Lindor homers twice to lift Indians to 8-3 win over Tigers

DETROIT (AP) When Francisco Lindor hits a home run, he tries to avoid thinking too much about adding another one.

''I try to focus on either hitting the ball the other way or hitting back up the middle, or doing something to kind of control myself,'' the Cleveland shortstop said. ''When I try to hit home runs, they don't go out. I wish they did.''

Whatever his approach, Lindor is certainly a threat to hit the ball a long way, and he went deep twice Friday night to lift the Cleveland Indians to an 8-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers. It was Lindor's fifth multihomer game of the season, tying him with Manny Machado and Khris Davis for the most in baseball.

''The ball just jumps off his bat,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''Fun to watch.''

Yonder Alonso and Brandon Guyer also went deep for the AL Central-leading Indians, who improved to 29-13 against division opponents and extended their lead over second-place Minnesota to eight games. Cleveland scored four runs in the eighth on a tiebreaking single by Alonso and a three-run homer by Guyer.

Victor Martinez hit a solo shot for the Tigers, but All-Star Joe Jimenez (4-2) couldn't hold off the Indians in the eighth.

Cody Allen (3-4) won in relief.

With runners on first and second and one out in the eighth, Alonso slapped an RBI single to left off Jimenez that put the Indians up 4-3. Left-hander Daniel Stumpf came on for the Tigers, and Cleveland sent Guyer up as a pinch-hitter. He delivered with his fifth homer of the year.

''Joe didn't throw anything but fastballs out there, and he has to be able to show them something else,'' Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''It's a learning experience for him, but the catcher has other fingers. He needs to learn from this, too.''

Lindor added a solo shot in the ninth, his 27th homer of the year.

Carlos Carrasco allowed one earned run in 6 1/3 innings for the Indians. Detroit scored twice in the third after Victor Reyes reached on a throwing error by Alonso, the first baseman. Nicholas Castellanos and Niko Goodrum hit RBI doubles with two outs.

Lindor tied it in the fifth with a two-run shot to right-center. Then Alonso put the Indians ahead with a solo shot in the sixth, only for Martinez to tie it in the bottom half with his sixth home run of the season.

Jimenez allowed a single and a walk to start the eighth. He struck out Edwin Encarnacion, but Alonso's hit put Cleveland ahead to stay.

Tigers starter Mike Fiers allowed three runs and five hits in six innings.

STRONG IN RELIEF

Francona said before the game he might use Allen in situations other than the ninth inning. ''We're trying to get him on a roll,'' the Cleveland manager said.

Sure enough, Allen came in with one on and one out in the seventh and got Jeimer Candelario to hit into a double play. He then got two more outs in the eighth.

''You've got guys behind him, where you can do that,'' Francona said. ''I like the idea of him having to come in and, right now, make a pitch.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: OF Tyler Naquin was scratched shortly before the game with right hip discomfort. ''We got him scanned, and doctors are just not comfortable releasing him to play,'' Francona said. ''We're going to send him back to Cleveland and get him worked up there.''... LHP Andrew Miller (right knee inflammation) threw a 35-pitch side session Thursday.

Tigers: Detroit reinstated RHP Johnny Barbato (right shoulder rotator cuff tendinitis) from the DL and optioned him to Triple-A Toledo.

UP NEXT

Mike Clevinger (7-6) takes the mound Saturday night for Cleveland against Blaine Hardy (3-3). Francisco Liriano was supposed to start for the Tigers, but Gardenhire said he's been in the hospital dealing with some sort of allergic reaction.

''He's OK now and he'll be here (Saturday), but we're not going to start him with everything he's been dealing with today. If he's fine, we might use him out of the bullpen.''

