Mercado breaks tie with 2nd homer, Indians beat Tigers 8-6

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians wanted to bounce back from a disappointing series against the Minnesota Twins.

Oscar Mercado made certain they did.

Cleveland's rookie outfielder hit his second home run of the game - a leadoff blast in the seventh inning - and the Indians continued to dominate Detroit with an 8-6 win over the Tigers on Monday night.

Mercado, who came into the game in a 1-for-25 skid, homered into the bleachers in left field off Victor Alcantara (3-2) to break a 5-all tie. Mercado also hit a solo home run off Detroit starter Daniel Norris in the fifth.

The Indians have won nine of 10 against the Tigers this season, including eight in a row.

Cleveland dropped two of three to AL Central-leading Minnesota coming out of the All-Star break. The Indians lost the first two games of the weekend series before salvaging Sunday's finale and are six games behind the Twins.

''After losing the first two games, obviously that put a lot of pressure on us,'' Mercado said. ''Winning that game yesterday was absolutely huge. Going into this series, you take the first game and you definitely get back on track.''

The game was delayed for 54 minutes in the top of the seventh by heavy rain and strong winds. The grounds crew needed nearly a half-hour to clear the outfield warning track of standing water from the downpour.

Nick Wittgren (4-0) retired Jeimer Candelario with two on to end the inning before the Indians scored three times. Jose Ramirez had a two-run double following Mercado's homer.

Mercado was dealing with his first extended slump since being called up on May 14.

''I've got to thank my teammates for that one,'' he said. ''They know what it's like. I've had a lot of conversations with them. They told me that's how it's going to go sometimes.''

Alcantara retired Francisco Lindor to end the sixth, but all four hitters he faced in the seventh had hits.

''He was fine physically, but he never hit a location one time,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''It had nothing to do with the rain delay. He only threw two pitches (in the sixth) and he had to warmup, but he hadn't pitched since July 3 and obviously the results weren't good.''

Alcantara was making his first appearance since having a wisdom tooth removed.

Jordy Mercer homered twice for Detroit, including a leadoff shot in the ninth off Brad Hand. Victor Reyes singled, but Hand retired the next three hitters, including Miguel Cabrera and Nicholas Castellanos on strikeouts, for his 25th save in 26 chances.

Mercer, Candelario and Christin Stewart homered off Cleveland starter Adam Plutko.

Norris left in the sixth with a 5-3 lead. Tyler Naquin's two-run double off Daniel Stumpf tied the game and ended Norris' bid for his first win since May 12.

Trevor Rosenthal, released by Washington last month, pitched the eighth for Detroit, striking out two, allowing a hit and throwing a wild pitch. He was pitching at Triple-A Toledo after signing with the Tigers.

''He threw 99 (mph), had a good curveball, obviously missed a couple of pitches, but for the first time out, I liked what I saw,'' Gardenhire said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: OF JaCoby Jones (lower back strain) has reported for a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Toledo.

Indians: Manager Terry Francona said a decision will be made in the next couple of days when RHP Corey Kluber will begin throwing off a mound. The two-time AL Cy Young winner broke his right arm when he was hit by a line drive May 1 in Miami. Tests have shown Kluber's arm is healing properly and he's been playing catch from 150 feet.

GO TO REPLAY

Victor Reyes led off the game with a single, but was thrown out at home on Harold Castro's double. Mercado made a strong relay from center field to Lindor, who threw to catcher Roberto Perez.

Reyes bowled over Perez, who hung on to the ball. The Tigers challenged the play that Perez didn't give Reyes a clear path to the plate, but the call was confirmed.

''You're supposed to give a guy a spot to slide, but he had no lane to use to get to the plate,'' Gardenhire said.

''I was kinda holding my breath a little,'' Francona said. ''I don't know what else (Perez) could do.''

UP NEXT

Tigers: LHP Ryan Carpenter (1-5, 8.36 ERA) will be recalled from Toledo to start Tuesday. RHP Jose Cisnero was optioned to Toledo.

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Indians: RHP Zach Plesac (3-3, 4.00 ERA) will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus to start Tuesday.

