Kipnis hits 3-run HR in 9th, Indians top Tigers 4-1

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers gave the Cleveland Indians an extra out in the ninth inning, and Jason Kipnis made them pay.

The Tigers failed to take advantage of a two-out baserunning mistake by Jose Ramirez, and Kipnis hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer two pitches later to lift the Indians over the Tigers 4-1.

Ramirez almost broke the tie himself, hitting Shane Greene's 3-1 pitch just past the foul pole down the right-field line, but ended up drawing a walk. Yonder Alonso hit a two-out single into the right-center field gap, and Ramirez stumbled as he took a wide turn around third.

Instead of throwing to third, though, second baseman Dixon Machado sent his relay to the plate, allowing Ramirez to get back to third and Alonso to take second.

''That's a play where, at the worst, we let them have runners on first and third,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''If Dixon just runs the ball back in, that's what we give them, and if throws to third, we've got a chance at an out. You need to take those opportunities.''

Kipnis then connected off Greene (2-3) for a drive over the right-center field scoreboard for his fourth homer of the season.

''I've only got four this year, but I still know when they are gone,'' he said. ''I caught it flush.''

Kipnis came into the game hitting .205.

''That was a therapeutic trot around the bases, and hopefully this is the start of something big,'' he said. ''I've put a lot of pressure on myself to get this going, but I tried to forget everything right there and just hit my pitch.''

Trevor Bauer (5-4) struck out 12 in eight innings, giving up one run and seven hits. He has fanned 37 in 21 innings over his last three starts.

''I was ready to go back out there for the ninth,'' he said. ''I tend to feel better as the game goes along, and my velocity stays the same or gets better.''

Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 12th save, staying in the game after being hit by a groundball.

''It got him pretty good, but he's OK,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''He might not pitch tomorrow, but that's because he's been up a lot.''

Tigers ace Michael Fulmer came into the game with a 1-3 record and 6.89 ERA in his past six starts.

Against Cleveland, though, his fastball regularly reached 98 mph as he allowed one run on five hits in seven innings. He struck out seven without walking a batter.

''This was huge, because we've been working on my mechanics, and this is what I needed,'' Fulmer said. ''That's my old fastball and my old command - being able to throw quality fastballs where I need them down in the zone.''

Even after a loss, Gardenhire knew how much Fulmer's performance meant to a team with a banged-up pitching staff.

''That's exactly what we needed to see,'' he said. ''We all knew that he had to get back to commanding the fastball down in the zone, and he did just that.''

The Tigers took only four pitches to grab a first-inning lead on doubles by Leonys Martin and Nicholas Castellanos, but Bauer quickly settled down.

Cleveland tied it in the fourth on Alonso's two-out RBI double. Edwin Encarnacion scored from first, but Alonso was thrown out trying for his third triple in nine major league seasons.

HALL OF FAME COACH

Tigers first base coach Ramon Santiago is away from the team with his wife about to give birth, so Alan Trammell filled in. Trammell, who now works as a special assistant to Tigers general manager Al Avila, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame and have his No. 3 retired later this summer.

Trammell played for the Tigers from 1977-1996 and managed them from 2003-2005.

WORKING HARD

Bauer threw 113 pitches, increasing his major league-leading average to 109.3 per start. Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals is second at 106.2. Bauer has thrown at least 100 pitches in all 13 starts this season.

''That's not a big enough lead - I need to bulk that up,'' he said. ''It would definitely be cool if I could lead the majors in that category every year.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: LHP Andrew Miller (knee) threw a bullpen session before Friday's game. He is likely to throw again during Cleveland's series in Chicago next week.

Tigers: RHP Franklin Perez, generally considered Detroit's No. 1 prospect, is expected to throw off a mound on Tuesday. Perez, acquired from Houston in last year's Justin Verlander trade, has been sidelined since spring training with a lat strain.

UP NEXT

The teams play the second game in the weekend series on Saturday, with Cleveland's Mike Clevinger (4-2, 3.36) facing Mike Fiers (5-3, 4.33).

