Indians move into a tie for wild-card spot, beat Tigers 7-0

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have work to do on their postseason push, and no games left against their favorite pushovers.

Mike Clevinger pitched six shutdown innings, Franmil Reyes homered in his return to the lineup and Cleveland moved into a tie for the second AL wild card with a 7-0 win over the Tigers on Thursday night. It was the Indians' 17th consecutive win against Detroit this season.

Cleveland matched Tampa Bay at 90-63 with the Rays idle. Both teams trail Oakland by two games for the top spot. The Indians remained four games behind Minnesota in the AL Central.

''It's not enough,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. ''We need more. I don't know how many more, but I'm guessing we'll need several more.''

The Indians matched a franchise record for consecutive wins against a team in a season - they also won 17 straight over Baltimore in 1954. Cleveland won 18 of 19 versus Detroit in the season series and outscored the Tigers 116-38.

''They have definitely had our number,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''That's an understatement. It's not easy getting knocked around a little bit.''

Clevinger needed 33 pitches to get through a messy first inning. Harold Castro and Miguel Cabrera singled with one out and Jeimer Candelario drew a two-out walk, but Jordy Mercer flied out on a 3-2 pitch.

The right-hander allowed seven hits and struck out six. He is 11-1 with a 1.89 ERA over his last 15 starts.

''We won a game, but we've got to win every game right now,'' Clevinger said. ''So, that's the way we're looking at it going into each day.''

Reyes, who missed two games for personal reasons, hit a two-run homer in the fourth off Drew VerHagen. Reyes has 35 homers this season, including eight for the Indians since being acquired from San Diego at the trade deadline.

Yasiel Puig was 9 for 14 in the series and had an RBI double in the fourth. Roberto Perez drove in two runs with a single in the fifth, and Carlos Santana and Oscar Mercado each had an RBI.

Starter Daniel Norris (3-13) allowed one run in three innings for the Tigers, who have the worst record in baseball at 45-107. Detroit set a record for its longest losing streak against an opponent. The Tigers dropped 16 in a row to Minnesota from 2002-03.

The shutout was the 15th by Cleveland this season, and Detroit was blanked for the 14th time.

GETTING HIS SWINGS

Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez took batting practice Thursday for the first time since breaking his right hand last month. He had surgery Aug. 26. He's pushing to return before the regular season finale Sept. 29.

LATE NIGHT VIEWING

Francona is keeping track of the other playoff contenders, but not in the most direct way.

He said he's binge-watching the television show Madam Secretary at home after games. Francona was also watching Wednesday night's game between Tampa Bay and the Los Angeles Dodgers on his phone. The Rays tied it in the ninth against closer Kenley Jansen and won in 11 innings.

''I fell asleep and it was the ninth inning and Tampa had nobody on with one out,'' Francona said. ''I woke up and I checked my phone and I was like, `You gotta be kidding me.' So, yeah, that was a long convoluted way of saying that I pay attention.''

LOOK IT UP

Detroit's only win against Cleveland came at Comerica Park on April 8 in a 4-1 victory. Matthew Boyd was the winning pitcher, and Niko Goodrum and John Hicks homered off since-traded Trevor Bauer, who got the loss.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Candelario started for the first time since Monday after being out with bruised right triceps.

Indians: LHP Brad Hand played catch Thursday and will be evaluated by the training staff to determine the next step as he deals with a tired arm. He hasn't pitched in a game since Sept. 8.

UP NEXT

Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (1-11, 6.32 ERA) will start the opener of a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Friday night at Comerica Park. RHP Dylan Cease (3-7, 6.18 ERA) will start for Chicago.

Indians: RHP Shane Bieber (14-7, 3.26 ERA) will pitch in the opener of a three-game series against Philadelphia on Friday night. LHP Drew Smyly (4-6, 6.22 ERA) will start for the Phillies, who are in contention for an NL wild card spot.

