Bieber sharp, Martin steals home as Indians beat Tigers 4-2

DETROIT (AP) Leonys Martin noticed Victor Alcantara putting his head down while preparing to pitch.

It was the right time for the Cleveland baserunner to take off for the plate.

''I wasn't afraid, man,'' Martin said.

Martin stole home in the eighth inning for an insurance run, and the Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 on Saturday behind an impressive start by Shane Bieber. Detroit managed only one baserunner in the first six innings against Bieber, who lasted into the eighth.

Bieber (6-2) allowed four hits and struck out 12 in 7 2/3 innings. Detroit scored twice in the seventh but never led.

Martin provided the highlight of the game with two outs in the eighth, getting a good-sized lead and taking off from third on Alcantara.

''He keep the head down every single time,'' Martin said. ''After I see a couple pitches, I said this is the right moment, this is a good opportunity. The third baseman helped me a little bit in that decision, because he was far away from the base.''

Alcantara stepped off and threw to the plate, and although the ball arrived at the same time as Martin, the Cleveland runner's hand knocked the ball away as he reached for home.

''We're playing in the hole with the third baseman, over toward shortstop, and Victor's got his little thing when he comes set where he looks down. I saw Leo way down the line, that's why the pitch before I kind of faked like we were going to throw behind him,'' Detroit catcher John Hicks said. ''When Victor came set, I saw him take off. I was yelling with everything I have to step off. The ball got there right as he did and when I went to tag him, he knocked it out of my glove.''

The Indians led 4-2 after that play. Oliver Perez relieved Bieber and got the final out of the eighth, then Brad Hand finished for his 20th save in 20 chances.

Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected in the sixth. Bench coach Steve Liddle said there was a disagreement over the strike zone.

The first three Cleveland runs came in the fifth off reliever Nick Ramirez (3-1) on a misty, rainy day in which fielders seemed to have trouble with popups and fly balls. Detroit's Nicholas Castellanos allowed Jordan Luplow's fly to deep right to drop for an RBI double, and Jose Ramirez's sacrifice fly made it 2-0. Kevin Plawecki added an infield single to bring home another run.

Bieber struck out his last two batters of the fifth and all three in the sixth, but the Tigers loaded the bases with nobody out in the seventh, and Brandon Dixon hit a two-run single. Bieber recovered to strike out Harold Castro, and Ronny Rodriguez bounced into an unusual 5-4-5 double play. Miguel Cabrera, who was on second, held up on the grounder to the left side, trying not to run into a tag. So Ramirez, the third baseman, threw to second for a force play, then took the return throw and tagged out Cabrera.

That got Bieber out of that jam.

''He got back in the strike zone,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''I thought our infielders, really with a heads-up double play.''

Umpire Mike Muchlinski handled second base Saturday, replacing Jim Wolf, who Major League Baseball said was out tending to a medical issue.

SOLID

The Tigers were hoping for two or three innings from starter Gregory Soto, but he made it through four without allowing a run. He did allow two hits and four walks with three strikeouts.

TRANSACTIONS

Detroit reinstated INF Jeimer Candelario (left shoulder) from the injured list and optioned him to Triple-A Toledo.

Cleveland claimed RHP Jordan Stephens off waivers from the Chicago White Sox and optioned him to Double-A Akron.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (right elbow sprain) has been on a rehab assignment with Toledo, but he was in the Detroit clubhouse Saturday and expressed hope that his next start could be with the Tigers. Gardenhire sounded skeptical of that at first, but he changed his tune after checking some files on his desk. ''Well, it's a possibility,'' he said. Gardenhire did say the Tigers don't want to rush Zimmermann back, but he can obviously pitch again for Detroit when he's healthy enough.

UP NEXT

Indians: Trevor Bauer (4-6) starts the series finale Sunday.

Tigers: Spencer Turnbull (3-5) takes the mound as Detroit tries to avoid a three-game sweep.

