Mike Clevinger strikes out 12 as Indians beat Tigers 7-2

CLEVELAND (AP) Mike Clevinger wanted to make the most of his strict pitch count as the strikeouts piled up.

Clevinger matched his career high with 12 strikeouts and 100 pitches over six innings, as the Cleveland Indians continued their dominance of the Detroit Tigers with a 7-2 win on Wednesday night.

The right-hander struck out the side in the first two innings and had nine strikeouts through four -- one against each batter in Detroit's lineup -- in his fourth start since returning from a sprained left ankle suffered on June 17 at Texas.

''I know we had to see how I bounce back and how the ankle recovers, but hopefully tonight was the last time they cut me off at 100,'' Clevinger said, smiling.

''When I looked up and saw I was at 60 pitches through three, I'm like, `OK, I need to get more efficient.' But I think the reins will be loose from here on out.''

The Indians moved within four games of AL Central-leading Minnesota, the closest they have been to first place since May 14. Cleveland has won 10 straight over the Tigers and leads the season series 11-1.

Clevinger (3-2) allowed one run on six hits in his third double-digit strikeout game of 2019, coaxing the Tigers into a career-high 23 swings-and-misses. He has been spectacular over the last three outings, going 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 17 innings.

''A lot of deep counts are going to come with as many strikeouts as he had, but I thought his stuff was tremendous,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''I think he's getting to the point where the game is going to dictate when he comes out.''

Oscar Mercado, who leads AL rookies with a .286 batting average, had a two-run double and Jose Ramirez went 3 for 4 and scored twice for Cleveland. Mike Freeman added two hits, including a two-out bunt single in the seventh that scored Ramirez and extended the lead to 3-1.

After Nicholas Castellanos hit a solo homer in the top of the eighth, the Indians broke the game open with four runs in the bottom-half off reliever Joe Jimenez. Pinch-hitter Greg Allen doubled home a pair, All-Star Francisco Lindor homered and Jason Kipnis had an RBI single.

Nick Wittgren worked the final 1 2/3 innings to pick up his second save, putting Cleveland on the verge of sweeping the four-game series. The Tigers have lost eight of their last nine games and are 4-23 since June 13.

Detroit starter Spencer Turnbull (3-9) fell to the Indians for the fourth time in four starts this season. The right-hander pitched six-plus innings, giving up three runs with three strikeouts.

''Spencer did great and gave us a great opportunity to win,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''His stuff was good against a good hitting team over there. All you ask of a starting pitcher is to give you a chance, and he did a nice job.''

PROGRESS

Indians RHP Corey Kluber successfully threw a 20-pitch bullpen session - all fastballs - before the game. It was the first time the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner has thrown from a mound since fracturing his right ulna on May 1 at Miami. Kluber remains several weeks away from potentially beginning a minor league rehabilitation assignment.

FANCY FOOTWORK

Indians rookie RHP Zach Plesac leads the majors with five pickoffs in 48 innings, the most recent Tuesday on Tigers OF Victor Reyes. ''Zach has got the quickest feet I've ever seen,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''You're sitting in the dugout thinking, `This guy is in trouble, only he doesn't know it yet,' because he's going to be picked off.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: SS Niko Goodrum (right pinky finger) was a late scratch after being struck by a grounder during batting practice. X-rays on his bruised finger were negative. Gardenhire said Goodrum was sore, but available to pinch-hit or play the field.

Indians: RHP Danny Salazar (right shoulder) reported no physical issues after working three innings Tuesday on a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron. The former AL All-Star could return to the majors next month for the first time since 2017.

UP NEXT

Tigers: LHP Matthew Boyd (6-7, 3.95 ERA) has three straight double-digit strikeout performances and ranks third in the AL with 12.0 strikeouts per nine innings.

Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (8-7, 3.65 ERA) posted his only career shutout against Detroit on June 16, throwing a four-hitter with eight strikeouts at Comerica Park.

