Indians' Civale dazzles in MLB debut, stops Tigers 2-0

CLEVELAND (AP) Aaron Civale didn't get much sleep before his major league debut.

The 24-year-old right-hander looked wide-awake once he got to the mound.

Civale dazzled, striking out the side to begin the game and allowing just two infield hits over six innings to pitch the Cleveland Indians to a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

Civale ended up with the baseballs from his first pitch, first strikeout, the final out of the game and the lineup card. He also felt a wide array of emotions.

''Pretty much every one you could think of,'' he said. ''Nerves, joy, a lot going on. Got about 15-20 people in the stands, traveling pretty far away to come out here, so it's a pretty special day.''

The Indians purchased Civale's contract from Triple-A Columbus when outfielder Leonys Martin was designated for assignment before the game. He was making a spot start because Mike Clevinger is on the injured list with a sprained ankle.

Civale struck out six, walked three and worked out of a sixth-inning jam. He walked Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera with two outs, but Brandon Dixon fouled out to first baseman Carlos Santana down the right-field line.

Civale was told on Thursday that he was coming to the majors. He'll likely be sent back to Columbus because Clevinger is expected to return this week, but he made a strong impression.

''I'm up here to help the team as long as they have me up here,'' he said.

Indians manager Terry Francona was impressed that Civale maintained his poise.

''That's not easy to do for that kid,'' Francona said. ''You can say all you want, `Hey, relax. Have fun.' This is the kid's first major league start. I'm sure it's going fast, but he did a terrific job.''

Civale's brother, Nic, made last-minute plans to fly in from Hawaii. He also had relatives from Boston, Connecticut and Oklahoma in attendance.

Jose Ramirez had an RBI triple in the second while Oscar Mercado added an RBI single in the third.

Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull (3-7) allowed two runs in six innings.

Brad Hand - the Indians' fourth reliever - allowed two hits in the ninth, but picked up his 22nd save in 22 chances.

Civale retired the first eight batters, fanning four of them, and didn't allow a baserunner until Dawel Lugo drew a two-out walk in the third. Shortstop Francisco Lindor then fielded JaCoby Jones' ground ball in the hole, but Lugo beat the throw to second and Jones was given a hit.

Cabrera, despite being slowed by a sore knee, beat out a grounder to first base was Civale late in covering the bag in the fourth.

Civale, a third-round pick in the 2016 draft, made seven starts between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus going 5-0 with a 2.85 ERA. Shane Bieber and Zach Plesac, two other pitchers who have helped the Indians this season, were drafted in 2016.

The Indians have won seven of eight against Detroit this season and 12 of 17 overall. The Tigers have lost seven of eight.

Turnbull allowed six runs and 10 hits in five innings against Cleveland last Sunday.

''When I can't at least get to the sixth it is frustrating,'' he said. ''Definitely there were some positives today, obviously I was better than last week.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (broken right arm) could begin throwing next week if scans on his arm show the bone is continuing to heal properly. Kluber was hit by a line drive May 1.

HEADED NORTH?

First baseman Bobby Bradley, who leads the International League with 21 homers, wasn't in the lineup for Columbus on Saturday and could join the Indians soon.

Asked about Bradley before the game, Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said, ''It's exciting to think about Bobby's future. At some point we expect that he'll be here to help us.''

EARLY END TO THE DAY

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected by plate umpire Roberto Ortiz in the fourth inning. Castellanos complained to Ortiz after being called out on strikes and yelled from the dugout. Gardenhire was thrown out and came on the field to argue before departing for his sixth ejection of the season.

UP NEXT

Tigers: LHP Daniel Norris (2-5, 4.40 ERA) will make his eighth career appearance against Cleveland in the series finale Sunday.

Indians: Plesac (2-2, 2.56 ERA) held Texas to one run and two hits over seven innings in his last start Tuesday.

