Rookie Bieber tames Tigers in 10-0 win by Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) Shane Bieber has made believers out of the Cleveland Indians. In return, they plan on making him a fan of the Grammy-winning singer with his surname.

The rookie right-hander walked onto the field with ''Baby'' by Justin Bieber blaring on the sound system, and then struck out nine in a career-high seven innings as Cleveland rolled to a 10-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.

Bieber (2-0) allowed four hits and walked one in his third major league start. He jokingly dedicated the performance to shortstop Francisco Lindor, who sang along with the pregame music selected by staff ace Corey Kluber.

''I was laughing because Frankie was near the mound, singing along, making fun of me,'' the 23-year-old said Bieber said with a smile. ''I thought it was him who picked it because he was enjoying it so much, but I found out it was one of the starting five.

''Being able to laugh something off early kind of helps, but you still have a job to do, to go out and be serious and try to execute a game plan.''

Bieber became the third Indians pitcher with six or more strikeouts in his first three big league appearances, joining Herb Score (eight in 1955) and Luis Tiant (three in 1964). His ERA is a tidy 2.45 through 18 1/3 innings.

Yonder Alonso hit a seventh-inning grand slam, and Edwin Encarnacion and Lindor also went deep for the Indians, who lead second-place Detroit by six games in the AL Central. Encarnacion finished with two hits and three RBIs.

''Shane is obviously fun to play behind because he works fast and he knows how to execute pitches,'' said Alonso, who went 2 for 4 with his second slam of the season. ''The best thing I see is he's always moving out there, attacking the hitters.''

Zach McAllister and George Kontos each got three outs to finish the five-hitter for Cleveland's eighth shutout of 2018. The Indians are 5-0 against the Tigers at Progressive Field this year, outscoring them by a 28-5 margin.

Detroit right-hander Mike Fiers (5-4) surrendered four runs in five innings, including a two-run homer by Encarnacion and a solo shot by Lindor. He has one victory in his last seven starts.

''Their lineup is great from 1-through-9, so those two home runs kind of sealed the deal for them,'' Fiers said. ''And hat's off to (Bieber). No one has seen that guy, but he threw the ball great. He was awesome.''

Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez reached base for the 29th straight game, walking in his first four plate appearances and scoring twice.

The Tigers have dropped three in a row and fell to 2-4 on their eight-game road trip. The first pitch was delayed 1 hour, 41 minutes due to rain.

AILING

Bradley Zimmer, who opened the season as Cleveland's starting center fielder, will miss four to six weeks with an inflamed right shoulder. Zimmer was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on June 5 to work on his swing after hitting .226 in 32 games in the majors.

''We know he's a tough kid and all that, but it's going to be a little while until he's back,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''He's going to be OK, but he's missing out on the at-bats we really want him to get.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Johnny Barbato (sore arm) gave up Alonso's grand slam and was placed on the disabled list. Detroit also optioned 3B Ronny Rodriguez to Triple-A Toledo and recalled RHP Artie Lewicki.

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (bruised right elbow), who was struck by a line drive from Minnesota's Joe Mauer on June 16, is still experiencing swelling but could throw a bullpen session next week.

UP NEXT

Tigers LHP Francisco Liriano (3-2, 3.90 ERA) will be activated off the DL to take on Indians RHP Trevor Bauer (6-5, 2.50 ERA). Liriano suffered a strained right hamstring against the White Sox on May 26 and will be restricted to 75-80 pitches in his return.

