4 Cleveland HRs power Kluber past Tigers for 5th win in row

DETROIT (AP) Now down three key players in the season's early going, the Cleveland Indians reclaimed their usual spot at the top of the AL Central on Tuesday.

Corey Kluber earned his first win of the season in his third start, powered by four home runs that sent the Indians over the Detroit Tigers 8-2.

The Indians won their fifth in a row, stopped Detroit's five-game winning streak and retook the lead in a division they've won three straight years.

On the day right-hander Mike Clevinger hit the injured list, Kluber (1-2) allowed one earned run over six innings. A two-time Cy Young Award winner who went 20-7 last season, Kluber struck out eight.

''Nobody on the other side of the field is going to feel sorry for you,'' Kluber said. ''If we get bad news on a guy, then obviously you feel bad for him and you don't wish that. But when `play ball' comes, let's go out there and compete against the other team.''

The Indians were already without shortstop Francisco Lindor and second baseman Jason Kipnis with right calf strains.

Leonys Martin, Brad Miller, Roberto Perez and Jake Bauers all entered with sub-.200 batting averages before hitting their first homers of the season. Cleveland had hit a total of only four home runs this year before connecting at Comerica Park.

''I know this is a big ballpark but it was not playing that way, the ball was flying,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''I thought Kluber did a really good of adding and subtracting. A couple ball they did hit, they hit to the big part of the field.''

Jordan Zimmermann (0-1) gave up four earned runs of the five he allowed and was chased in the fifth inning. He had allowed just one run in 13 2/3 innings in his first two starts.

''I just wasn't able to get the grip and feeling I've had on the last two starts,'' Zimmermann said.

He became the first Tigers starter to allow more than three earned runs in a game this season, snapping a streak of 10 games, which tied the 1987 club record.

Martin homered on the second pitch of the game against his former team, which traded him in July before a bacterial infection ended his season and threatened his life.

Miller added a two-run homer in the second, starting off a 2-for-2 afternoon in which he scored three times. Perez added a wind-aided, towering shot in the fifth inning, and Bauers homered off reliever Blaine Hardy to make it 6-2 in the sixth.

''The Perez homer, I thought that was a flyball, popup and the wind blew it out,'' Zimmermann said. ''I could've saved a couple runs if the wind wasn't howling out.''

Miguel Cabrera had an RBI double and Niko Goodrum had a run-scoring single for the Tigers, who had opened the season winning seven of 10 games. They had been 3-0 at home after sweeping Kansas City over the weekend.

TOUGH CALL

After the first two batters reached on Kluber in the first, Cabrera thought a 3-1 pitch was out of the zone. It was called a strike and he struck out swinging on the next offering.

''It changed the whole game,'' Cabrera said. ''He didn't bring his best stuff today and they win the game.''

In his last six starts against Detroit dating back to 2017, Kluber is 6-0 with a 0.97 ERA and 49 strikeouts.

LITTLE LEAGUE HOMER

Eric Stamets singled and scored on a three-base error by center fielder Mikie Mahtook, who let the ball roll under his glove and reach the wall. Mahtook went 0 for 4 and is hitless in 23 at-bats this season.

ROBBED

First baseman Carlos Santana made a diving catch down the line to end the fifth inning. Santana was hitless in four at-bats, breaking a streak of eight straight games with a hit. The Indians celebrated Santana's 33rd birthday from Monday and his U.S. citizenship with cake in the postgame locker room. Santana and teammate Hanley Ramirez, both from the Dominican Republic, will be sworn in as Americans on April 19.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: Clevinger will miss at least six weeks with a back muscle injury. The team announced Clevinger strained his teres major, a muscle in his upper back. Francona said it would be six to eight weeks before he picks up a ball and resumes pitching activity. Clevinger had not allowed an earned run in 12 innings over two starts this season.

The 28-year-old Clevinger has emerged over the last two years as one of the AL's top pitchers. He was 13-8 with a 3.02 ERA last season, striking out 207 in 200 innings. With Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco, Clevinger helped make up one of the majors' best rotations.

The Indians called up righty Nick Wittgren, a reliever from Triple-A Columbus.

Tigers: Reliever Drew VerHagen made his season debut after opening the year on the injured list with a forearm strain. He retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out one.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (1-0, 0.64 ERA) starts Wednesday at Detroit coming off seven innings of no-hit ball on April 5 against Toronto. He has allowed one hit over 14 innings.

Tigers: LHP Matthew Boyd (0-1, 3.18) starts for the first time since his 13-strikeout outing, a career high, April 3 against the Yankees.