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R. Rodriguez 2B40100001.219.248.445.6941.0
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    O. Mercado CF30210010.311.368.492.8604.5
    C. Santana 1B30000113.292.415.532.9470.5
    J. Kipnis 2B31100102.235.295.366.6613.0
    J. Ramirez DH30110003.207.297.318.6154.0
    T. Naquin RF30000001.276.306.441.747-1.0
    R. Perez C30000021.241.335.494.829-1.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Jones (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Stewart 2 (2), M. Cabrera, B. Dixon 2 (2), N. Goodrum, D. Lugo 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - O. Mercado (8)
      • 3B - J. Ramirez (2)
      • RBI - O. Mercado (14), J. Ramirez (29)
      • 2-Out RBI - O. Mercado (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Kipnis 2 (2), J. Ramirez 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Freeman
      • CS - T. Naquin
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - C. Stewart
      • DP - 2 (Stewart-Goodrum; Hicks-Goodrum)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Turnbull (L, 3-7)5.06222403.291.352.0
      B. Hardy1.00000004.250.883.0
      N. Ramirez1.00000204.301.364.0
      V. Alcantara1.00000104.361.213.5
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Turnbull (L, 3-7)5.0
      B. Hardy1.0
      N. Ramirez1.0
      V. Alcantara1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Civale (W, 1-0)6.02003600.000.8326.0
      N. Wittgren (H, 8)1.01000202.630.953.0
      O. Perez (H, 7)0.11000003.131.09-1.0
      A. Cimber (H, 7)0.20000003.621.210.0
      B. Hand (S, 22)1.02000201.080.819.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Civale (W, 1-0)6.0
      N. Wittgren (H, 8)1.0
      O. Perez (H, 7)0.1
      A. Cimber (H, 7)0.2
      B. Hand (S, 22)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Turnbull (7)
      • HBP - S. Turnbull (9)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Turnbull 100-56, B. Hardy 11-7, N. Ramirez 11-7, V. Alcantara 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Turnbull 5-4, B. Hardy 2-1, V. Alcantara 1-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Turnbull 22, B. Hardy 3, N. Ramirez 3, V. Alcantara 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Civale 87-46, N. Wittgren 23-14, O. Perez 11-9, A. Cimber 4-3, B. Hand 19-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Civale 5-7, N. Wittgren 1-0, A. Cimber 2-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Civale 23, N. Wittgren 4, O. Perez 2, A. Cimber 2, B. Hand 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      C. Stewart LF40000023.238.323.409.732-1.0
      N. Castellanos RF30000121.268.326.450.7760.0
      M. Cabrera DH30100101.295.357.389.7462.0
      B. Dixon 1B40000013.270.290.500.790-0.5
      N. Goodrum SS40200001.237.318.400.7182.0
      R. Rodriguez 2B40100001.219.248.445.6941.0
      J. Hicks C40000023.196.232.329.560-1.0
      D. Lugo 3B30000123.207.233.317.5500.0
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        F. Lindor SS40000002.287.353.500.8530.0
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        C. Santana 1B30000113.292.415.532.9470.5
        J. Kipnis 2B31100102.235.295.366.6613.0
        J. Ramirez DH30110003.207.297.318.6154.0
        T. Naquin RF30000001.276.306.441.747-1.0
        R. Perez C30000021.241.335.494.829-1.0
        J. Bauers LF30000020.224.302.384.685-1.0
        M. Freeman 3B31200010.267.384.367.7504.5
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          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Jones (12)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Stewart 2 (2), M. Cabrera, B. Dixon 2 (2), N. Goodrum, D. Lugo 3 (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - O. Mercado (8)
          • 3B - J. Ramirez (2)
          • RBI - O. Mercado (14), J. Ramirez (29)
          • 2-Out RBI - O. Mercado (8)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Kipnis 2 (2), J. Ramirez 3 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Freeman
          • CS - T. Naquin
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - C. Stewart
          • DP - 2 (Stewart-Goodrum; Hicks-Goodrum)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Turnbull (L, 3-7)5.06222403.291.352.0
          B. Hardy1.00000004.250.883.0
          N. Ramirez1.00000204.301.364.0
          V. Alcantara1.00000104.361.213.5
          Total8.0622270---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Turnbull (L, 3-7)5.0
          B. Hardy1.0
          N. Ramirez1.0
          V. Alcantara1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Civale (W, 1-0)6.02003600.000.8326.0
          N. Wittgren (H, 8)1.01000202.630.953.0
          O. Perez (H, 7)0.11000003.131.09-1.0
          A. Cimber (H, 7)0.20000003.621.210.0
          B. Hand (S, 22)1.02000201.080.819.0
          Total9.06003100---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Civale (W, 1-0)6.0
          N. Wittgren (H, 8)1.0
          O. Perez (H, 7)0.1
          A. Cimber (H, 7)0.2
          B. Hand (S, 22)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - S. Turnbull (7)
          • HBP - S. Turnbull (9)
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Turnbull 100-56, B. Hardy 11-7, N. Ramirez 11-7, V. Alcantara 13-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Turnbull 5-4, B. Hardy 2-1, V. Alcantara 1-1
          • Batters Faced - S. Turnbull 22, B. Hardy 3, N. Ramirez 3, V. Alcantara 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Civale 87-46, N. Wittgren 23-14, O. Perez 11-9, A. Cimber 4-3, B. Hand 19-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Civale 5-7, N. Wittgren 1-0, A. Cimber 2-0
