Perez's homer in 8th leads Indians past Tigers 2-1

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians' pitching is helping its all-or-nothing offense get by in the early part of the season.

Roberto Perez hit a leadoff home run in the eighth inning against reliever Alex Wilson, Josh Tomlin bounced back from a rocky outing and Cleveland beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Cleveland is batting a major-league low .158 but has won its last three games via the long ball. Yan Gomes hit a game-ending two-run homer Sunday against Kansas City, and Bradley Zimmer had a two-run homer Monday night.

Perez joined that list, belting a 2-0 pitch to center field that landed in the seats in front of the bullpen.

''I know it's early in the season, but we're capable of scoring more runs than one or two a game,'' Perez said. ''It's nice to see the pitching staff carrying us throughout the slump. We're going to get out of this.''

Cleveland has won nine straight win over Detroit. The Indians are 29-10 against the Tigers since the start of the 2016 season.

Jose Ramirez's two-out homer in the first put Cleveland ahead, a lead that lasted until Jeimer Candelario's seventh-inning double. It was Detroit's first run in 23 innings.

Andrew Miller (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth. Cody Allen worked the ninth for his third save, helping Cleveland improve to 6-5 despite the offense's struggles.

Tomlin rebounded after a poor first outing with five strong innings. Matthew Boyd allowed one run in seven innings for Detroit.

Wilson (0-2) came in to start the eighth and quickly fell behind Perez. The Cleveland catcher made amends for a throwing error in the seventh with his go-ahead homer.

''It sounded loud,'' Perez said. ''I knew it had a chance, but with this crazy weather it's hard to tell.''

Candelario had three doubles and was hit by a pitch. The Tigers hadn't scored since the first inning Sunday against the Chicago White Sox. Corey Kluber and Miller combined on a two-hit shutout Monday.

''Our pitching staff has kind of saved the day,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''There's not a lot of margin for error. That's probably the understatement of the year.''

Victor Reyes, a Rule 5 draft selection from Arizona, led off the seventh with a single for his first major league hit. Reyes stole second as Dixon Machado struck out and took third when Perez's throw to second baseman Jason Kipnis was in the dirt and bounced into center field.

Dan Otero struck out pinch-hitter JaCoby Jones, but Candelario's sharp grounder over third base tied it.

Tomlin lasted only three innings in first start against the Angels, allowing eight runs, including four homers. He experienced back soreness in that game and had his turn in the rotation pushed back a day.

Detroit left the bases loaded in the third when Niko Goodrum tapped back to Tomlin to end the inning.

Tigers pitching coach Chris Bosio missed the game because of a health issue. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Bosio was undergoing tests Tuesday, a day after he didn't feel well.

HEAT WAVE

The game-time temperature of 40 degrees was a big improvement over the blustery conditions the previous three days. The teams played in 33 degree weather Monday night. Sunday's 32 degree first-pitch temperature against Kansas City set a Progressive Field record while Saturday's game-time mark was 34 degrees.

THAT HURTS

Candelario doubled in the first, fifth and seventh, but the last two came under painful conditions. He was hit on the right knee by Tomlin's pitch with one out in the third. He struggled to get to his feet and slowly walked to first.

''It's cold so you don't want that,'' he said. ''It was probably about 20-30 seconds before I knew I could continue in the game.''

STRONG LEATHER

Cleveland's defense was at its best late in the game. Kipnis fielded Miguel Cabrera's grounder up the middle and threw him out to end the seventh. Kipnis came up with Nicholas Castellanos' ground ball near the bag and made the throw to first in the eighth. Shortstop Francisco Lindor snared Victor Martinez's grounder in the hole and got him with a strong throw.

''You always say pitching and defense wins baseball games - and it did tonight,'' Gardenhire said. ''The starter was fantastic, but their defense was the difference. Their shortstop is unbelievable.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Tigers RHP Buck Farmer (left hip) was available, but Gardenhire said he would only use him in an emergency. Farmer was removed in the seventh inning Monday after experiencing a spasm.