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DET45-107
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CLE90-63
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  • W: M. Clevinger (12-3)L: D. Norris (3-13)
  • HR: CLE - F. Reyes (35)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
V. Reyes RF50200022.300.331.429.7603.0
H. Castro CF40100003.300.315.397.7121.0
M. Cabrera DH30200002.284.350.391.7402.0
a- J. Hicks PH-DH10000000.214.245.378.6240.0
C. Stewart LF40000013.242.317.407.724-0.5
J. Candelario 1B30100120.197.300.322.6221.0
J. Mercer 2B30000004.274.314.448.7620.0
G. Beckham 2B10000000.214.272.363.6340.0
D. Lugo 3B30000021.232.261.370.630-1.0
R. Rodriguez 3B10100000.216.246.436.6831.0
G. Greiner C40100011.210.262.323.5850.5
W. Castro SS40100012.218.279.269.5480.5
  • a-flied out for Cabrera in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS52300001.292.343.533.8757.0
R. Flaherty 3B00000000.091.091.091.1820.0
O. Mercado CF31110103.279.329.442.7716.0
C. Santana 1B31110002.282.398.526.9243.0
Y. Puig RF42210010.266.325.460.7847.5
B. Zimmer RF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Luplow LF20000001.280.368.545.9130.0
a- G. Allen PH-LF20100012.233.293.356.6490.5
F. Reyes DH31121101.245.308.506.8158.0
R. Perez C40220001.240.322.456.7784.0
Y. Chang 3B-SS40000013.193.292.298.591-0.5
M. Freeman 2B30100111.276.374.401.7751.5
  • a-struck out for Luplow in the 5th
BATTING
  • 3B - V. Reyes (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Reyes 2 (28), H. Castro (27), M. Cabrera 2 (26), C. Stewart, J. Mercer 2 (18), D. Lugo (24)
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Lindor 2 (39), Y. Puig (27)
  • HR - F. Reyes (35)
  • SF - C. Santana (2)
  • SH - O. Mercado (7)
  • RBI - O. Mercado (44), C. Santana (91), Y. Puig (80), F. Reyes 2 (76), R. Perez 2 (62)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Perez 2 (29)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Mercado (38), C. Santana, R. Perez, Y. Chang (10), M. Freeman
BASERUNNING
  • SB - O. Mercado (14), Y. Puig (18)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Castro-Mercer-Candelario)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Luplow (5)
  • E - J. Karinchak
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Norris (L, 3-13)3.03110104.581.340.5
D. VerHagen1.17660215.871.62-9.0
E. Jackson0.21001109.602.03-1.5
M. Hall2.01001008.061.934.0
V. Alcantara1.00001005.181.452.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Norris (L, 3-13)3.0
D. VerHagen1.1
E. Jackson0.2
M. Hall2.0
V. Alcantara1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Clevinger (W, 12-3)6.07001602.541.0423.0
T. Clippard1.01000002.770.832.0
J. Hoyt1.00000100.000.533.5
J. Karinchak1.01000200.000.433.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Clevinger (W, 12-3)6.0
T. Clippard1.0
J. Hoyt1.0
J. Karinchak1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - D. VerHagen (3), V. Alcantara (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 42-29, D. VerHagen 39-28, E. Jackson 23-14, M. Hall 43-27, V. Alcantara 19-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 5-2, D. VerHagen 1-1, E. Jackson 1-0, M. Hall 2-4, V. Alcantara 2-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Norris 11, D. VerHagen 11, E. Jackson 4, M. Hall 8, V. Alcantara 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 103-69, T. Clippard 16-10, J. Hoyt 10-9, J. Karinchak 20-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 6-5, J. Karinchak 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 25, T. Clippard 4, J. Hoyt 3, J. Karinchak 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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DET45-107
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CLE90-63
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
V. Reyes RF50200022.300.331.429.7603.0
H. Castro CF40100003.300.315.397.7121.0
M. Cabrera DH30200002.284.350.391.7402.0
a- J. Hicks PH-DH10000000.214.245.378.6240.0
C. Stewart LF40000013.242.317.407.724-0.5
J. Candelario 1B30100120.197.300.322.6221.0
J. Mercer 2B30000004.274.314.448.7620.0
G. Beckham 2B10000000.214.272.363.6340.0
D. Lugo 3B30000021.232.261.370.630-1.0
R. Rodriguez 3B10100000.216.246.436.6831.0
G. Greiner C40100011.210.262.323.5850.5
W. Castro SS40100012.218.279.269.5480.5
Total3609001918-----
  • a-flied out for Cabrera in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS52300001.292.343.533.8757.0
R. Flaherty 3B00000000.091.091.091.1820.0
O. Mercado CF31110103.279.329.442.7716.0
C. Santana 1B31110002.282.398.526.9243.0
Y. Puig RF42210010.266.325.460.7847.5
B. Zimmer RF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Luplow LF20000001.280.368.545.9130.0
a- G. Allen PH-LF20100012.233.293.356.6490.5
F. Reyes DH31121101.245.308.506.8158.0
R. Perez C40220001.240.322.456.7784.0
Y. Chang 3B-SS40000013.193.292.298.591-0.5
M. Freeman 2B30100111.276.374.401.7751.5
Total33712713415-----
HITTERSAB
F. Lindor SS5
R. Flaherty 3B0
O. Mercado CF3