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  • W: N. Wittgren (4-0)L: V. Alcantara (3-2)S: B. Hand (25)
  • HR: DET - J. Mercer 2 (3), J. Candelario (7), C. Stewart (7), CLE - M. Freeman (3), O. Mercado 2 (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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H. Castro 2B40210001.322.336.443.7804.0
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N. Castellanos RF31100211.280.342.463.8053.5
J. Candelario 3B41111005.217.305.373.6786.0
C. Stewart LF21121200.240.324.411.7359.0
N. Goodrum 1B40100011.242.318.389.7070.5
J. Hicks C40000002.200.236.319.5550.0
J. Mercer SS43322012.213.271.393.66414.5
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D. Stumpf P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    O. Mercado CF52322003.284.332.454.78515.0
    C. Santana 1B51100032.293.413.543.9550.5
    J. Luplow LF41100021.250.327.480.8081.0
    J. Ramirez 3B40220000.225.311.360.6715.0
    B. Bradley DH40000011.178.245.356.600-0.5
    R. Perez C22100201.259.350.519.8685.0
    M. Freeman 2B42221012.284.379.459.8398.5
    T. Naquin RF40220021.278.316.477.7934.0
    A. Plutko P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - H. Castro (5), J. Mercer (7)
      • HR - J. Candelario (7), C. Stewart (7), J. Mercer 2 (3)
      • SF - H. Castro (3)
      • RBI - H. Castro (13), J. Candelario (21), C. Stewart 2 (32), J. Mercer 2 (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Castellanos, J. Candelario 4 (4), J. Mercer 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Ramirez (17), T. Naquin (14)
      • HR - O. Mercado 2 (6), M. Freeman (3)
      • RBI - O. Mercado 2 (19), J. Ramirez 2 (39), M. Freeman 2 (12), T. Naquin 2 (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Freeman 2 (7), T. Naquin 2 (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, O. Mercado 2 (2), C. Santana, J. Luplow, M. Freeman, T. Naquin
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - O. Mercado (7)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - C. Stewart (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - O. Mercado (2)
      • DP - (Wittgren-Lindor-Santana)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Norris5.28552825.141.444.0
      D. Stumpf (BS, 2)0.01000004.561.77-1.0
      V. Alcantara (L, 3-2)0.14330015.301.39-12.0
      J. Cisnero1.00000003.271.363.0
      T. Rosenthal1.010002019.643.273.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Norris5.2
      D. Stumpf (BS, 2)0.0
      V. Alcantara (L, 3-2)0.1
      J. Cisnero1.0
      T. Rosenthal1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Plutko5.17551135.401.202.5
      T. Olson0.01001003.961.68-2.0
      A. Cole1.01000203.381.413.0
      N. Goody0.10001102.401.27-0.5
      N. Wittgren (W, 4-0)1.10001003.091.009.0
      B. Hand (S, 25)1.02110212.290.998.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Plutko5.1
      T. Olson0.0
      A. Cole1.0
      N. Goody0.1
      N. Wittgren (W, 4-0)1.1
      B. Hand (S, 25)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Rosenthal (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 89-60, D. Stumpf 3-2, V. Alcantara 10-7, J. Cisnero 14-10, T. Rosenthal 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 5-3, J. Cisnero 1-2, T. Rosenthal 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Norris 26, D. Stumpf, V. Alcantara 5, J. Cisnero 3, T. Rosenthal 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 77-51, T. Olson 7-2, A. Cole 14-11, N. Goody 7-3, N. Wittgren 16-9, B. Hand 15-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 3-11, N. Wittgren 2-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 23, T. Olson 2, A. Cole 4, N. Goody 2, N. Wittgren 4, B. Hand 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      H. Castro 2B40210001.322.336.443.7804.0
      M. Cabrera DH50000023.293.355.384.739-1.0
      N. Castellanos RF31100211.280.342.463.8053.5
      J. Candelario 3B41111005.217.305.373.6786.0
      C. Stewart LF21121200.240.324.411.7359.0
      N. Goodrum 1B40100011.242.318.389.7070.5
      J. Hicks C40000002.200.236.319.5550.0
      J. Mercer SS43322012.213.271.393.66414.5
      D. Norris P0000-000.167.167.167.000-
      D. Stumpf P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      V. Alcantara P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Cisnero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      T. Rosenthal P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS50200011.289.346.492.8381.5
        O. Mercado CF52322003.284.332.454.78515.0
        C. Santana 1B51100032.293.413.543.9550.5
        J. Luplow LF41100021.250.327.480.8081.0
        J. Ramirez 3B40220000.225.311.360.6715.0
        B. Bradley DH40000011.178.245.356.600-0.5
        R. Perez C22100201.259.350.519.8685.0
        M. Freeman 2B42221012.284.379.459.8398.5
        T. Naquin RF40220021.278.316.477.7934.0
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        B. Hand P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - H. Castro (5), J. Mercer (7)
          • HR - J. Candelario (7), C. Stewart (7), J. Mercer 2 (3)
          • SF - H. Castro (3)
          • RBI - H. Castro (13), J. Candelario (21), C. Stewart 2 (32), J. Mercer 2 (5)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Castellanos, J. Candelario 4 (4), J. Mercer 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Ramirez (17), T. Naquin (14)
          • HR - O. Mercado 2 (6), M. Freeman (3)
          • RBI - O. Mercado 2 (19), J. Ramirez 2 (39), M. Freeman 2 (12), T. Naquin 2 (26)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Freeman 2 (7), T. Naquin 2 (15)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, O. Mercado 2 (2), C. Santana, J. Luplow, M. Freeman, T. Naquin
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - O. Mercado (7)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - C. Stewart (2)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - O. Mercado (2)
          • DP - (Wittgren-Lindor-Santana)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Norris5.28552825.141.444.0
          D. Stumpf (BS, 2)0.01000004.561.77-1.0
          V. Alcantara (L, 3-2)0.14330015.301.39-12.0
          J. Cisnero1.00000003.271.363.0
          T. Rosenthal1.010002019.643.273.0
          Total8.014882103---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Norris5.2
          D. Stumpf (BS, 2)0.0
          V. Alcantara (L, 3-2)0.1
          J. Cisnero1.0
          T. Rosenthal1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Plutko5.17551135.401.202.5
          T. Olson0.01001003.961.68-2.0
          A. Cole1.01000203.381.413.0
          N. Goody0.10001102.401.27-0.5
          N. Wittgren (W, 4-0)1.10001003.091.009.0
          B. Hand (S, 25)1.02110212.290.998.0
          Total9.01166464---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Plutko5.1
          T. Olson0.0
          A. Cole1.0
          N. Goody0.1
          N. Wittgren (W, 4-0)1.1
          B. Hand (S, 25)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - T. Rosenthal (6)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 89-60, D. Stumpf 3-2, V. Alcantara 10-7, J. Cisnero 14-10, T. Rosenthal 16-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 5-3, J. Cisnero 1-2, T. Rosenthal 1-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Norris 26, D. Stumpf, V. Alcantara 5, J. Cisnero 3, T. Rosenthal 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 77-51, T. Olson 7-2, A. Cole 14-11, N. Goody 7-3, N. Wittgren 16-9, B. Hand 15-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 3-11, N. Wittgren 2-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 23, T. Olson 2, A. Cole 4, N. Goody 2, N. Wittgren 4, B. Hand 5