UP NEXT

Tigers RHP Jordan Zimmermann (0-0, 8.71 ERA) takes on Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-0, 5.40 ERA). Zimmermann has faced Cleveland five times in his career, posting a 0-4 record with a 10.88 ERA.

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  • W: A. Miller (1-0)L: A. Wilson (0-2)S: C. Allen (3)
  • HR: CLE - R. Perez (1), J. Ramirez (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Cabrera 1B40100003.243.310.405.7151.0
N. Castellanos RF30000113.300.378.450.8280.5
V. Martinez DH30000102.259.344.333.6771.0
N. Goodrum SS40100013.250.318.450.7680.5
J. McCann C40000001.161.257.194.4510.0
V. Reyes LF41100021.200.200.200.4003.0
D. Machado 2B40000012.231.268.385.653-0.5
  • a-struck out for Martin in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS40000012.159.229.182.411-0.5
J. Kipnis 2B40000021.098.196.122.318-1.0
J. Ramirez 3B31211000.132.283.289.5727.0
E. Encarnacion DH30000021.158.256.395.651-1.0
M. Brantley LF20000000.154.267.154.4211.0
B. Guyer RF30000001.150.150.250.4000.0
Y. Alonso 1B30000010.167.250.361.611-0.5
R. Perez C21211100.182.357.455.8128.0
R. Davis CF30000002.200.238.300.5380.0
B. Zimmer CF00000000.179.233.286.5190.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Candelario 3 (4)
    • RBI - J. Candelario (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Candelario
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Ramirez (2), R. Perez
    • RBI - J. Ramirez (5), R. Perez
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - V. Reyes
    FIELDING
    • E - R. Perez (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Boyd7.03111411.380.6221.0
    A. Wilson (L, 0-2)1.01110215.190.92-3.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Boyd7.0
    A. Wilson (L, 0-2)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Tomlin5.04002309.001.8810.5
    Z. McAllister (H, 2)1.00000007.361.093.0
    T. Olson (H, 1)0.11110106.230.69-1.5
    D. Otero (BS, 1)0.21000109.001.50-0.5
    A. Miller (W, 1-0)1.00000100.001.3110.5
    C. Allen (S, 3)1.00000100.000.5010.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Tomlin5.0
    Z. McAllister (H, 2)1.0
    T. Olson (H, 1)0.1
    D. Otero (BS, 1)0.2
    A. Miller (W, 1-0)1.0
    C. Allen (S, 3)1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - M. Boyd
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 102-64, A. Wilson 15-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 6-10, A. Wilson 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 25, A. Wilson 4
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Tomlin
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Tomlin 98-59, Z. McAllister 11-6, T. Olson 11-8, D. Otero 9-7, A. Miller 13-9, C. Allen 13-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Tomlin 7-5, Z. McAllister 1-2, D. Otero 1-0, A. Miller 2-0, C. Allen 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Tomlin 22, Z. McAllister 3, T. Olson 2, D. Otero 3, A. Miller 3, C. Allen 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF30000010.200.317.229.546-0.5
    a- J. Jones PH-CF10000011.300.500.300.800-0.5
    J. Candelario 3B30310000.238.333.381.7148.0
    M. Cabrera 1B40100003.243.310.405.7151.0
    N. Castellanos RF30000113.300.378.450.8280.5
    V. Martinez DH30000102.259.344.333.6771.0
    N. Goodrum SS40100013.250.318.450.7680.5
    J. McCann C40000001.161.257.194.4510.0
    V. Reyes LF41100021.200.200.200.4003.0
    D. Machado 2B40000012.231.268.385.653-0.5
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    • a-struck out for Martin in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS40000012.159.229.182.411-0.5
    J. Kipnis 2B40000021.098.196.122.318-1.0
    J. Ramirez 3B31211000.132.283.289.5727.0
    E. Encarnacion DH30000021.158.256.395.651-1.0
    M. Brantley LF20000000.154.267.154.4211.0
    B. Guyer RF30000001.150.150.250.4000.0
    Y. Alonso 1B30000010.167.250.361.611-0.5
    R. Perez C21211100.182.357.455.8128.0
    R. Davis CF30000002.200.238.300.5380.0
    B. Zimmer CF00000000.179.233.286.5190.0
    Total272422167-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Candelario 3 (4)
      • RBI - J. Candelario (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Candelario
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Ramirez (2), R. Perez
      • RBI - J. Ramirez (5), R. Perez
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - V. Reyes
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Perez (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Boyd7.03111411.380.6221.0
      A. Wilson (L, 0-2)1.01110215.190.92-3.0
      Total8.0422162---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Boyd7.0
      A. Wilson (L, 0-2)1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Tomlin5.04002309.001.8810.5
      Z. McAllister (H, 2)1.00000007.361.093.0
      T. Olson (H, 1)0.11110106.230.69-1.5
      D. Otero (BS, 1)0.21000109.001.50-0.5
      A. Miller (W, 1-0)1.00000100.001.3110.5
      C. Allen (S, 3)1.00000100.000.5010.5
      Total9.0611270---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Tomlin5.0
      Z. McAllister (H, 2)1.0
      T. Olson (H, 1)0.1
      D. Otero (BS, 1)0.2
      A. Miller (W, 1-0)1.0
      C. Allen (S, 3)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Boyd
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 102-64, A. Wilson 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 6-10, A. Wilson 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 25, A. Wilson 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Tomlin
