R. Perez C30220100.240.324.460.7846.0
    A. Velazquez 2B40000045.063.063.125.188-2.0
    • a-tripled for Bauers in the 3rd
    BATTING
    • 2B - G. Greiner (5)
    • HR - D. Lugo (6)
    • RBI - V. Reyes (20), D. Lugo (25)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Castro, M. Cabrera, R. Rodriguez (31), D. Lugo
    BATTING
    • 2B - O. Mercado (24), C. Santana (29), Y. Puig (26), J. Luplow (15), G. Allen (9), R. Perez (9)
    • 3B - J. Luplow
    • HR - O. Mercado (12)
    • RBI - O. Mercado (43), Y. Puig (78), J. Luplow 2 (36), G. Allen (27), R. Perez 2 (60)
    • 2-Out RBI - Y. Puig (33), G. Allen (6), R. Perez (27)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor (41), J. Bauers (39), G. Allen 2 (36), M. Freeman 2 (14), A. Velazquez 2 (5)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - G. Beckham (3)
    FIELDING
    • E - D. Lugo (4)
    • PB - G. Greiner (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Lindor-Santana; Velazquez-Lindor-Santana; Freeman-Velazquez-Santana)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Reininger (L, 0-3)2.05441219.002.15-8.0
    N. Ramirez1.23212204.261.43-2.0
    J. Schreiber2.10001407.001.677.0
    G. Soto2.04111405.861.832.0
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Reininger (L, 0-3)2.0
    N. Ramirez1.2
    J. Schreiber2.1
    G. Soto2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Plutko (W, 7-4)6.04221614.341.2224.0
    A. Cimber1.00001104.281.302.5
    T. Clippard1.00001102.820.822.5
    C. Carrasco1.00001005.381.342.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Plutko (W, 7-4)6.0
    A. Cimber1.0
    T. Clippard1.0
    C. Carrasco1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Reininger 46-29, N. Ramirez 49-30, J. Schreiber 36-23, G. Soto 48-29
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Reininger 3-1, N. Ramirez 2-2, G. Soto 1-1
    • Batters Faced - Z. Reininger 12, N. Ramirez 11, J. Schreiber 8, G. Soto 11
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Carrasco (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 87-62, A. Cimber 11-6, T. Clippard 16-10, C. Carrasco 19-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 6-5, A. Cimber 1-0, C. Carrasco 2-0
    • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 22, A. Cimber 3, T. Clippard 4, C. Carrasco 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    V. Reyes RF40110011.302.335.427.7611.5
    H. Castro CF40000012.301.316.394.711-0.5
    M. Cabrera DH30000121.283.349.391.7400.0
    G. Beckham PR-DH00000000.215.273.364.6372.0
    C. Stewart LF30000000.245.321.411.7321.0
    J. Mercer 2B30000112.277.317.454.7710.5
    R. Rodriguez 1B30000122.213.244.434.6780.0
    D. Lugo 3B31111002.238.268.381.6486.0
    G. Greiner C31200010.209.262.325.5873.5
    W. Castro SS20000102.222.288.278.5651.0
    Total2824214812-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS50000011.290.340.531.871-0.5
      O. Mercado CF52211020.282.331.448.7798.0
      C. Santana 1B43100110.280.398.527.9255.5
      Y. Puig RF50310012.260.319.454.7744.5
      J. Bauers DH10000001.229.313.380.6930.0
      a- J. Luplow PH-DH31220110.282.371.550.9218.5
      G. Allen LF40110103.235.296.362.6584.0
      M. Freeman 3B31100124.274.371.404.7762.0
      R. Perez C30220100.240.324.460.7846.0
      A. Velazquez 2B40000045.063.063.125.188-2.0
      Total377127151216-----
      • a-tripled for Bauers in the 3rd
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Greiner (5)
      • HR - D. Lugo (6)
      • RBI - V. Reyes (20), D. Lugo (25)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Castro, M. Cabrera, R. Rodriguez (31), D. Lugo
      BATTING
      • 2B - O. Mercado (24), C. Santana (29), Y. Puig (26), J. Luplow (15), G. Allen (9), R. Perez (9)
      • 3B - J. Luplow
      • HR - O. Mercado (12)
      • RBI - O. Mercado (43), Y. Puig (78), J. Luplow 2 (36), G. Allen (27), R. Perez 2 (60)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Puig (33), G. Allen (6), R. Perez (27)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor (41), J. Bauers (39), G. Allen 2 (36), M. Freeman 2 (14), A. Velazquez 2 (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - G. Beckham (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - D. Lugo (4)
      • PB - G. Greiner (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Lindor-Santana; Velazquez-Lindor-Santana; Freeman-Velazquez-Santana)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Reininger (L, 0-3)2.05441219.002.15-8.0
      N. Ramirez1.23212204.261.43-2.0
      J. Schreiber2.10001407.001.677.0
      G. Soto2.04111405.861.832.0
      Total8.012765121---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Reininger (L, 0-3)2.0
      N. Ramirez1.2
      J. Schreiber2.1
      G. Soto2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Plutko (W, 7-4)6.04221614.341.2224.0
      A. Cimber1.00001104.281.302.5
      T. Clippard1.00001102.820.822.5
      C. Carrasco1.00001005.381.342.0
      Total9.0422481---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Plutko (W, 7-4)6.0
      A. Cimber1.0
      T. Clippard1.0
      C. Carrasco1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Reininger 46-29, N. Ramirez 49-30, J. Schreiber 36-23, G. Soto 48-29
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Reininger 3-1, N. Ramirez 2-2, G. Soto 1-1
      • Batters Faced - Z. Reininger 12, N. Ramirez 11, J. Schreiber 8, G. Soto 11
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Carrasco (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 87-62, A. Cimber 11-6, T. Clippard 16-10, C. Carrasco 19-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 6-5, A. Cimber 1-0, C. Carrasco 2-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 22, A. Cimber 3, T. Clippard 4, C. Carrasco 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Puig singled to left, Santana scored27
      • 5TH INNING
        Lugo homered to right26
      • 4TH INNING
        Allen walked, Santana scored, Puig to third, Luplow to second16
      • 3RD INNING
        Perez singled to left, Luplow scored, Freeman to second15
        Luplow tripled to deep left, Mercado and Santana scored14
        Reyes singled to shallow left, Greiner scored12
      • 2ND INNING
        Perez doubled to left center, Freeman scored02
      • 1ST INNING
        Mercado homered to left01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Carlos Carrasco relieved Tyler Clippard
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
        • Gordon Beckham ran for Miguel Cabrera
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Beckham stole second, Foul, Ball, Stewart hit by pitch