C. Santana 1B3
Y. Puig RF4
B. Zimmer RF0
J. Luplow LF2
a- G. Allen PH-LF2
F. Reyes DH3
R. Perez C4
Y. Chang 3B-SS4
M. Freeman 2B3
Total33
  • a-struck out for Luplow in the 5th
BATTING
  • 3B - V. Reyes (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Reyes 2 (28), H. Castro (27), M. Cabrera 2 (26), C. Stewart, J. Mercer 2 (18), D. Lugo (24)
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Lindor 2 (39), Y. Puig (27)
  • HR - F. Reyes (35)
  • SF - C. Santana (2)
  • SH - O. Mercado (7)
  • RBI - O. Mercado (44), C. Santana (91), Y. Puig (80), F. Reyes 2 (76), R. Perez 2 (62)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Perez 2 (29)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Mercado (38), C. Santana, R. Perez, Y. Chang (10), M. Freeman
BASERUNNING
  • SB - O. Mercado (14), Y. Puig (18)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Castro-Mercer-Candelario)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Luplow (5)
  • E - J. Karinchak
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Norris (L, 3-13)3.03110104.581.340.5
D. VerHagen1.17660215.871.62-9.0
E. Jackson0.21001109.602.03-1.5
M. Hall2.01001008.061.934.0
V. Alcantara1.00001005.181.452.0
Total8.01277341---
PITCHERSIP
D. Norris (L, 3-13)3.0
D. VerHagen1.1
E. Jackson0.2
M. Hall2.0
V. Alcantara1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Clevinger (W, 12-3)6.07001602.541.0423.0
T. Clippard1.01000002.770.832.0
J. Hoyt1.00000100.000.533.5
J. Karinchak1.01000200.000.433.0
Total9.0900190---
PITCHERSIP
M. Clevinger (W, 12-3)6.0
T. Clippard1.0
J. Hoyt1.0
J. Karinchak1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - D. VerHagen (3), V. Alcantara (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 42-29, D. VerHagen 39-28, E. Jackson 23-14, M. Hall 43-27, V. Alcantara 19-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 5-2, D. VerHagen 1-1, E. Jackson 1-0, M. Hall 2-4, V. Alcantara 2-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Norris 11, D. VerHagen 11, E. Jackson 4, M. Hall 8, V. Alcantara 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 103-69, T. Clippard 16-10, J. Hoyt 10-9, J. Karinchak 20-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 6-5, J. Karinchak 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 25, T. Clippard 4, J. Hoyt 3, J. Karinchak 5
  • 5TH INNING
    Perez singled to center, Mercado and Puig scored, Reyes to second07
    Mercado singled to center, Lindor scored05
  • 4TH INNING
    Reyes homered to left center, Puig scored04
    Puig doubled to deep left, Santana scored02
  • 1ST INNING
    Santana hit sacrifice fly to left, Lindor scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • James Karinchak relieved James Hoyt
    • Bradley Zimmer in right field
    • Ryan Flaherty at third base
    • G. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Beckham grounded out to third
    • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike looking, Rodriguez singled to center
    • G. Greiner: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Greiner safe at first on Karinchak throwing error, Rodriguez to third, Greiner to second
    • W. Castro: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
    • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 8TH INNING
    • James Hoyt relieved Tyler Clippard
    • John Hicks hit for Miguel Cabrera
    • J. Hicks: Hicks flied out to right
    • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Stewart lined out to left
    • J. Candelario: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Victor Alcantara relieved Matt Hall
    • Ronny Rodriguez at third base
    • Y. Chang: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chang grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
    • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Freeman to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Lindor flied out to right
    • O. Mercado: Ball, Foul, Mercado grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tyler Clippard relieved Mike Clevinger
    • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Greiner popped out to third
    • W. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castro lined out to center
    • V. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reyes tripled to deep right
    • H. Castro: Ball, Strike swinging, Castro flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Gordon Beckham at second base
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Puig flied out to deep right
    • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Foul, Allen singled to shallow center
    • F. Reyes: Reyes lined out to right
    • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Perez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Allen out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Clevinger Pitching:
    • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Stewart grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Candelario singled to right
