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In their biggest series so far this season, the Detroit Tigers pulled off their biggest comeback to down the Cleveland Indians 9-8 and move within a game of first place in the hunt for the AL Central Division crown. Yeah, I know it’s mid-May. It seems like ages ago that Francisco Liriano took the mound against Josh Tomlin, but after three and a half hours of pure insanity, the Tigers proved victorious to assure at the very least a series win against Cleveland.
Liriano’s regression tour continued as he gave up a leadoff single to Rajai Davis, and then walked both Michael Brantley and Francisco Lindor to load the bases with one out. After striking out Yan Gomes on three pitches, Brandon Guyer, who had an OPS of .548 coming into the game, sent the first pitch he saw over the Tigers’ bullpen in left field for a grand slam. The night was off to a whimsical start.

Not to worry, however, as JaCoby Jones led off the Tigers’ half of the first with his third home run of the year. With the Tigers now trailing 4-1, Liriano was courteous by giving the run right back to the Indians in the form of a lead off solo shot from Erik Gonzalez, his first of the year. For Liriano, it was his second straight start where he failed to make it through five innings, lasting only four-and-a-third innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, three walks, and 91 pitches.With the Indians extending their lead to 8-3 in the top of the sixth inning, Nicholas Castellanos made his triumphant return to the lineup with a solo shot to pull the Tigers within four.

And then the seventh inning happened. John Hicks led off with a ground ball single up the middle, and James McCann doubled to left field to bring the score to 8-5. With one out and McCann on third, Dixon Machado hit a ground ball to shortstop that looked to be an easy groundout. Instead of taking the out at first, Lindor fired the ball home to try and save a run, but everyone was safe.8-6.With the Tigers down by two and a man on base, Terry Francona made it clear that he wasn’t messing around by bringing in his ace reliever, Andrew Miller. Game over, right? WRONG! Jones and Pete Kozma both hit back to back doubles to tie the game, and after getting a line out from Castellanos, Miller walked three straight batters to give the Tigers a 9-8 lead. Baseball.

You think that was crazy? Well, onto the top half of the eighth.Daniel Stumpf, owner of a 5.79 ERA, came on to face the teeth of the Cleveland lineup. Jose Ramirez led off with a double, and Lindor followed with a walk. Gomes followed with a walk, and Daniel had Stumpfled into a bases loaded, no out situation. After a mound visit from the Wizard of Bos, Stumpf battled back to get a strikeout of Guyer. With one out and Jason Kipnis, a lefty, due up, it would make sense that Francona would go to his bench for the right handed hitting Edwin Encarnacion. Not the case. Tito allowed Kipnis to hit, and Kipnis grounded into an inning ending double play on the second pitch he saw. Somehow, Daniel Stumpf’d the Indians, and Shane Greene went on to finish the job in the ninth.

The Detroit Tigers (19-22) beat the Cleveland Indians, 9-8, on Tuesday night. … The Tiger trailed 8-4 before scoring five runs in the seventh; James McCann had an RBI double to left and scored when Dixon Machado reached on a fielder’s choice. JaCoby Jones and Pete Kozma added back-to-back RBI doubles. With one on and the score tied, 8-8, Indians lefty Andrew MIller gave up three consecutive walks, including a bases loaded walk to John Hicks. …. Tigers lefty Daniel Stumpf gave up a double and consecutive walks to load the bases with none out in the eighth, but got out of the jam. Brandon Guyer, who hit a grand slam off Francisco Liriano in the first inning, struck out. Then Jason Kipnis grounded into a double play. … Ex-Tiger Rajai Davis added a two-run double to left in the sixth and scored on a double by José Ramírez. Davis

finished 3-for-6, with two RBIs and two runs scored. … McCann finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored and Hicks went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored for the Tigers. Francisco Liriano left with runners on the corners and one out in the fifth inning. He allowed five runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings, including two home runs. He walked three and struck out three.
JaCoby Jones hit a leadoff home run to left and finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. … Hicks hit a RBI single to center in the fifth to bring home Niko Goodrum. After a double by McCann, Hicks scored on a groundout by José Iglesias. Hicks also singled and scored on a double by McCann in the seventh … Nicholas Castellanos hit a solo home run to left in the sixth inning. It was his fourth home run of the season.

Zac Reininger replaced Liriano with one out in the fifth and got Guyer to ground into a 6-4-3 double play. Reininger allowed three runs on three hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings. … Louis Coleman allowed two hits and no runs in an inning with one strikeout. … Shane Greene earned his ninth save.
In this forum last week I opined that Terry Francona is giving away baseball games when he brings in his dear friend Dan Otero to protect an 8-4 lead in the 7th inning. I, of course, can repeat that exact sentence tonight. Francona’s propensity to coddle and play his best friends was apparent in Boston and is even more pronounced in Cleveland. He doesn’t particularly like Jason Kipnis but Kipnis continues to play because the Tribe owes him $28 million for this season and next year.

The Indians led 4-0 and 8-4 before Detroit’s breakthrough seventh for its third straight win. Miller (1-2) allowed two inherited runners to score, then allowed two runs of his own. He faced six batters, giving up two doubles and three walks while getting one out.Louis Coleman (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh inning, and Shane Greene, pitching for the fourth straight day, worked the ninth for his ninth save. Nicholas Castellanos also homered for Detroit.
After Dan Otero gave up a run and left two on for Miller in the seventh, Jones and Pete Kozma hit back-to-back RBI doubles before walks by Victor Martinez and Niko Goodrum loaded the bases with two outs. Miller then walked John Hicks to force in the tying run.

The Indians loaded the bases with no one out in the eighth against Daniel Stumpf, but Brandon Guyer struck out and Jason Kipnis hit into an inning-ending double play.Guyer hit a first-pitch fastball into the Tigers bullpen for his first career grand slam in the first inning off starter Francisco Liriano.
Jones led off the bottom of the inning with his third homer, the 14th hit off Josh Tomlin this season, but Erik Gonzalez made it 5-1 with a home run in the second.Liriano left with runners on the corners and one out in the fifth, and Zac Reininger got Guyer to hit into a double play.Hicks pulled the Tigers within 5-2 with an RBI single in the fifth, and Jose Iglesias’ run-scoring groundout made it a two-run game.Davis, though, hit a two-run double off Reininger in the sixth to give Cleveland a 7-3 lead, and he scored on Ramirez’s double off Hicks’ glove at first.

 

Castellanos homered in the sixth to make it 8-4 and end Tomlin’s night.
Indians: Cleveland placed CF Bradley Zimmer (rib) on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 12, and selected the contract of RHP Neil Ramirez from Triple-A Columbus. To make room for Ramirez on the 40-man roster, LHP Ryan Merritt (knee) was moved to the 60-day disabled list.Tigers: 1B Miguel Cabrera (hamstring) is expected to miss at least another week, due to stiffness in his back and hip during rehab. … LHP Chad Bell was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves.UP NEXT: The teams finish a three-game series Wednesday afternoon with Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer (2-3, 3.00) facing a Tigers pitcher to be named. Detroit will need to use a spot starter because of Saturday’s doubleheader and Jordan Zimmermann’s shoulder injury.
The Tribe’s loss last night snapped their 11-game win streak against Detroit which extended back to September 1, 2017. Despite the loss, Cleveland has still held the Tigers to three-or- fewer runs in 13 of their last 15 matchups with a 1.61 team ERA (24ER/134.0IP) over that span.

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