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mercer grounded into double play third to second to first, Beckham to third, Stewart out at second
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rodriguez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Tyler Clippard relieved Adam Cimber
        • G. Greiner: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Greiner struck out swinging
        • W. Castro: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castro walked
        • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes lined out to center
        • H. Castro: Castro flied out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Soto Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded out to second
        • O. Mercado: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercado struck out swinging
        • Ca. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Santana doubled to deep right center
        • Y. Puig: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Puig singled to left, Santana scored
        • J. Luplow: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Luplow doubled to left, Puig to third
        • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Allen flied out to right
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Adam Cimber relieved Adam Plutko
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
        • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rodriguez walked
        • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Lugo grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Rodriguez out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Gregory Soto relieved John Schreiber
        • J. Luplow: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Luplow struck out swinging
        • G. Allen: Allen doubled to left center
        • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
        • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Allen to third on passed ball, Ball, Perez walked
        • A. Velazquez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Velazquez struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • H. Castro: Ball, Castro lined out to shortstop
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • C. Stewart: Stewart grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Schreiber Pitching:
        • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Mercado struck out looking
        • Ca. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Santana lined out to second
        • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Puig flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • D. Lugo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lugo homered to right
        • G. Greiner: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Greiner singled to right
        • W. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Castro grounded into double play shortstop to first, Greiner out at second
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Reyes lined out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Schreiber Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Perez flied out to deep right
        • A. Velazquez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Velazquez struck out looking
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Stewart grounded out to first
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Mercer grounded out to pitcher
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lindor lined out to right
        • O. Mercado: Mercado popped out to second
        • Ca. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Santana safe at first on 3rd baseman Lugo fielding error
        • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Ball, Puig reached on an infield single to shortstop, Santana to second
        • J. Luplow: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Luplow walked, Santana to third, Puig to second
        • John Schreiber relieved Nick Ramirez
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Allen walked, Santana scored, Puig to third, Luplow to second
        • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • G. Greiner: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Greiner doubled to deep right center
        • W. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Castro grounded out to first, Greiner to third
        • V. Reyes: Reyes singled to shallow left, Greiner scored
        • H. Castro: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Castro flied out to deep left
        • M. Cabrera: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Reininger Pitching:
        • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mercado doubled to left
        • Ca. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Santana walked
        • Nick Ramirez relieved Zac Reininger
        • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
        • Jordan Luplow hit for Jake Bauers
        • J. Luplow: Foul, Foul, Ball, Luplow tripled to deep left, Mercado and Santana scored
        • G. Allen: Allen grounded out to third
        • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Freeman walked
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Perez singled to left, Luplow scored, Freeman to second
        • A. Velazquez: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Velazquez struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Stewart grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mercer walked
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Rodriguez struck out on foul tip
        • D. Lugo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lugo fouled out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Reininger Pitching:
        • G. Allen: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Allen grounded out to second
        • M. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Freeman singled to left
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Perez doubled to left center, Freeman scored
        • A. Velazquez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Velazquez struck out swinging
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
        • H. Castro: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Cabrera flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Reininger Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor lined out to right
        • O. Mercado: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mercado homered to left
        • Ca. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
        • Y. Puig: Puig doubled to left center
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Bauers grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)