JaCoby Jones' 2-run HR lifts Tigers to 2-1 win over Indians

DETROIT (AP) Blaine Hardy refuses to let the lack of a defined role rattle him.

He gave up only one run in a spot start and JaCoby Jones hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the third inning to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Saturday night.

Hardy (4-3) made his 10th start of the season, equaling his number of relief appearances. The left-hander replaced scheduled starter Francisco Liriano.

''He can go a lot of different ways,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardnehire said. ''Some pitchers can't do that. They need more routine. If we asked him to close, he would probably go do that.''

Hardy gave up just four hits over five innings.

''The curveball was working for the first time in about two years,'' he deadpanned.

Three Detroit relievers combined to pitch four scoreless innings. Shane Greene retired the side in order in the ninth for his 21st save in 24 chances.

Mike Clevinger (7-7) allowed two runs and struck out eight over five innings, making his start that was in doubt because of an illness that kept him up much of the previous night.

''Credit to the staff here to be able to put my body back together to get going,'' he said.

POWER OUTAGE

Cleveland's bullpen kept the team within a run, but its usually potent offense was kept quiet.

The AL Central-leading Indians entered the game as the second-highest scoring team in the majors, but could only score against the rebuilding Tigers on Jason Kipnis' single in the second inning.

''They kind of took the spin out of bats,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. ''Hardy was able to spin the breaking ball, especially in fastball counts.''

ROSTER MOVES

Indians: RHP Adam Plutko was recalled from Triple-A Columbus and OF Tyler Naquin was put on the DL because of with a strained right hip.

Tigers: LHP Josh Smoker was claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh and sent to Triple-A Toledo.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: With Naquin's injury making the Indians' outfield even more banged up, Francona acknowledged the front office is trying to trade for an outfielder.

''Regardless of who is in the outfield, we're supposed to win,'' Francona said.

Tigers: Liriano was scheduled to start Saturday before being scratched because of an allergic reaction, giving him rashes on his back. Liriano had blood work done and results were expected Monday. ... Jones left the game after the fifth inning with tightness in his lower back. ''It's nothing,'' he said.

STAND-UP STOLEN BASE

Jones stole second base in the fifth inning without sliding, beating the throw relatively easily. Gardenhire wished Jones had slid, but said the outfielder told him he didn't because he got a big jump.

''I didn't slide because I didn't have to,'' Jones said with a shrug.

KEEPING IT CLOSE

The Tigers had a chance to add to their one-run lead in the seventh with the bases loaded and no outs, chasing Zach McAllister.

Oliver Perez entered for a one-pitch outing, getting Leonys Martin to pop up. Neil Ramirez followed and retired the next two batters, including Nicholas Castellanos on an inning-ending strikeout on three pitches.

''They gave us a chance because that game could've got spread out really easily,'' Francona said.

UP NEXT

Cleveland RHP Corey Kluber (12-6) is scheduled to start Sunday on five days' rest and Detroit RHP Jordan Zimmermann (4-2) is expected to be on the mound in the series finale.