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CLE56-46
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DET44-61
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  • W: C. Allen (3-4)L: J. Jimenez (4-2)
  • HR: CLE - Y. Alonso (17), B. Guyer (5), F. Lindor 2 (27), DET - V. Martinez (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS52232000.294.369.571.94013.0
M. Brantley LF51200000.302.348.476.8233.0
J. Ramirez 3B31000200.296.403.6201.0233.0
E. Encarnacion DH40000034.235.319.475.794-1.5
Y. Alonso 1B32221100.260.331.461.79310.0
M. Cabrera RF30100000.253.284.342.6261.0
a- B. Guyer PH-RF11131000.210.304.403.7078.0
J. Kipnis 2B40000022.219.306.362.667-1.0
Y. Gomes C41100012.241.299.417.7161.5
R. Davis CF40000011.243.297.289.586-0.5
  • a-homered for Cabrera in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Martin CF50200024.251.323.414.7371.0
J. Candelario 3B50100004.231.323.425.7481.0
N. Castellanos RF41110011.297.350.505.8553.5
N. Goodrum 2B40110011.244.312.439.7512.5
V. Martinez DH21211201.243.296.333.6309.0
J. Adduci PR-DH00000000.219.265.344.6080.0
J. Hicks 1B40100011.271.326.427.7540.5
J. McCann C40100023.230.277.337.6141.0
J. Iglesias SS30100111.265.308.385.6931.5
V. Reyes LF41000012.218.225.273.4982.5
    BATTING
    • HR - F. Lindor 2 (27), Y. Alonso (17), B. Guyer (5)
    • RBI - F. Lindor 3 (66), Y. Alonso 2 (60), B. Guyer 3 (20)
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Castellanos (31), N. Goodrum (22), J. McCann (12)
    • HR - V. Martinez (6)
    • RBI - N. Castellanos (57), N. Goodrum (33), V. Martinez (35)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos (28), N. Goodrum (8)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - V. Reyes (6)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - M. Brantley (4)
    • DP - (Alonso-Lindor)
    • E - Y. Alonso (7)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Carrasco6.17312813.891.1715.0
    O. Perez0.01000001.150.57-1.0
    C. Allen (W, 3-4)1.10001004.681.239.0
    A. Cimber0.11000003.001.08-1.0
    D. Otero1.01000105.221.182.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Carrasco6.1
    O. Perez0.0
    C. Allen (W, 3-4)1.1
    A. Cimber0.1
    D. Otero1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Fiers6.05332423.541.2413.0
    L. Coleman1.00000103.641.383.5
    J. Jimenez (L, 4-2)0.12331103.181.13-10.5
    D. Stumpf0.21110116.651.94-1.5
    V. Alcantara1.01110011.351.051.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Fiers6.0
    L. Coleman1.0
    J. Jimenez (L, 4-2)0.1
    D. Stumpf0.2
    V. Alcantara1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 97-68, O. Perez 4-3, C. Allen 16-9, A. Cimber 5-3, D. Otero 20-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 6-4, C. Allen 2-1, D. Otero 2-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 27, O. Perez, C. Allen 4, A. Cimber 2, D. Otero 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 103-65, L. Coleman 10-7, J. Jimenez 23-16, D. Stumpf 20-16, V. Alcantara 10-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 3-11
    • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 25, L. Coleman 3, J. Jimenez 4, D. Stumpf 3, V. Alcantara 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    CLE56-46
    000021041891
    DET44-61
    0020010003100
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS52232000.294.369.571.94013.0
    M. Brantley LF51200000.302.348.476.8233.0
    J. Ramirez 3B31000200.296.403.6201.0233.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40000034.235.319.475.794-1.5
    Y. Alonso 1B32221100.260.331.461.79310.0
    M. Cabrera RF30100000.253.284.342.6261.0
    a- B. Guyer PH-RF11131000.210.304.403.7078.0
    J. Kipnis 2B40000022.219.306.362.667-1.0
    Y. Gomes C41100012.241.299.417.7161.5
    R. Davis CF40000011.243.297.289.586-0.5
    Total368984379-----
    • a-homered for Cabrera in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF50200024.251.323.414.7371.0
    J. Candelario 3B50100004.231.323.425.7481.0
    N. Castellanos RF41110011.297.350.505.8553.5
    N. Goodrum 2B40110011.244.312.439.7512.5
    V. Martinez DH21211201.243.296.333.6309.0
    J. Adduci PR-DH00000000.219.265.344.6080.0
    J. Hicks 1B40100011.271.326.427.7540.5
    J. McCann C40100023.230.277.337.6141.0
    J. Iglesias SS30100111.265.308.385.6931.5
    V. Reyes LF41000012.218.225.273.4982.5
    Total35310313918-----
      BATTING
      • HR - F. Lindor 2 (27), Y. Alonso (17), B. Guyer (5)
      • RBI - F. Lindor 3 (66), Y. Alonso 2 (60), B. Guyer 3 (20)
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Castellanos (31), N. Goodrum (22), J. McCann (12)
      • HR - V. Martinez (6)
      • RBI - N. Castellanos (57), N. Goodrum (33), V. Martinez (35)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos (28), N. Goodrum (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - V. Reyes (6)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Brantley (4)
      • DP - (Alonso-Lindor)
      • E - Y. Alonso (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Carrasco6.17312813.891.1715.0
      O. Perez0.01000001.150.57-1.0
      C. Allen (W, 3-4)1.10001004.681.239.0
      A. Cimber0.11000003.001.08-1.0
      D. Otero1.01000105.221.182.5
      Total9.01031391---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Carrasco6.1
      O. Perez0.0
      C. Allen (W, 3-4)1.1
      A. Cimber0.1
      D. Otero1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers6.05332423.541.2413.0
      L. Coleman1.00000103.641.383.5
      J. Jimenez (L, 4-2)0.12331103.181.13-10.5
      D. Stumpf0.21110116.651.94-1.5
      V. Alcantara1.01110011.351.051.0
      Total9.0988374---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers6.0
      L. Coleman1.0
      J. Jimenez (L, 4-2)0.1
      D. Stumpf0.2
      V. Alcantara1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 97-68, O. Perez 4-3, C. Allen 16-9, A. Cimber 5-3, D. Otero 20-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 6-4, C. Allen 2-1, D. Otero 2-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 27, O. Perez, C. Allen 4, A. Cimber 2, D. Otero 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 103-65, L. Coleman 10-7, J. Jimenez 23-16, D. Stumpf 20-16, V. Alcantara 10-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 3-11
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 25, L. Coleman 3, J. Jimenez 4, D. Stumpf 3, V. Alcantara 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Lindor homered to right center83