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Tomlin 98-59, Z. McAllister 11-6, T. Olson 11-8, D. Otero 9-7, A. Miller 13-9, C. Allen 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Tomlin 7-5, Z. McAllister 1-2, D. Otero 1-0, A. Miller 2-0, C. Allen 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Tomlin 22, Z. McAllister 3, T. Olson 2, D. Otero 3, A. Miller 3, C. Allen 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Perez homered to center12
      • 7TH INNING
        Candelario doubled to left, Reyes scored11
      • 1ST INNING
        Ramirez homered to left01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Bradley Zimmer in center
        • Cody Allen relieved Andrew Miller
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, McCann grounded out to shortstop
        • V. Reyes: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
        • D. Machado: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Machado flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Andrew Miller relieved Dan Otero
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Castellanos grounded out to second
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Alex Wilson relieved Matthew Boyd
        • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Perez homered to center
        • R. Davis: Foul, Davis grounded out to pitcher
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Lindor struck out looking
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Tyler Olson relieved Zach McAllister
        • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Reyes singled to right
        • D. Machado: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes to third on catcher Perez fielding error
        • JaCoby Jones hit for Leonys Martin
        • Dan Otero relieved Tyler Olson
        • J. Jones: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Candelario doubled to left, Reyes scored
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Brantley popped out to second
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Guyer flied out to deep left
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Zach McAllister relieved Josh Tomlin
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez flied out to deep center
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Foul, Goodrum flied out to deep left
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCann grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Tomlin Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • J. Candelario: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Candelario doubled to deep right
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera grounded out to third
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso flied out to deep left
        • R. Perez: Ball, Perez singled to left
        • R. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Davis lined out to center
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor flied out to deep right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Tomlin Pitching:
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, McCann grounded out to shortstop
        • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Machado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Machado popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Ramirez out at second
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley hit by pitch
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Guyer reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Brantley out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Tomlin Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Martin popped out to shortstop
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Candelario hit by pitch
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera singled to left, Candelario to second
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Castellanos flied out to deep left
        • V. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez walked, Candelario to third, Cabrera to second
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Goodrum grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
        • R. Davis: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Davis flied out to right
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to third, Perez to second
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis flied out to shallow center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Tomlin Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Foul, Goodrum singled to left
        • J. McCann: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, McCann flied out to center, Goodrum to second
        • V. Reyes: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Reyes struck out looking
        • D. Machado: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Machado grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Brantley flied out to deep left
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Guyer grounded out to pitcher
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Alonso grounded out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Tomlin Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Ball, Martin fouled out to shortstop
        • J. Candelario: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Candelario doubled to left center
        • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop, Candelario to third
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castellanos walked
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lindor popped out to second
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Kipnis flied out to center
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ramirez homered to left
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Encarnacion struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)