All-Star Fulmer outlasts Kluber as Tigers top Indians 5-3

CLEVELAND (AP) Michael Fulmer won't pitch in his first All-Star Game, not because he isn't worthy.

Under the bright lights and on a big stage Sunday night, Fulmer again showed why he's Miami-bound.

Fulmer outlasted All-Star teammate Corey Kluber, Alex Presley hit a tiebreaking, two-run double and the Detroit Tigers hung on late to salvage the series finale with a 5-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday night.

Fulmer (9-6) dominated the defending AL champions until the seventh inning, when he gave up a two-run homer to Indians All-Star third baseman Jose Ramirez.

Detroit's shaky bullpen then barely held together over the last three innings. Shane Greene worked out of a bases-loaded threat in the seventh and Justin Wilson did the same in the eighth while getting five outs for his 10th save in 11 tries.

Because Fulmer started the final game before the break, he'll watch the All-Star Game from the bullpen on Tuesday night. However, with one last chance to show his stuff, he made the most of a nationally televised matchup against Kluber by beating the Central-leading Indians.

''Obviously the pitcher he is, an All-Star as well, and his success the last four or five games, you see that on TV,'' Fulmer said. ''I knew I had to put up zeroes for the most part.''

Fulmer held Cleveland to one run and three hits over the first six innings and won his third start in a row.

After the Indians climbed within 5-3 in the seventh, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus pulled Fulmer and turned to his bullpen, which came in with the league's worst ERA.

And while Greene and Wilson walked the high-wire during their outings, they made sure the Tigers ended the unofficial first half on a high note.

''Greenie had my back and J-Will had Greenie's back,'' Fulmer said. ''The bullpen did great.''

A win over Cleveland is a positive way for Detroit to enter the break. The Tigers (39-4) had a rough first half and there are trade rumors swirling around the club, which could be looking to unload players and contracts before the July 31 deadline.

''We salvaged a win going into the break, not feeling sour about the way the game has gone,'' Ausmus said. ''Hopefully the guys can have nice four days off and reset and be ready to go.''

The Indians (47-40) were again without manager Terry Francona, who underwent a cardiac ablation to correct an irregular heartbeat and spent four days at the Cleveland Clinic. Francona is expected to rejoin the club following the All-Star break in Oakland.

The Tigers made Kluber, who didn't get any run support for the second straight game, work hard during his five-inning stint. He allowed just one run, and had his team record streak of consecutive games with at least 10 strikeouts end at five.

''They put together some good at-bats,'' Kluber said. ''I didn't have my best command tonight. But they put together a lot of tough at-bats and they did a good job of extending some counts and had a lot of baserunners in a couple innings. I was able to keep it to just one run, but they were able to get the pitch count up pretty good.''

Held to three hits in six innings, the Indians finally strung something together off Fulmer in the seventh. Edwin Encarnacion singled and with fans singing, ''Jose, Jose, Jose, Jose,'' Ramirez connected for his 17th homer. Carlos Santana followed with a single and Ausmus brought in Greene, who got a fielder's choice and two strikeouts to preserve the two-run lead.

The Indians threatened again in the eighth, but Wilson worked out of another mess.

''That certainly is a well-earned save,'' Ausmus said. ''Clearly having the next four days off played into it.''

TALKING TRADES

The Tigers could be active sellers at the deadline. Cabrera said Detroit's players are aware their team might look very different in a few weeks.

''We're human. We think. We feel everything, but they have to do what they have to do to make this team better,'' he said. ''It's not my business. It's baseball. It's part of it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: LHP Daniel Norris (strained left groin) hasn't recovered enough to throw during the All-Star break and it's unclear when he'll return to the rotation. He went on the DL Thursday.

Indians: 2B Jason Kipnis is back on the DL with a strained right hamstring. Mills said Kipnis will likely be out longer than 10 days. Kipnis began the season on the DL with a sore right shoulder and has had a stiff neck. ... RF Lonnie Chisenhall left in the fourth with an injured right calf that could also require a stay on the DL.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Following the break, Detroit opens a three-game series at home against Toronto on Friday.

Indians: Cleveland will be represented by five players at the All-Star Game.