      • 8TH INNING
        Guyer homered to left, Ramirez and Alonso scored73
        Alonso singled to left, Brantley scored, Ramirez to second43
      • 6TH INNING
        Martinez homered to right center33
        Alonso homered to right32
      • 5TH INNING
        Lindor homered to right center, Gomes scored22
      • 3RD INNING
        Goodrum doubled to left, Castellanos scored02
        Castellanos doubled to deep left, Reyes scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Victor Alcantara relieved Daniel Stumpf
        • R. Davis: Davis flied out to left
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Lindor homered to right center
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Brantley popped out to third
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Dan Otero relieved Adam Cimber
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Iglesias singled to shallow center
        • V. Reyes: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Reyes reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Iglesias out at second
        • L. Martin: Foul, Ball, Reyes to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Candelario grounded out to first
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joe Jimenez relieved Louis Coleman
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Brantley singled to center
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked, Brantley to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Alonso singled to left, Brantley scored, Ramirez to second
        • Daniel Stumpf relieved Joe Jimenez
        • Brandon Guyer hit for Melky Cabrera
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Guyer homered to left, Ramirez and Alonso scored
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gomes popped out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Allen Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castellanos grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Goodrum: Goodrum flied out to left
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
        • Adam Cimber relieved Cody Allen
        • Jim Adduci ran for Victor Martinez
        • J. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Ball, Hicks singled to right, Adduci to third
        • J. McCann: McCann flied out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Louis Coleman relieved Mike Fiers
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gomes lined out to third
        • R. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • F. Lindor: Lindor popped out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • V. Reyes: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
        • Oliver Perez relieved Carlos Carrasco
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Martin singled to right
        • Cody Allen relieved Oliver Perez
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Candelario grounded into double play shortstop to first, Martin out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Encarnacion struck out looking
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso homered to right
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to left
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kipnis flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • V. Martinez: Foul, Foul, Martinez homered to right center
        • J. Hicks: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Iglesias fouled out to third
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Gomes singled to left
        • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Davis flied out to right
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lindor homered to right center, Gomes scored
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Brantley fouled out to third
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Candelario singled to left, Candelario out at second
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Alonso flied out to deep right
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera flied out to center
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • J. Hicks: Hicks flied out to right
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, McCann doubled to deep right
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Iglesias walked
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Reyes reached on fielder's choice to second, McCann to third, Iglesias out at second
        • L. Martin: Ball, Martin flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Davis grounded out to pitcher
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor lined out to first
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brantley singled to left center
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked, Brantley to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Encarnacion struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Reyes safe at first on 1st baseman Alonso fielding error
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes stole second, Strike swinging, Ball, Candelario grounded out to first, Reyes to third
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos doubled to deep left, Reyes scored
        • N. Goodrum: Goodrum doubled to left, Castellanos scored
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez singled to shallow right, Goodrum out at home
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion grounded out to third
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso walked
        • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Cabrera singled to right, Alonso to second
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kipnis flied out to center
        • Y. Gomes: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
        • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hicks reached on fielder's choice to third, Martinez out at second
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Lindor fouled out to third
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brantley lined out to center
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez popped out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Martin singled to center
        • J. Candelario: Candelario flied out to center
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos reached on fielder's choice to third, Martin out at second
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Goodrum grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)