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  • W: C. Kluber (1-2)L: J. Zimmermann (0-1)
  • HR: CLE - R. Perez (1), L. Martin (1), B. Miller (1), J. Bauers (1)
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H. Ramirez DH30000110.208.367.458.8250.5
T. Naquin RF31100000.308.308.423.7313.0
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R. Perez C41111023.095.200.238.4385.0
B. Miller 2B23221100.200.333.400.73314.0
M. Moroff 2B10000010.111.111.167.278-0.5
E. Stamets SS31120010.077.138.115.2533.5
  • a-singled for Naquin in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Harrison 2B51200002.150.244.175.4194.0
N. Castellanos RF41100012.286.375.429.8041.5
M. Cabrera 1B40210012.263.391.289.6813.5
D. Peterson 1B00000000.167.167.250.4170.0
N. Goodrum LF40110023.257.381.429.8101.0
J. Candelario 3B30000113.195.283.268.5510.5
C. Stewart DH40000006.167.256.444.7000.0
M. Mahtook CF40000020.000.080.000.080-1.0
G. Greiner C40100000.129.182.161.3431.0
J. Mercer SS40100011.176.263.265.5281.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Naquin (3), B. Miller
    • HR - L. Martin, J. Bauers, R. Perez, B. Miller
    • SF - E. Stamets
    • RBI - L. Martin, J. Bauers (3), R. Perez (4), B. Miller 2 (3), E. Stamets 2 (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Miller 2 (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Perez 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Harrison, M. Cabrera, J. Mercer (3)
    • RBI - M. Cabrera (3), N. Goodrum (4)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Harrison 2 (2), C. Stewart 6 (6)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - B. Miller
    • CS - L. Martin
    FIELDING
    • E - E. Stamets (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Cabrera-Candelario)
    • E - G. Greiner, M. Mahtook (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber (W, 1-2)6.07211803.861.4723.0
    D. Otero1.00000000.001.133.0
    T. Olson1.00000000.000.503.0
    J. Edwards1.01000002.251.752.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber (W, 1-2)6.0
    D. Otero1.0
    T. Olson1.0
    J. Edwards1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Zimmermann (L, 0-1)4.14542432.500.78-1.0
    B. Hardy1.21110115.680.791.5
    R. Garrett1.02211002.701.20-1.0
    D. Stumpf1.01001200.001.712.0
    D. VerHagen1.00000100.000.003.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Zimmermann (L, 0-1)4.1
    B. Hardy1.2
    R. Garrett1.0
    D. Stumpf1.0
    D. VerHagen1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 96-59, D. Otero 8-6, T. Olson 11-6, J. Edwards 14-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 4-7, D. Otero 2-1, T. Olson 1-2, J. Edwards 2-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 27, D. Otero 3, T. Olson 3, J. Edwards 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 73-41, B. Hardy 18-12, R. Garrett 18-10, D. Stumpf 24-15, D. VerHagen 10-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 4-4, B. Hardy 2-2, R. Garrett 1-1, D. VerHagen 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 18, B. Hardy 6, R. Garrett 5, D. Stumpf 5, D. VerHagen 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    L. Martin CF31111210.167.306.333.6396.5
    J. Ramirez 3B40000002.171.211.229.4390.0
    J. Bauers LF41111020.200.273.367.6395.0
    G. Allen LF00000000.050.130.100.2300.0
    C. Santana 1B40000000.371.436.514.9500.0
    H. Ramirez DH30000110.208.367.458.8250.5
    T. Naquin RF31100000.308.308.423.7313.0
    a- J. Luplow PH-RF10100000.250.357.250.6071.0
    R. Perez C41111023.095.200.238.4385.0
    B. Miller 2B23221100.200.333.400.73314.0
    M. Moroff 2B10000010.111.111.167.278-0.5
    E. Stamets SS31120010.077.138.115.2533.5
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    • a-singled for Naquin in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Harrison 2B51200002.150.244.175.4194.0
    N. Castellanos RF41100012.286.375.429.8041.5
    M. Cabrera 1B40210012.263.391.289.6813.5
    D. Peterson 1B00000000.167.167.250.4170.0
    N. Goodrum LF40110023.257.381.429.8101.0
    J. Candelario 3B30000113.195.283.268.5510.5
    C. Stewart DH40000006.167.256.444.7000.0
    M. Mahtook CF40000020.000.080.000.080-1.0
    G. Greiner C40100000.129.182.161.3431.0
    J. Mercer SS40100011.176.263.265.5281.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Naquin (3), B. Miller
      • HR - L. Martin, J. Bauers, R. Perez, B. Miller
      • SF - E. Stamets
      • RBI - L. Martin, J. Bauers (3), R. Perez (4), B. Miller 2 (3), E. Stamets 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Miller 2 (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Perez 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Harrison, M. Cabrera, J. Mercer (3)
      • RBI - M. Cabrera (3), N. Goodrum (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Harrison 2 (2), C. Stewart 6 (6)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Miller
      • CS - L. Martin
      FIELDING
      • E - E. Stamets (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Cabrera-Candelario)
      • E - G. Greiner, M. Mahtook (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 1-2)6.07211803.861.4723.0
      D. Otero1.00000000.001.133.0
      T. Olson1.00000000.000.503.0
      J. Edwards1.01000002.251.752.0
      Total9.0821180---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 1-2)6.0
      D. Otero1.0
      T. Olson1.0
      J. Edwards1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Zimmermann (L, 0-1)4.14542432.500.78-1.0
      B. Hardy1.21110115.680.791.5
      R. Garrett1.02211002.701.20-1.0
      D. Stumpf1.01001200.001.712.0
      D. VerHagen1.00000100.000.003.5
      Total9.0886484---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Zimmermann (L, 0-1)4.1
      B. Hardy1.2
      R. Garrett1.0
      D. Stumpf1.0
      D. VerHagen1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 96-59, D. Otero 8-6, T. Olson 11-6, J. Edwards 14-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 4-7, D. Otero 2-1, T. Olson 1-2, J. Edwards 2-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 27, D. Otero 3, T. Olson 3, J. Edwards 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 73-41, B. Hardy 18-12, R. Garrett 18-10, D. Stumpf 24-15, D. VerHagen 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 4-4, B. Hardy 2-2, R. Garrett 1-1, D. VerHagen 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 18, B. Hardy 6, R. Garrett 5, D. Stumpf 5, D. VerHagen 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Stamets singled to center, Miller and Stamets scored on center fielder Mahtook fielding error82
      • 6TH INNING