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  • W: S. Bieber (6-2)L: N. Ramirez (3-1)S: B. Hand (20)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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O. Mercado LF51200002.287.337.436.7735.0
C. Santana 1B31100211.289.411.525.9365.5
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J. Ramirez 3B40110004.202.297.302.5982.0
J. Kipnis 2B50000022.207.263.293.556-1.0
K. Plawecki C30210101.179.270.333.6034.0
J. Bauers DH40000024.218.300.377.677-1.0
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    N. Goodrum SS40100030.235.315.400.7150.5
    C. Stewart LF31000121.237.327.410.7371.0
    N. Castellanos RF41100000.260.315.443.7572.0
    M. Cabrera DH40300010.294.357.394.7513.5
    G. Beckham PR-DH00000000.232.333.434.7680.0
    B. Dixon 1B40120012.287.304.504.8082.5
    H. Castro CF30000023.229.269.271.540-1.0
    a- J. Jones PH10000011.249.323.446.770-0.5
    R. Rodriguez 2B30000023.215.245.450.695-1.0
    J. Hicks C30000020.219.257.367.625-1.0
    D. Lugo 3B30000010.222.240.347.587-0.5
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    N. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-struck out for H. Castro in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Luplow (7), L. Martin (7)
    • SF - J. Ramirez (3)
    • RBI - J. Luplow (18), J. Ramirez (24), K. Plawecki (8)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Plawecki (4)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor 2 (2), J. Luplow 2 (2), J. Ramirez 4 (4), J. Bauers 2 (2), L. Martin
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Goodrum (14), M. Cabrera (11)
    • RBI - B. Dixon 2 (26)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Stewart, J. Jones, R. Rodriguez
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - F. Lindor 2 (9), O. Mercado (3), C. Santana (2), L. Martin (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Ramirez-Kipnis)
    FIELDING
    • E - N. Goodrum (7)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Bieber (W, 6-2)7.242211203.921.0930.0
    O. Perez (H, 6)0.11000104.501.20-0.5
    B. Hand (S, 20)1.01000200.880.7510.0
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Bieber (W, 6-2)7.2
    O. Perez (H, 6)0.1
    B. Hand (S, 20)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Soto4.02004308.661.987.5
    N. Ramirez (L, 3-1)3.06331103.001.26-5.5
    V. Alcantara1.01110004.701.301.0
    J. Jimenez1.00000104.761.313.5
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Soto4.0
    N. Ramirez (L, 3-1)3.0
    V. Alcantara1.0
    J. Jimenez1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 105-76, O. Perez 9-5, B. Hand 13-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 5-5
    • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 27, O. Perez 2, B. Hand 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Soto 75-47, N. Ramirez 56-32, V. Alcantara 8-6, J. Jimenez 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Soto 6-4, N. Ramirez 4-4, V. Alcantara 2-1
    • Batters Faced - G. Soto 19, N. Ramirez 16, V. Alcantara 4, J. Jimenez 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    F. Lindor SS50100003.300.364.525.8895.0
    O. Mercado LF51200002.287.337.436.7735.0
    C. Santana 1B31100211.289.411.525.9365.5
    J. Luplow RF31110202.244.316.504.8206.0
    J. Ramirez 3B40110004.202.297.302.5982.0
    J. Kipnis 2B50000022.207.263.293.556-1.0
    K. Plawecki C30210101.179.270.333.6034.0
    J. Bauers DH40000024.218.300.377.677-1.0
    L. Martin CF41100002.207.285.360.6455.0
    S. Bieber P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    O. Perez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    B. Hand P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Total3649305521-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      N. Goodrum SS40100030.235.315.400.7150.5
      C. Stewart LF31000121.237.327.410.7371.0
      N. Castellanos RF41100000.260.315.443.7572.0
      M. Cabrera DH40300010.294.357.394.7513.5
      G. Beckham PR-DH00000000.232.333.434.7680.0
      B. Dixon 1B40120012.287.304.504.8082.5
      H. Castro CF30000023.229.269.271.540-1.0
      a- J. Jones PH10000011.249.323.446.770-0.5
      R. Rodriguez 2B30000023.215.245.450.695-1.0
      J. Hicks C30000020.219.257.367.625-1.0
      D. Lugo 3B30000010.222.240.347.587-0.5
      G. Soto P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
      N. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      V. Alcantara P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Jimenez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      Total32262011510-----
      • a-struck out for H. Castro in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Luplow (7), L. Martin (7)
      • SF - J. Ramirez (3)
      • RBI - J. Luplow (18), J. Ramirez (24), K. Plawecki (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Plawecki (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor 2 (2), J. Luplow 2 (2), J. Ramirez 4 (4), J. Bauers 2 (2), L. Martin
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Goodrum (14), M. Cabrera (11)
      • RBI - B. Dixon 2 (26)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Stewart, J. Jones, R. Rodriguez
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - F. Lindor 2 (9), O. Mercado (3), C. Santana (2), L. Martin (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Ramirez-Kipnis)
      FIELDING
      • E - N. Goodrum (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Bieber (W, 6-2)7.242211203.921.0930.0
      O. Perez (H, 6)0.11000104.501.20-0.5
      B. Hand (S, 20)1.01000200.880.7510.0
      Total9.06221150---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Bieber (W, 6-2)7.2
      O. Perez (H, 6)0.1
      B. Hand (S, 20)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Soto4.02004308.661.987.5
      N. Ramirez (L, 3-1)3.06331103.001.26-5.5
      V. Alcantara1.01110004.701.301.0
      J. Jimenez1.00000104.761.313.5
      Total9.0944550---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Soto4.0
      N. Ramirez (L, 3-1)3.0
      V. Alcantara1.0
      J. Jimenez1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 105-76, O. Perez 9-5, B. Hand 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 5-5
      • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 27, O. Perez 2, B. Hand 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Soto 75-47, N. Ramirez 56-32, V. Alcantara 8-6, J. Jimenez 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Soto 6-4, N. Ramirez 4-4, V. Alcantara 2-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Soto 19, N. Ramirez 16, V. Alcantara 4, J. Jimenez 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Martin stole home42
      • 7TH INNING
        Dixon singled to left center, Stewart and Castellanos scored, Cabrera to second32
      • 5TH INNING