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IndiansCLE47-40
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  • W: M. Fulmer (9-6)L: N. Goody (1-1)S: J. Wilson (10)
  • HR: CLE - J. Ramirez (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B50110014.240.323.387.7101.5
A. Avila C30000221.299.423.535.9581.0
J. Upton LF50000026.265.350.491.841-1.0
M. Cabrera 1B30000200.264.357.440.7962.0
J. Martinez RF52200022.299.381.610.9915.0
V. Martinez DH51100013.253.322.366.6871.5
N. Castellanos 3B41110121.248.313.433.7463.0
A. Romine 3B00000000.226.294.345.6380.0
A. Presley CF30220100.286.355.393.7486.0
J. Iglesias SS41310002.247.280.347.6286.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Zimmer CF51200012.285.339.450.7902.5
    F. Lindor SS50000012.252.312.456.767-0.5
    M. Brantley LF30000101.304.367.440.8071.0
    E. Encarnacion DH31210100.263.374.481.8556.0
    J. Ramirez 2B31221102.332.388.601.9889.0
    L. Chisenhall RF10000001.305.376.578.9530.0
    B. Guyer RF20100112.197.274.288.5621.5
    C. Santana 1B40100003.238.340.409.7491.0
    Y. Gomes C40000012.222.315.365.680-0.5
    E. Gonzalez 2B20000000.300.314.480.7940.0
    a- A. Almonte PH10000002.240.333.350.6830.0
    G. Urshela 3B10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    • a-hit into fielder's choice for Gonzalez in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Presley (3), J. Iglesias (18)
    • RBI - I. Kinsler (23), N. Castellanos (46), A. Presley 2 (9), J. Iglesias (24)
    • 2-Out RBI - I. Kinsler (14), N. Castellanos (18)
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Encarnacion (11)
    • HR - J. Ramirez (17)
    • RBI - E. Encarnacion (48), J. Ramirez 2 (48)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion (14)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Martinez
    FIELDING
    • DP - I. Kinsler, M. Cabrera, J. Iglesias
    • E - M. Fulmer
    FIELDING
    • E - Y. Gomes (5)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Fulmer (W, 9-6)6.07321113.191.1218.5
    S. Greene (H, 11)1.10002203.121.212.0
    J. Wilson (S, 10)1.21001102.360.938.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Fulmer (W, 9-6)6.0
    S. Greene (H, 11)1.1
    J. Wilson (S, 10)1.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber5.03113802.800.9912.0
    N. Goody (L, 1-1)0.11332002.161.08-11.0
    D. Otero1.14111103.411.31-2.5
    Z. McAllister1.11000102.561.192.5
    B. Shaw1.01000002.811.272.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber5.0
    N. Goody (L, 1-1)0.1
    D. Otero1.1
    Z. McAllister1.1
    B. Shaw1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - M. Fulmer (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fulmer 87-59, S. Greene 25-14, J. Wilson 34-21
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fulmer 9-7, S. Greene 1-1, J. Wilson 2-2
    • Batters Faced - M. Fulmer 25, S. Greene 6, J. Wilson 7
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Kluber (3)
    • IBB - D. Otero (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 101-61, N. Goody 13-4, D. Otero 35-25, Z. McAllister 22-15, B. Shaw 11-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 4-3, N. Goody 1-0, D. Otero 3-0, Z. McAllister 2-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 21, N. Goody 4, D. Otero 9, Z. McAllister 5, B. Shaw 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    TigersDET39-48
    0010031005101
    IndiansCLE47-40
    000100200381
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Kinsler 2B50110014.240.323.387.7101.5
    A. Avila C30000221.299.423.535.9581.0
    J. Upton LF50000026.265.350.491.841-1.0
    M. Cabrera 1B30000200.264.357.440.7962.0
    J. Martinez RF52200022.299.381.610.9915.0
    V. Martinez DH51100013.253.322.366.6871.5
    N. Castellanos 3B41110121.248.313.433.7463.0
    A. Romine 3B00000000.226.294.345.6380.0
    A. Presley CF30220100.286.355.393.7486.0
    J. Iglesias SS41310002.247.280.347.6286.0
    Total375105061019-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Zimmer CF51200012.285.339.450.7902.5
      F. Lindor SS50000012.252.312.456.767-0.5
      M. Brantley LF30000101.304.367.440.8071.0
      E. Encarnacion DH31210100.263.374.481.8556.0
      J. Ramirez 2B31221102.332.388.601.9889.0
      L. Chisenhall RF10000001.305.376.578.9530.0
      B. Guyer RF20100112.197.274.288.5621.5
      C. Santana 1B40100003.238.340.409.7491.0
      Y. Gomes C40000012.222.315.365.680-0.5
      E. Gonzalez 2B20000000.300.314.480.7940.0
      a- A. Almonte PH10000002.240.333.350.6830.0
      G. Urshela 3B10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      Total3438314417-----
      • a-hit into fielder's choice for Gonzalez in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Presley (3), J. Iglesias (18)
      • RBI - I. Kinsler (23), N. Castellanos (46), A. Presley 2 (9), J. Iglesias (24)
      • 2-Out RBI - I. Kinsler (14), N. Castellanos (18)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Encarnacion (11)
      • HR - J. Ramirez (17)
      • RBI - E. Encarnacion (48), J. Ramirez 2 (48)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion (14)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Martinez
      FIELDING
      • DP - I. Kinsler, M. Cabrera, J. Iglesias
      • E - M. Fulmer
      FIELDING
      • E - Y. Gomes (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fulmer (W, 9-6)6.07321113.191.1218.5
      S. Greene (H, 11)1.10002203.121.212.0
      J. Wilson (S, 10)1.21001102.360.938.5
      Total9.0832441---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fulmer (W, 9-6)6.0
      S. Greene (H, 11)1.1
      J. Wilson (S, 10)1.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber5.03113802.800.9912.0
      N. Goody (L, 1-1)0.11332002.161.08-11.0
      D. Otero1.14111103.411.31-2.5
      Z. McAllister1.11000102.561.192.5
      B. Shaw1.01000002.811.272.0
      Total9.010556100---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber5.0
      N. Goody (L, 1-1)0.1
      D. Otero1.1
      Z. McAllister1.1
      B. Shaw1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - M. Fulmer (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fulmer 87-59, S. Greene 25-14, J. Wilson 34-21
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fulmer 9-7, S. Greene 1-1, J. Wilson 2-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Fulmer 25, S. Greene 6, J. Wilson 7
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Kluber (3)
      • IBB - D. Otero (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 101-61, N. Goody 13-4, D. Otero 35-25, Z. McAllister 22-15, B. Shaw 11-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 4-3, N. Goody 1-0, D. Otero 3-0, Z. McAllister 2-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 21, N. Goody 4, D. Otero 9, Z. McAllister 5, B. Shaw 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Ramirez homered to right, Encarnacion scored53
        Castellanos singled to left, Martinez scored51
      • 6TH INNING
        Iglesias reached on an infield single to first, Castellanos scored, Presley to third41