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  • W: B. Hardy (4-3)L: M. Clevinger (7-7)S: S. Greene (21)
  • HR: DET - J. Jones (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Brantley LF40200000.304.349.476.8252.0
J. Ramirez 3B30000102.293.402.6151.0171.0
E. Encarnacion DH40000013.232.316.470.785-0.5
B. Guyer RF40000001.203.295.390.6850.0
Y. Alonso 1B41100000.260.331.459.7892.0
R. Davis CF30100010.245.298.290.5880.5
a- M. Cabrera PH10000000.250.281.338.6180.0
J. Kipnis 2B30110000.220.306.362.6672.0
R. Perez C20000102.145.229.214.4431.0
  • a-fouled out for Davis in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Martin CF40100004.251.322.411.7341.0
J. Candelario 3B40000025.228.320.420.740-1.0
N. Castellanos RF40000035.294.347.500.847-1.5
N. Goodrum 2B40000020.240.308.433.741-1.0
V. Martinez DH40100000.243.296.332.6281.0
J. Hicks C40100010.271.325.425.7500.5
J. Adduci 1B30100022.229.270.343.6132.0
J. Iglesias SS31100012.266.308.387.6954.5
J. Jones LF11121100.208.265.369.63410.0
V. Reyes LF00000100.218.232.273.5051.0
    BATTING
    • RBI - J. Kipnis (43)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Iglesias (24)
    • HR - J. Jones (8)
    • RBI - J. Jones 2 (24)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - F. Lindor (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Adduci, J. Iglesias (13), J. Jones (9)
    FIELDING
    • E - Y. Alonso (8), M. Clevinger (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Iglesias-Goodrum-Adduci)
    • E - N. Goodrum (8)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Clevinger (L, 7-7)5.05221813.431.236.0
    Z. McAllister1.01001104.971.371.5
    O. Perez0.10000001.130.560.0
    N. Ramirez1.20000204.051.134.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Clevinger (L, 7-7)5.0
    Z. McAllister1.0
    O. Perez0.1
    N. Ramirez1.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Hardy (W, 4-3)5.04112103.611.2415.5
    D. VerHagen (H, 1)2.01000106.321.185.5
    J. Jimenez (H, 14)1.00001003.111.122.0
    S. Greene (S, 21)1.00000004.091.2510.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Hardy (W, 4-3)5.0
    D. VerHagen (H, 1)2.0
    J. Jimenez (H, 14)1.0
    S. Greene (S, 21)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 78-54, Z. McAllister 25-14, O. Perez 1-1, N. Ramirez 12-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 1-6, Z. McAllister 2-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 21, Z. McAllister 6, O. Perez, N. Ramirez 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Hardy 74-47, D. VerHagen 28-20, J. Jimenez 14-5, S. Greene 12-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Hardy 3-9, D. VerHagen 2-4, J. Jimenez 1-2, S. Greene 1-2
    • Batters Faced - B. Hardy 19, D. VerHagen 8, J. Jimenez 4, S. Greene 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    F. Lindor SS30000101.292.368.567.9350.0
    M. Brantley LF40200000.304.349.476.8252.0
    J. Ramirez 3B30000102.293.402.6151.0171.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40000013.232.316.470.785-0.5
    B. Guyer RF40000001.203.295.390.6850.0
    Y. Alonso 1B41100000.260.331.459.7892.0
    R. Davis CF30100010.245.298.290.5880.5
    a- M. Cabrera PH10000000.250.281.338.6180.0
    J. Kipnis 2B30110000.220.306.362.6672.0
    R. Perez C20000102.145.229.214.4431.0
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    • a-fouled out for Davis in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF40100004.251.322.411.7341.0
    J. Candelario 3B40000025.228.320.420.740-1.0
    N. Castellanos RF40000035.294.347.500.847-1.5
    N. Goodrum 2B40000020.240.308.433.741-1.0
    V. Martinez DH40100000.243.296.332.6281.0
    J. Hicks C40100010.271.325.425.7500.5
    J. Adduci 1B30100022.229.270.343.6132.0
    J. Iglesias SS31100012.266.308.387.6954.5
    J. Jones LF11121100.208.265.369.63410.0
    V. Reyes LF00000100.218.232.273.5051.0
    Total31262121118-----
      BATTING
      • RBI - J. Kipnis (43)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Iglesias (24)
      • HR - J. Jones (8)
      • RBI - J. Jones 2 (24)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - F. Lindor (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Adduci, J. Iglesias (13), J. Jones (9)
      FIELDING
      • E - Y. Alonso (8), M. Clevinger (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Iglesias-Goodrum-Adduci)
      • E - N. Goodrum (8)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger (L, 7-7)5.05221813.431.236.0
      Z. McAllister1.01001104.971.371.5
      O. Perez0.10000001.130.560.0
      N. Ramirez1.20000204.051.134.0
      Total8.06222111---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Clevinger (L, 7-7)5.0
      Z. McAllister1.0
      O. Perez0.1
      N. Ramirez1.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Hardy (W, 4-3)5.04112103.611.2415.5
      D. VerHagen (H, 1)2.01000106.321.185.5
      J. Jimenez (H, 14)1.00001003.111.122.0
      S. Greene (S, 21)1.00000004.091.2510.0
      Total9.0511320---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Hardy (W, 4-3)5.0
      D. VerHagen (H, 1)2.0
      J. Jimenez (H, 14)1.0
      S. Greene (S, 21)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 78-54, Z. McAllister 25-14, O. Perez 1-1, N. Ramirez 12-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 1-6, Z. McAllister 2-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 21, Z. McAllister 6, O. Perez, N. Ramirez 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Hardy 74-47, D. VerHagen 28-20, J. Jimenez 14-5, S. Greene 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Hardy 3-9, D. VerHagen 2-4, J. Jimenez 1-2, S. Greene 1-2