        Bauers homered to right62
      • 5TH INNING
        Cabrera doubled to deep center, Castellanos scored52
        Stamets hit sacrifice fly to center, Miller scored51
        Perez homered to left41
      • 2ND INNING
        Miller homered to right, Naquin scored31
      • 1ST INNING
        Goodrum singled to shallow right, Harrison scored, Castellanos to third11
        Martin homered to right center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Drew VerHagen relieved Daniel Stumpf
        • Dustin Peterson at first base
        • M. Moroff: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Moroff struck out swinging
        • E. Stamets: Ball, Stamets lined out to left
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Foul, Martin grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jon Edwards relieved Tyler Olson
        • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Strike looking, Mahtook grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Greiner: Ball, Strike looking, Greiner flied out to deep center
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mercer doubled to deep center
        • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Harrison grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Daniel Stumpf relieved Reed Garrett
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Santana lined out to right
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • Jordan Luplow hit for Tyler Naquin
        • J. Luplow: Luplow singled to shallow left, Ramirez to second
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Greg Allen in left field
        • Tyler Olson relieved Dan Otero
        • N. Goodrum: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Goodrum lined out to right
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Candelario grounded out to third
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Stewart popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Reed Garrett relieved Blaine Hardy
        • R. Perez: Perez flied out to deep right
        • B. Miller: Foul, Ball, Miller doubled to left
        • E. Stamets: Strike looking, Stamets singled to center, Miller and Stamets scored on center fielder Mahtook fielding error
        • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martin walked
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to first, Martin out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Max Moroff at second base
        • Dan Otero relieved Corey Kluber
        • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Harrison grounded out to third
        • N. Castellanos: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Castellanos flied out to right
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Hardy Pitching:
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Bauers homered to right
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Santana lined out to left
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Naquin grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • M. Mahtook: Mahtook grounded out to pitcher
        • G. Greiner: Ball, Ball, Greiner flied out to left
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Mercer struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Perez homered to left
        • B. Miller: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Miller walked
        • E. Stamets: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Miller stole second, Miller to third on catcher Greiner throwing error, Stamets hit sacrifice fly to center, Miller scored
        • Blaine Hardy relieved Jordan Zimmermann
        • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez lined out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Castellanos singled to shallow right
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera doubled to deep center, Castellanos scored
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Candelario grounded out to second, Cabrera to third
        • C. Stewart: Stewart lined out to first
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana grounded out to second
        • H. Ramirez: Ramirez lined out to right
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Naquin grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • M. Mahtook: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mahtook struck out looking
        • G. Greiner: Ball, Greiner singled to right
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Mercer grounded out to second, Greiner to second
        • J. Harrison: Harrison popped out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin walked
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez flied out to left
        • J. Bauers: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Martin caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bauers struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Harrison doubled to shallow left
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera reached on an infield single to shortstop, Harrison to third
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Candelario walked, Cabrera to second
        • C. Stewart: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Stewart flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Foul, Ball, Naquin doubled to left center
        • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Perez struck out on foul tip
        • B. Miller: Ball, Strike looking, Miller homered to right, Naquin scored
        • E. Stamets: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Stamets struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
        • G. Greiner: Ball, Greiner flied out to left
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mercer flied out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Ball, Martin homered to right center
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez lined out to shortstop
        • J. Bauers: Bauers grounded out to third
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Santana grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • J. Harrison: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Harrison singled to shallow right
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Castellanos safe at first on shortstop Stamets throwing error, Harrison to third, Castellanos to second
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Goodrum singled to shallow right, Harrison scored, Castellanos to third
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • C. Stewart: Foul, Stewart popped out to third
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)