        Presley doubled to deep left, Martinez and Martinez scored, Castellanos to third31
      • 4TH INNING
        Encarnacion doubled to deep left, Zimmer scored11
      • 3RD INNING
        Kinsler singled to center, Iglesias scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Bryan Shaw relieved Zach McAllister
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera lined out to center
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Martinez reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Martinez lined out to left
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos lined out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Andrew Romine at third
        • Y. Gomes: Gomes fouled out to first
        • G. Urshela: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Urshela lined out to center
        • B. Zimmer: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Zimmer singled to right
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Giovanny Urshela at third
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Kinsler grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Avila: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Avila grounded out to second
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Greene Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lindor lined out to left
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked, Brantley to second
        • Justin Wilson relieved Shane Greene
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Brantley to third, Encarnacion out at second
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Guyer walked, Ramirez to second
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Santana grounded out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. Otero Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera grounded out to third
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Martinez singled to center
        • V. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez to third on catcher Gomes fielding error
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Castellanos singled to left, Martinez scored
        • Zach McAllister relieved Dan Otero
        • A. Presley: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Presley singled to left center, Castellanos to third
        • J. Iglesias: Iglesias lined out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion singled to right
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez homered to right, Encarnacion scored
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Guyer singled to right
        • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Santana singled to right, Guyer to second
        • Shane Greene relieved Michael Fulmer
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • Abraham Almonte hit for Erik Gonzalez
        • A. Almonte: Foul, Almonte reached on fielder's choice to second, Guyer to third, Santana out at second
        • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Zimmer struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Nick Goody relieved Corey Kluber
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez reached on fielder's choice to third, Cabrera out at second
        • V. Martinez: Martinez singled to right, Martinez to second
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castellanos walked, Martinez to third, Martinez to second
        • Dan Otero relieved Nick Goody
        • A. Presley: Ball, Strike looking, Presley doubled to deep left, Martinez and Martinez scored, Castellanos to third
        • J. Iglesias: Foul, Iglesias reached on an infield single to first, Castellanos scored, Presley to third
        • I. Kinsler: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kinsler grounded out to pitcher, Iglesias to second
        • A. Avila: Avila intentionally walked
        • J. Upton: Foul, Ball, Foul, Upton grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • B. Zimmer: Zimmer grounded out to second
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lindor grounded out to second
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Brantley grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • A. Presley: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Presley walked
        • J. Iglesias: Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Iglesias singled to right, Presley to second
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
        • A. Avila: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Avila walked, Presley to third, Iglesias to second
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Santana flied out to deep left
        • Y. Gomes: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Gomes flied out to deep right
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Gonzalez flied out to right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Brandon Guyer in right
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Upton lined out to center
        • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera walked
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Cabrera to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • B. Zimmer: Ball, Zimmer singled to right
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Lindor flied out to left
        • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Zimmer to second on Fulmer fielding error, Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to second, Zimmer to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion doubled to deep left, Zimmer scored
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez intentionally walked
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Guyer struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • A. Presley: Presley grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Foul, Iglesias doubled to deep left
        • I. Kinsler: Foul, Strike looking, Kinsler singled to center, Iglesias scored
        • A. Avila: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Avila struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Santana grounded out to second
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gomes grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Martinez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Encarnacion flied out to deep right
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez singled to shallow center
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Chisenhall grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Ramirez out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kinsler flied out to center
        • A. Avila: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Avila struck out swinging
        • J. Upton: Ball, Upton grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • B. Zimmer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Zimmer popped out to shortstop
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor grounded out to second
        • M. Brantley: Brantley lined out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)