      • Batters Faced - B. Hardy 19, D. VerHagen 8, J. Jimenez 4, S. Greene 3
      • 3RD INNING
        Jones homered to left, Iglesias scored12
      • 2ND INNING
        Kipnis singled to right center, Alonso scored, Davis to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Shane Greene relieved Joe Jimenez
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Guyer flied out to center
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Alonso grounded out to shortstop
        • Melky Cabrera hit for Rajai Davis
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Cabrera fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joe Jimenez relieved Drew VerHagen
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Lindor grounded out to second
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley lined out to center
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Goodrum popped out to shortstop
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Martinez flied out to shallow right
        • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Hicks struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. VerHagen Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso flied out to deep right
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Davis popped out to shortstop
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kipnis safe at first on 2nd baseman Goodrum fielding error
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Perez grounded into fielder's choice to second, Kipnis out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Z. McAllister Pitching:
        • J. Adduci: Strike looking, Adduci singled to right
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Adduci stole second, Iglesias safe at first on 1st baseman Alonso fielding error, Adduci to third
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Iglesias stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Reyes walked
        • Oliver Perez relieved Zach McAllister
        • L. Martin: Martin popped out to first
        • Neil Ramirez relieved Oliver Perez
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Foul, Candelario flied out to shallow right
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Drew VerHagen relieved Blaine Hardy
        • Victor Reyes in left field
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Brantley singled to right center
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ramirez popped out to shortstop
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Guyer fouled out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Zach McAllister relieved Mike Clevinger
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez flied out to center
        • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Hicks grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Hardy Pitching:
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis popped out to shortstop
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Jones walked
        • L. Martin: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Jones stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Martin flied out to deep right, Jones to third
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Hardy Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Foul, Encarnacion flied out to deep center
        • B. Guyer: Foul, Ball, Guyer flied out to right
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Alonso flied out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • V. Martinez: Martinez singled to center
        • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Hicks singled to shallow left, Martinez to second
        • J. Adduci: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Adduci struck out swinging
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Hardy Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor flied out to right
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley flied out to shallow center
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • J. Adduci: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adduci struck out swinging
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias doubled to left
        • J. Jones: Jones homered to left, Iglesias scored
        • L. Martin: Ball, Martin singled to right
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Candelario lined out to center
        • N. Castellanos: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Martin to third on Clevinger fielding error, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Hardy Pitching:
        • B. Guyer: Guyer flied out to right
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Alonso singled to shallow left center
        • R. Davis: Davis singled to left center, Alonso to third
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Kipnis singled to right center, Alonso scored, Davis to second
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Perez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Kipnis out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Goodrum flied out to left
        • V. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez fouled out to catcher
        • J. Hicks: Ball, Hicks fouled out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Hardy Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Lindor picked off at second, pitcher to first, Brantley singled to center
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ramirez fouled out to shortstop
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion flied out to shallow right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martin lined out to right
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)