          • Batters Faced - A. Civale 23, N. Wittgren 4, O. Perez 2, A. Cimber 2, B. Hand 5
          • 3RD INNING
            Mercado singled to center, Freeman scored02
          • 2ND INNING
            Ramirez tripled to shallow right, Kipnis scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Brad Hand relieved Adam Cimber
            • B. Dixon: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dixon flied out to deep right
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Goodrum singled to center
            • R. Rodriguez: Rodriguez singled to left center, Goodrum to second
            • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Hicks struck out on foul tip
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lugo struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Oliver Perez relieved Nick Wittgren
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Jones doubled to left
            • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Stewart flied out to shallow right
            • Adam Cimber relieved Oliver Perez
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos grounded out to third
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Victor Alcantara relieved Nick Ramirez
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercado struck out swinging
            • C. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Santana popped out to third
            • J. Kipnis: Kipnis grounded out to first
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Nick Wittgren relieved Aaron Civale
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Goodrum singled to center
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Rodriguez grounded out to pitcher, Goodrum to second
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul tip, Hicks struck out on foul tip
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lugo struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Nick Ramirez relieved Blaine Hardy
            • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
            • M. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor fouled out to first
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Jones lined out to right
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike swinging, Stewart grounded out to third
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castellanos walked
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera walked, Castellanos to second
            • B. Dixon: Ball, Dixon fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Blaine Hardy relieved Spencer Turnbull
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez flied out to center
            • T. Naquin: Naquin grounded out to second
            • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Rodriguez fouled out to shortstop
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Hicks flied out to deep right
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lugo grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Freeman singled to left
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor lined out to center
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Mercado hit by pitch, Freeman to second
            • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis fouled out to third
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Castellanos struck out looking
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera reached on an infield single to first
            • B. Dixon: Dixon flied out to center
            • N. Goodrum: Foul, Goodrum grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Naquin grounded out to second
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bauers grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Rodriguez grounded out to third
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Hicks lined out to left
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lugo walked
            • J. Jones: Jones reached on an infield single to shortstop, Lugo to second
            • C. Stewart: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bauers struck out looking
            • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman singled to right center
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Freeman stole second, Ball, Foul, Lindor grounded out to first, Freeman to third
            • O. Mercado: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mercado singled to center, Freeman scored
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked, Mercado to second
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Mercado to third, Santana to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis walked
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez flied out to left
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to pitcher
            • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dixon struck out looking
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Ball, Goodrum lined out to left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kipnis singled to shallow center
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez tripled to shallow right, Kipnis scored
            • T. Naquin: Naquin reached on fielder's choice to first, Ramirez out at home
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging, Naquin caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to second
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mercado doubled to left center
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Santana lined into double play left to shortstop, Mercado out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)