        Plawecki reached on an infield single to third, Luplow scored30
        Ramirez hit sacrifice fly to left, Santana scored20
        Luplow doubled to deep right, Mercado scored, Santana to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Joe Jimenez relieved Victor Alcantara
        • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Luplow flied out to left
        • J. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Ramirez flied out to deep right
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Kipnis struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Brad Hand relieved Oliver Perez
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Castellanos flied out to right
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera doubled to deep left
        • Gordon Beckham ran for Miguel Cabrera
        • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Dixon struck out on foul tip
        • JaCoby Jones hit for Harold Castro
        • J. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Victor Alcantara relieved Nick Ramirez
        • L. Martin: Martin doubled to deep right
        • F. Lindor: Lindor flied out to left, Martin to third
        • O. Mercado: Ball, Mercado grounded out to third
        • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Martin stole home, Strike looking, Santana grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • J. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Hicks fouled out to catcher
        • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Foul, Lugo grounded out to second
        • Oliver Perez relieved Shane Bieber
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Goodrum doubled to right
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez singled to left
        • J. Kipnis: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kipnis flied out to center
        • K. Plawecki: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Plawecki reached on fielder's choice to center, Ramirez out at second
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Bauers struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stewart walked
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Castellanos singled to shallow right, Stewart to second
        • M. Cabrera: Foul, Cabrera singled to right, Stewart to third, Castellanos to second
        • B. Dixon: Dixon singled to left center, Stewart and Castellanos scored, Cabrera to second
        • H. Castro: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Rodriguez reached on a double play second to third, Cabrera out at third, Dixon out at second
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Martin grounded out to second
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lindor singled to right
        • O. Mercado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercado flied out to center
        • C. Santana: Ball, Lindor stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
        • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Lindor stole third, Santana to second, Luplow popped out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • J. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • D. Lugo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Lugo struck out swinging
        • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Nick Ramirez relieved Gregory Soto
        • O. Mercado: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Mercado reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • C. Santana: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Santana singled to right, Mercado to second
        • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Luplow doubled to deep right, Mercado scored, Santana to third
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez hit sacrifice fly to left, Santana scored
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to first, Luplow to third
        • K. Plawecki: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Plawecki reached on an infield single to third, Luplow scored
        • J. Bauers: Bauers grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera singled to center
        • B. Dixon: Ball, Dixon lined out to center
        • H. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • G. Soto Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kipnis grounded out to second
        • K. Plawecki: Ball, Plawecki singled to center
        • J. Bauers: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bauers struck out looking
        • L. Martin: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Martin safe at first on shortstop Goodrum throwing error, Plawecki to second
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Lindor reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Martin out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castellanos popped out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • G. Soto Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Lindor grounded out to second
        • O. Mercado: Foul, Ball, Mercado reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • C. Santana: Ball, Mercado stole second, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • J. Luplow: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Luplow walked
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ramirez flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
        • J. Hicks: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • D. Lugo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lugo flied out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • G. Soto Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • K. Plawecki: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Plawecki walked
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bauers reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Plawecki out at second
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Martin flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
        • B. Dixon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Dixon grounded out to pitcher
        • H. Castro: Foul, Strike looking, Castro grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • G. Soto Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Lindor grounded out to second
        • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Mercado flied out to center
        • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
        • J. Luplow: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Luplow walked, Santana to second
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez popped out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Stewart grounded out to second
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Castellanos flied out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)