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  • W: M. Clevinger (3-2)L: S. Turnbull (3-9)S: N. Wittgren (2)
  • HR: DET - N. Castellanos (10), CLE - F. Lindor (15)
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H. Castro SS40100031.311.326.426.752-0.5
M. Cabrera DH40100021.289.351.382.7331.0
N. Castellanos RF42211012.283.344.473.8178.5
C. Stewart LF30000121.234.320.401.7200.0
J. Candelario 3B30110111.216.305.367.6722.5
B. Dixon 1B40100021.241.278.463.7410.0
J. Hicks C40100013.201.236.317.5540.5
G. Beckham 2B40000034.209.282.392.674-1.5
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    F. Lindor DH31111101.289.347.500.8476.0
    O. Mercado CF40120000.286.338.466.8043.0
    C. Santana 1B41100001.289.407.536.9433.0
    J. Kipnis 2B41110012.238.297.368.6662.5
    J. Ramirez 3B42300000.232.314.370.6848.0
    J. Bauers LF20000011.238.309.398.707-0.5
    a- J. Luplow PH-LF10000001.255.330.490.8200.0
    b- G. Allen PH-LF10120000.228.287.430.7184.0
    R. Perez C40000003.250.339.500.8390.0
    M. Freeman SS31210110.299.396.468.8634.5
    T. Naquin RF41200003.290.325.497.8223.0
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    • a-popped out for Bauers in the 7th
    • b-doubled for Luplow in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Cabrera (13), N. Castellanos (32)
    • HR - N. Castellanos (10)
    • RBI - N. Castellanos (35), J. Candelario (22)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos (12), J. Candelario (5)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Reyes, H. Castro, N. Castellanos 2 (2), G. Beckham 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Santana (18), J. Ramirez (19), G. Allen (4)
    • HR - F. Lindor (15)
    • RBI - F. Lindor (35), O. Mercado 2 (23), J. Kipnis (35), G. Allen 2 (15), M. Freeman (13)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Freeman (8)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Kipnis 2 (2), T. Naquin 3 (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Ramirez (20)
    • CS - F. Lindor (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Beckham-Castro-Dixon; Castro-Dixon)
    • E - B. Dixon (5), S. Turnbull
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - T. Naquin (7)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Turnbull (L, 3-9)6.06331303.651.367.5
    N. Ramirez1.01000004.601.332.0
    J. Jimenez0.14440015.661.46-8.0
    Z. Reininger0.21001007.712.09-2.0
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Turnbull (L, 3-9)6.0
    N. Ramirez1.0
    J. Jimenez0.1
    Z. Reininger0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Clevinger (W, 3-2)6.061111203.571.0526.0
    A. Cimber (H, 10)0.21000002.801.08-1.0
    O. Perez (H, 10)0.20000203.241.161.0
    N. Wittgren (S, 2)1.21111313.191.018.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Clevinger (W, 3-2)6.0
    A. Cimber (H, 10)0.2
    O. Perez (H, 10)0.2
    N. Wittgren (S, 2)1.2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Turnbull 86-56, N. Ramirez 11-6, J. Jimenez 17-12, Z. Reininger 19-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Turnbull 7-6, N. Ramirez 2-1, Z. Reininger 1-1
    • Batters Faced - S. Turnbull 23, N. Ramirez 4, J. Jimenez 5, Z. Reininger 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 100-68, A. Cimber 5-3, O. Perez 11-7, N. Wittgren 24-17
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 3-2, A. Cimber 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 24, A. Cimber 3, O. Perez 2, N. Wittgren 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    H. Castro SS40100031.311.326.426.752-0.5
    M. Cabrera DH40100021.289.351.382.7331.0
    N. Castellanos RF42211012.283.344.473.8178.5
    C. Stewart LF30000121.234.320.401.7200.0
    J. Candelario 3B30110111.216.305.367.6722.5
    B. Dixon 1B40100021.241.278.463.7410.0
    J. Hicks C40100013.201.236.317.5540.5
    G. Beckham 2B40000034.209.282.392.674-1.5
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    N. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor DH31111101.289.347.500.8476.0
      O. Mercado CF40120000.286.338.466.8043.0
      C. Santana 1B41100001.289.407.536.9433.0
      J. Kipnis 2B41110012.238.297.368.6662.5
      J. Ramirez 3B42300000.232.314.370.6848.0
      J. Bauers LF20000011.238.309.398.707-0.5
      a- J. Luplow PH-LF10000001.255.330.490.8200.0
      b- G. Allen PH-LF10120000.228.287.430.7184.0
      R. Perez C40000003.250.339.500.8390.0
      M. Freeman SS31210110.299.396.468.8634.5
      T. Naquin RF41200003.290.325.497.8223.0
      M. Clevinger P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      A. Cimber P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      • a-popped out for Bauers in the 7th
      • b-doubled for Luplow in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Cabrera (13), N. Castellanos (32)
      • HR - N. Castellanos (10)
      • RBI - N. Castellanos (35), J. Candelario (22)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos (12), J. Candelario (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Reyes, H. Castro, N. Castellanos 2 (2), G. Beckham 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Santana (18), J. Ramirez (19), G. Allen (4)
      • HR - F. Lindor (15)
      • RBI - F. Lindor (35), O. Mercado 2 (23), J. Kipnis (35), G. Allen 2 (15), M. Freeman (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Freeman (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Kipnis 2 (2), T. Naquin 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez (20)
      • CS - F. Lindor (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Beckham-Castro-Dixon; Castro-Dixon)
      • E - B. Dixon (5), S. Turnbull
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - T. Naquin (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Turnbull (L, 3-9)6.06331303.651.367.5
      N. Ramirez1.01000004.601.332.0
      J. Jimenez0.14440015.661.46-8.0
      Z. Reininger0.21001007.712.09-2.0
      Total8.01277231---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Turnbull (L, 3-9)6.0
      N. Ramirez1.0
      J. Jimenez0.1
      Z. Reininger0.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger (W, 3-2)6.061111203.571.0526.0
      A. Cimber (H, 10)0.21000002.801.08-1.0
      O. Perez (H, 10)0.20000203.241.161.0
      N. Wittgren (S, 2)1.21111313.191.018.5
      Total9.08222171---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Clevinger (W, 3-2)6.0
      A. Cimber (H, 10)0.2
      O. Perez (H, 10)0.2
      N. Wittgren (S, 2)1.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Turnbull 86-56, N. Ramirez 11-6, J. Jimenez 17-12, Z. Reininger 19-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Turnbull 7-6, N. Ramirez 2-1, Z. Reininger 1-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Turnbull 23, N. Ramirez 4, J. Jimenez 5, Z. Reininger 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 100-68, A. Cimber 5-3, O. Perez 11-7, N. Wittgren 24-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 3-2, A. Cimber 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 24, A. Cimber 3, O. Perez 2, N. Wittgren 7