          • 9TH INNING
            Mercer homered to center68
          • 7TH INNING
            Ramirez doubled to deep right, Santana and Luplow scored58
            Mercado homered to left center56
          • 6TH INNING
            Naquin doubled to shallow left, Perez and Freeman scored55
            Candelario homered to center53
          • 5TH INNING
            Mercado homered to left center43
            Mercer homered to left42
          • 4TH INNING
            Stewart homered to right center, Castellanos scored32
          • 3RD INNING
            Castro hit sacrifice fly to left, Mercer scored12
          • 2ND INNING
            Freeman homered to left center, Perez scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Brad Hand relieved Nick Wittgren
            • J. Mercer: Mercer homered to center
            • V. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reyes singled to left
            • H. Castro: Strike looking, Castro lined out to right
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • N. Wittgren Pitching:
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Stewart walked
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Goodrum grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Stewart out at second
            • J. Hicks: Hicks flied out to shallow center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Trevor Rosenthal relieved Jose Cisnero
            • T. Naquin: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor singled to center
            • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lindor to second on wild pitch, Ball, Mercado grounded out to third
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • A. Cole Pitching:
            • V. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
            • H. Castro: Strike looking, Castro singled to left
            • Nick Goody relieved A.J. Cole
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Ball
            • Castellanos walked, Castro to second
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Candelario grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • V. Alcantara Pitching:
            • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Ball, Mercado homered to left center
            • C. Santana: Santana singled to right
            • J. Luplow: Ball, Luplow singled to center, Santana to second
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez doubled to deep right, Santana and Luplow scored
            • Jose Cisnero relieved Victor Alcantara
            • B. Bradley: Foul, Bradley grounded out to first, Ramirez to third
            • R. Perez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez lined out to shortstop
            • M. Freeman: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Freeman fouled out to left
            • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Castellanos grounded out to second
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Candelario homered to center
            • Tyler Olson relieved Adam Plutko
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Stewart walked
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Goodrum singled to right, Stewart to second
            • A.J. Cole relieved Tyler Olson
            • J. Hicks: Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks popped out to first
            • J. Mercer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to second
            • B. Bradley: Bradley flied out to center
            • R. Perez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Perez singled to deep right center
            • M. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Freeman singled to right, Perez to second
            • Daniel Stumpf relieved Daniel Norris
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Strike looking, Naquin doubled to shallow left, Perez and Freeman scored
            • Victor Alcantara relieved Daniel Stumpf
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Lindor lined out to center
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Mercer homered to left
            • V. Reyes: Foul, Reyes flied out to left
            • H. Castro: Ball, Castro grounded out to second
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera flied out to shallow center
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Foul, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mercado homered to left center
            • C. Santana: Santana grounded out to third
            • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Luplow struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Castellanos singled to left
            • J. Candelario: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Candelario flied out to deep center
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike swinging, Stewart homered to right center, Castellanos scored
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • B. Bradley: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • R. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
            • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
            • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mercer doubled to left center
            • V. Reyes: Reyes lined out to right, Mercer to third
            • H. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro hit sacrifice fly to left, Mercer scored
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera fouled out to catcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • J. Luplow: Luplow flied out to right
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Stewart popped out to shortstop
            • N. Goodrum: Foul, Foul, Goodrum flied out to right
            • J. Hicks: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hicks grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez singled to deep left, Ramirez out at second
            • B. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bradley grounded out to first
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
            • M. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Freeman homered to left center, Perez scored
            • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Naquin singled to deep right
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Lindor singled to center, Naquin to second
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercado lined out to right
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Reyes singled to right
            • H. Castro: Castro doubled to left center, Reyes out at home
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera lined out to left
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castellanos walked
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Candelario popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Lindor struck out looking
            • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Mercado singled to center
            • C. Santana: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Mercado stole second, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • J. Luplow: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Luplow struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)