    • J. Mercer: Foul, Foul, Ball, Mercer grounded out to shortstop, Candelario to second
    • D. Lugo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lugo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Hall relieved Edwin Jackson
    • M. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Freeman flied out to left
    • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Lindor popped out to first
    • O. Mercado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercado walked
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Clevinger Pitching:
    • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Greiner struck out swinging
    • W. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Castro singled to right
    • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes singled to center, Castro to third
    • H. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Castro grounded out to first, Reyes to second
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. VerHagen Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lindor doubled to deep right
    • O. Mercado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mercado singled to center, Lindor scored
    • C. Santana: Santana flied out to deep center
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Puig singled to left center, Mercado to second
    • Edwin Jackson relieved Drew VerHagen
    • Greg Allen hit for Jordan Luplow
    • G. Allen: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Allen struck out looking, Mercado stole third, Puig to second
    • F. Reyes: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Reyes walked
    • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Perez singled to center, Mercado and Puig scored, Reyes to second
    • Y. Chang: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Chang grounded out to catcher
    • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Clevinger Pitching:
    • J. Candelario: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Mercer lined out to left
    • D. Lugo: Strike swinging, Lugo lined out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Drew VerHagen relieved Daniel Norris
    • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Santana singled to center
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Santana to second on wild pitch, Puig doubled to deep left, Santana scored
    • J. Luplow: Foul, Strike swinging, Luplow grounded out to second, Puig to third
    • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes homered to left center, Puig scored
    • R. Perez: Strike looking, Perez singled to center
    • Y. Chang: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Chang struck out looking
    • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Freeman struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Clevinger Pitching:
    • V. Reyes: Ball, Reyes flied out to deep right
    • H. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Castro grounded out to second
    • M. Cabrera: Cabrera singled to left
    • C. Stewart: Stewart flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Norris Pitching:
    • Y. Chang: Ball, Chang grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Freeman singled to right
    • F. Lindor: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Lindor reached on an infield single to shortstop, Freeman to second
    • O. Mercado: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Mercado grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Lindor out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Clevinger Pitching:
    • D. Lugo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Lugo struck out looking
    • G. Greiner: Greiner singled to deep left, Greiner out at second
    • W. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castro grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Norris Pitching:
    • J. Luplow: Luplow flied out to deep center
    • F. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Reyes grounded out to third
    • R. Perez: Foul, Perez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Clevinger Pitching:
    • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • H. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Castro singled to left center
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Cabrera singled to right, Castro to second
    • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
    • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Candelario walked, Castro to third, Cabrera to second
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mercer flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Norris Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor doubled to deep left
    • O. Mercado: Mercado hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Lindor to third
    • C. Santana: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Santana hit sacrifice fly to left, Lindor scored
    • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)