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  • W: T. Bauer (5-4)L: S. Greene (2-3)S: C. Allen (12)
  • HR: CLE - J. Kipnis (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS40000010.291.365.538.903-0.5
M. Brantley LF40100000.324.367.541.9081.0
J. Ramirez 3B31000111.294.394.6231.0171.5
E. Encarnacion DH41100022.244.318.507.8251.0
Y. Alonso 1B41310000.250.320.455.7756.0
J. Kipnis 2B41131021.206.285.318.6027.0
L. Chisenhall RF40100021.214.313.250.5630.0
R. Perez C30000011.133.224.213.437-0.5
G. Allen CF30000001.244.295.366.6610.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF41200022.264.330.473.8035.0
    N. Castellanos RF40110031.329.369.512.8811.5
    M. Cabrera 1B40200011.312.400.472.8721.5
    J. Candelario 3B40000023.266.357.508.864-1.0
    V. Martinez DH40100002.242.309.351.6591.0
    N. Goodrum LF30000122.237.322.437.7590.0
    J. McCann C40000023.243.302.359.661-1.0
    J. Iglesias SS40100001.260.307.381.6892.0
    D. Machado 2B20000110.213.266.298.5640.5
    a- J. Hicks PH10000011.276.316.434.751-0.5
    • a-struck out for Machado in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Alonso (8)
    • HR - J. Kipnis (4)
    • RBI - Y. Alonso (35), J. Kipnis 3 (25)
    • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alonso (16), J. Kipnis 3 (10)
    BATTING
    • 2B - L. Martin (12), N. Castellanos (22), J. Iglesias (18)
    • RBI - N. Castellanos (34)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - L. Martin (3)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - L. Martin (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Bauer (W, 5-4)8.071111202.621.1531.0
    C. Allen (S, 12)1.00001203.621.1010.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Bauer (W, 5-4)8.0
    C. Allen (S, 12)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Fulmer7.05110704.401.3021.5
    J. Jimenez1.00000202.301.094.0
    S. Greene (L, 2-3)1.02331014.151.32-8.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Fulmer7.0
    J. Jimenez1.0
    S. Greene (L, 2-3)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 113-80, C. Allen 18-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 5-7, C. Allen 1-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 32, C. Allen 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fulmer 108-71, J. Jimenez 13-10, S. Greene 22-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fulmer 8-5, J. Jimenez 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Fulmer 25, J. Jimenez 3, S. Greene 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS40000010.291.365.538.903-0.5
    M. Brantley LF40100000.324.367.541.9081.0
    J. Ramirez 3B31000111.294.394.6231.0171.5
    E. Encarnacion DH41100022.244.318.507.8251.0
    Y. Alonso 1B41310000.250.320.455.7756.0
    J. Kipnis 2B41131021.206.285.318.6027.0
    L. Chisenhall RF40100021.214.313.250.5630.0
    R. Perez C30000011.133.224.213.437-0.5
    G. Allen CF30000001.244.295.366.6610.0
    Total334741197-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      L. Martin CF41200022.264.330.473.8035.0
      N. Castellanos RF40110031.329.369.512.8811.5
      M. Cabrera 1B40200011.312.400.472.8721.5
      J. Candelario 3B40000023.266.357.508.864-1.0
      V. Martinez DH40100002.242.309.351.6591.0
      N. Goodrum LF30000122.237.322.437.7590.0
      J. McCann C40000023.243.302.359.661-1.0
      J. Iglesias SS40100001.260.307.381.6892.0
      D. Machado 2B20000110.213.266.298.5640.5
      a- J. Hicks PH10000011.276.316.434.751-0.5
      Total34171021416-----
      • a-struck out for Machado in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Alonso (8)
      • HR - J. Kipnis (4)
      • RBI - Y. Alonso (35), J. Kipnis 3 (25)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alonso (16), J. Kipnis 3 (10)
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Martin (12), N. Castellanos (22), J. Iglesias (18)
      • RBI - N. Castellanos (34)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - L. Martin (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - L. Martin (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Bauer (W, 5-4)8.071111202.621.1531.0
      C. Allen (S, 12)1.00001203.621.1010.0
      Total9.07112140---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Bauer (W, 5-4)8.0
      C. Allen (S, 12)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fulmer7.05110704.401.3021.5
      J. Jimenez1.00000202.301.094.0
      S. Greene (L, 2-3)1.02331014.151.32-8.0
      Total9.0744191---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fulmer7.0
      J. Jimenez1.0
      S. Greene (L, 2-3)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 113-80, C. Allen 18-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 5-7, C. Allen 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 32, C. Allen 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fulmer 108-71, J. Jimenez 13-10, S. Greene 22-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fulmer 8-5, J. Jimenez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Fulmer 25, J. Jimenez 3, S. Greene 6
      • 9TH INNING
        Kipnis homered to right center, Ramirez and Alonso scored41
      • 4TH INNING
        Alonso doubled to deep right center, Encarnacion scored, Alonso out at third11
      • 1ST INNING
        Castellanos doubled to left center, Martin scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Shane Greene relieved Joe Jimenez
        • M. Brantley: Brantley fouled out to third
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion popped out to second
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Alonso singled to right center, Ramirez to third, Alonso to second
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis homered to right center, Ramirez and Alonso scored
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Ball, Chisenhall lined out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Cody Allen relieved Trevor Bauer
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Goodrum walked
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Iglesias lined out to pitcher, Goodrum to second
        • John Hicks hit for Dixon Machado
        • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joe Jimenez relieved Michael Fulmer
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • G. Allen: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Allen grounded out to second
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Lindor struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to left
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Candelario grounded out to first
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Encarnacion struck out looking
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Alonso singled to right
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out looking
        • L. Chisenhall: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Chisenhall struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • J. Iglesias: Iglesias popped out to second
        • D. Machado: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin singled to center
        • N. Castellanos: Foul, Ball, Martin stole second, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Lindor grounded out to second
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley grounded out to second
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez lined out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera singled to left
        • J. Candelario: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Candelario struck out on foul tip
        • V. Martinez: Foul, Martinez singled to right, Cabrera to third
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, McCann lined out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Chisenhall singled to right center
        • R. Perez: Perez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Chisenhall out at second
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Allen popped out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • D. Machado: Strike (foul tip), Machado grounded out to third
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Martin struck out on foul tip
        • N. Castellanos: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Brantley grounded out to second
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion singled to right center
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Alonso doubled to deep right center, Encarnacion scored, Alonso out at third
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Goodrum flied out to shallow left
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Perez grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Allen popped out to shortstop
        • F. Lindor: Lindor grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera singled to center
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Candelario struck out on foul tip
        • V. Martinez: Foul, Martinez grounded out to first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Alonso lined out to center
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Chisenhall struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
        • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann flied out to deep right
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias doubled to left center
        • D. Machado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Machado walked
        • L. Martin: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Brantley: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley reached on an infield single to second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez flied out to right
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Martin doubled to deep right
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Castellanos doubled to left center, Martin scored
        • M. Cabrera: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Candelario popped out to first
        • V. Martinez: Foul, Martinez lined out to center
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)