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DET36-40
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CLE41-33
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  • W: S. Bieber (2-0)L: M. Fiers (5-4)
  • HR: CLE - E. Encarnacion (17), Y. Alonso (12), F. Lindor (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Martin CF30000122.257.330.449.7790.0
J. Candelario 3B40000012.248.353.475.827-0.5
N. Castellanos RF30100010.302.344.487.8300.5
a- V. Reyes PH10000000.217.217.300.5170.0
V. Martinez DH30000013.242.299.338.637-0.5
b- D. Machado PH-DH10000000.207.264.286.5490.0
N. Goodrum 2B30000020.244.323.463.786-1.0
c- R. Rodriguez PH10000000.083.115.083.1990.0
J. Hicks 1B30100020.279.323.436.7590.0
J. McCann C30100000.240.293.343.6361.0
J. Iglesias SS30100002.274.319.397.7151.0
J. Jones LF30100013.230.281.391.6721.5
  • a-grounded out for Castellanos in the 9th
  • b-popped out for Martinez in the 9th
  • c-grounded out for Goodrum in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS32111101.288.367.533.9008.0
E. Gonzalez SS00000000.300.347.471.8181.0
M. Brantley LF40110002.314.357.512.8693.0
B. Guyer LF10010001.159.260.318.5781.0
J. Ramirez 3B12000412.290.398.6091.0067.5
E. Encarnacion DH52231015.233.307.470.7779.5
Y. Alonso 1B41241002.255.327.456.78310.0
L. Chisenhall RF40000011.317.414.417.831-0.5
Y. Gomes C40000021.249.316.460.776-1.0
J. Kipnis 2B41100011.208.282.331.6132.5
T. Naquin CF42100011.312.337.419.7562.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Jones (14)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Brantley (16), J. Kipnis (15)
    • HR - F. Lindor (17), E. Encarnacion (17), Y. Alonso (12)
    • RBI - F. Lindor (41), M. Brantley (42), B. Guyer (11), E. Encarnacion 3 (47), Y. Alonso 4 (43)
    • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor (10)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Ramirez (11)
    FIELDING
    • E - N. Goodrum (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Kipnis-Ramirez-Alonso; Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso)
    • E - J. Kipnis (6)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Fiers (L, 5-4)5.04443424.291.331.0
    B. Farmer1.00000105.141.773.5
    J. Barbato0.135520112.152.40-10.0
    W. Saupold1.21110204.501.502.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Fiers (L, 5-4)5.0
    B. Farmer1.0
    J. Barbato0.1
    W. Saupold1.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Bieber (W, 2-0)7.04001902.451.3630.5
    Z. McAllister1.01000105.701.302.5
    G. Kontos1.00000004.571.383.0
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Bieber (W, 2-0)7.0
    Z. McAllister1.0
    G. Kontos1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Fiers (2), J. Barbato (2)
    • IBB - J. Barbato
    • HBP - W. Saupold (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 85-50, B. Farmer 12-7, J. Barbato 20-9, W. Saupold 36-21
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 4-8, W. Saupold 2-2
    • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 23, B. Farmer 3, J. Barbato 6, W. Saupold 8
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 97-63, Z. McAllister 12-10, G. Kontos 10-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 7-4, Z. McAllister 2-0, G. Kontos 2-1
    • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 25, Z. McAllister 4, G. Kontos 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    DET36-40
    000000000051
    CLE41-33
    00121051X1081
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF30000122.257.330.449.7790.0
    J. Candelario 3B40000012.248.353.475.827-0.5
    N. Castellanos RF30100010.302.344.487.8300.5
    a- V. Reyes PH10000000.217.217.300.5170.0
    V. Martinez DH30000013.242.299.338.637-0.5
    b- D. Machado PH-DH10000000.207.264.286.5490.0
    N. Goodrum 2B30000020.244.323.463.786-1.0
    c- R. Rodriguez PH10000000.083.115.083.1990.0
    J. Hicks 1B30100020.279.323.436.7590.0
    J. McCann C30100000.240.293.343.6361.0
    J. Iglesias SS30100002.274.319.397.7151.0
    J. Jones LF30100013.230.281.391.6721.5
    Total31050011012-----
    • a-grounded out for Castellanos in the 9th
    • b-popped out for Martinez in the 9th
    • c-grounded out for Goodrum in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS32111101.288.367.533.9008.0
    E. Gonzalez SS00000000.300.347.471.8181.0
    M. Brantley LF40110002.314.357.512.8693.0
    B. Guyer LF10010001.159.260.318.5781.0
    J. Ramirez 3B12000412.290.398.6091.0067.5
    E. Encarnacion DH52231015.233.307.470.7779.5
    Y. Alonso 1B41241002.255.327.456.78310.0
    L. Chisenhall RF40000011.317.414.417.831-0.5
    Y. Gomes C40000021.249.316.460.776-1.0
    J. Kipnis 2B41100011.208.282.331.6132.5
    T. Naquin CF42100011.312.337.419.7562.5
    Total341081035717-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Jones (14)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Brantley (16), J. Kipnis (15)
      • HR - F. Lindor (17), E. Encarnacion (17), Y. Alonso (12)
      • RBI - F. Lindor (41), M. Brantley (42), B. Guyer (11), E. Encarnacion 3 (47), Y. Alonso 4 (43)
      • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor (10)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez (11)
      FIELDING
      • E - N. Goodrum (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Kipnis-Ramirez-Alonso; Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso)
      • E - J. Kipnis (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers (L, 5-4)5.04443424.291.331.0
      B. Farmer1.00000105.141.773.5
      J. Barbato0.135520112.152.40-10.0
      W. Saupold1.21110204.501.502.0
      Total8.081010573---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers (L, 5-4)5.0
      B. Farmer1.0
      J. Barbato0.1
      W. Saupold1.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Bieber (W, 2-0)7.04001902.451.3630.5
      Z. McAllister1.01000105.701.302.5
      G. Kontos1.00000004.571.383.0
      Total9.05001100---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Bieber (W, 2-0)7.0
      Z. McAllister1.0
      G. Kontos1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Fiers (2), J. Barbato (2)
      • IBB - J. Barbato
      • HBP - W. Saupold (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 85-50, B. Farmer 12-7, J. Barbato 20-9, W. Saupold 36-21
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 4-8, W. Saupold 2-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 23, B. Farmer 3, J. Barbato 6, W. Saupold 8