      • 8TH INNING
        Allen doubled to deep right center, Kipnis and Ramirez scored27
        Kipnis singled to deep right, Santana scored25
        Lindor homered to right24
        Castellanos homered to right center23
      • 7TH INNING
        Freeman reached on bunt single to second, Ramirez scored13
      • 6TH INNING
        Candelario singled to right, Castellanos scored, Candelario out at second12
      • 3RD INNING
        Mercado singled to left center, Freeman and Naquin scored, Lindor to third02
      • 9TH INNING
        • N. Wittgren Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Candelario walked
        • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
        • J. Hicks: Hicks popped out to first
        • G. Beckham: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • O. Perez Pitching:
        • H. Castro: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • Nick Wittgren relieved Oliver Perez
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos homered to right center
        • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Stewart flied out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Joe Jimenez relieved Nick Ramirez
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Lindor homered to right
        • O. Mercado: Strike swinging, Foul, Mercado flied out to deep left
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Santana doubled to deep right
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kipnis singled to deep right, Santana scored
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ramirez singled to right, Kipnis to second
        • Zac Reininger relieved Joe Jimenez
        • Greg Allen hit for Jordan Luplow
        • G. Allen: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Allen doubled to deep right center, Kipnis and Ramirez scored
        • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Perez grounded out to second, Allen to third
        • M. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Naquin lined out to right
        • End of the 8th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Adam Cimber relieved Mike Clevinger
        • B. Dixon: Dixon grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Hicks: Ball, Hicks reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • G. Beckham: Ball, Beckham flied out to right
        • Oliver Perez relieved Adam Cimber
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Reyes struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Turnbull Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez doubled to deep right
        • Nick Ramirez relieved Spencer Turnbull
        • Jordan Luplow hit for Jake Bauers
        • J. Luplow: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Luplow popped out to shortstop
        • R. Perez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ramirez stole third, Ball, Ball, Perez grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Freeman: Freeman reached on bunt single to second, Ramirez scored
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Naquin grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Castellanos doubled to deep left
        • C. Stewart: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Candelario singled to right, Castellanos scored, Candelario out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Turnbull Pitching:
        • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mercado lined out to right
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Santana lined out to right
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Kipnis struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • J. Hicks: Hicks lined out to center
        • G. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Reyes singled to deep right center
        • H. Castro: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Turnbull Pitching:
        • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Naquin singled to left
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Lindor lined into double play shortstop to first, Naquin out at first
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Candelario grounded out to first
        • B. Dixon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Dixon struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Turnbull Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez singled to deep right
        • J. Bauers: Foul, Bauers reached on fielder's choice to second, Ramirez out at second
        • R. Perez: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Perez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bauers out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • V. Reyes: Reyes grounded out to first
        • H. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Castro singled to deep right center
        • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
        • N. Castellanos: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Castellanos flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Turnbull Pitching:
        • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Foul, Freeman singled to left
        • T. Naquin: Foul, Freeman to second on Turnbull throwing error, Naquin singled to left, Freeman to third
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked, Naquin to second
        • O. Mercado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercado singled to left center, Freeman and Naquin scored, Lindor to third
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Lindor caught stealing home, catcher to shortstop to catcher, Mercado to second, Ball, Ball, Santana flied out to left
        • J. Kipnis: Kipnis lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Stewart walked
        • J. Candelario: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • B. Dixon: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Dixon singled to left, Stewart to second
        • J. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • G. Beckham: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Turnbull Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Perez grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
        • H. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cabrera doubled to deep right center
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Turnbull Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike swinging, Ball, Lindor grounded out to second
        • O. Mercado: Mercado grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Santana: Ball, Foul, Santana safe at first on 1st baseman Dixon fielding error
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Kipnis flied out to right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)