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 97-63, Z. McAllister 12-10, G. Kontos 10-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 7-4, Z. McAllister 2-0, G. Kontos 2-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 25, Z. McAllister 4, G. Kontos 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Guyer reached on fielder's choice to second, Kipnis scored, Gonzalez to second on 2nd baseman Goodrum fielding error010
      • 7TH INNING
        Alonso homered to center, Lindor, Ramirez and Encarnacion scored09
        Encarnacion singled to left, Naquin scored, Lindor to third, Ramirez to second05
      • 5TH INNING
        Brantley doubled to deep right center, Naquin scored04
      • 4TH INNING
        Encarnacion homered to left, Ramirez scored03
      • 3RD INNING
        Lindor homered to right01
      • 9TH INNING
        • George Kontos relieved Zach McAllister
        • Victor Reyes hit for Nicholas Castellanos
        • V. Reyes: Foul, Reyes grounded out to second
        • Dixon Machado hit for Victor Martinez
        • D. Machado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Machado popped out to second
        • Ronny Rodriguez hit for Niko Goodrum
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rodriguez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Zach McAllister relieved Shane Bieber
        • Brandon Guyer in left field
        • Erik Gonzalez at shortstop
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Jones: Jones doubled to right center
        • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
        • J. Candelario: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Candelario grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • W. Saupold Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kipnis doubled to left
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Naquin grounded out to first, Kipnis to third
        • E. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Gonzalez hit by pitch
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Guyer reached on fielder's choice to second, Kipnis scored, Gonzalez to second on 2nd baseman Goodrum fielding error
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Encarnacion struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
        • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, McCann flied out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Johnny Barbato relieved Buck Farmer
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Naquin singled to center
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lindor walked, Naquin to second
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Naquin to third, Lindor to second on wild pitch, Ball, Brantley fouled out to catcher
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez intentionally walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion singled to left, Naquin scored, Lindor to third, Ramirez to second
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Alonso homered to center, Lindor, Ramirez and Encarnacion scored
        • Warwick Saupold relieved Johnny Barbato
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Chisenhall lined out to left
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gomes flied out to right
        • End of the 7th (5 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin walked
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos singled to right, Martin to second
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Castellanos out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Buck Farmer relieved Mike Fiers
        • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Chisenhall flied out to deep right
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Gomes struck out on foul tip
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kipnis flied out to center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Goodrum grounded out to first
        • J. Hicks: Ball, Hicks reached on an infield single to third
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, McCann singled to right center, Hicks to second
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Iglesias reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Hicks to third, McCann out at second
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Naquin struck out, reached on wild pitch
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Lindor flied out to left
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley doubled to deep right center, Naquin scored
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion flied out to right, Brantley to third
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ramirez stole second, Alonso grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Candelario grounded out to first
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Castellanos safe at first on 2nd baseman Kipnis fielding error
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Martinez grounded into double play second to third to first, Castellanos out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Pickoff attempt, Encarnacion homered to left, Ramirez scored
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Alonso singled to center
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Ball, Chisenhall popped out to shortstop
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, McCann grounded out to second
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Iglesias singled to left
        • J. Jones: Jones flied out to shallow right
        • L. Martin: Martin lined out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Kipnis flied out to left
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Naquin grounded out to pitcher
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor homered to right
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
        • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Chisenhall struck out swinging
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes popped out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Candelario flied out to center
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Lindor flied out to deep center
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley flied out to deep left
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion lined out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)