Cleveland Indians: Make it 10 straight wins as Corey Kluber dominates Detroit Tigers

By Rich Shook, The Sports Xchange  |  Sept. 3, 2017 at 12:05 AM
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DETROIT -- Abraham Almonte drove in three runs with a double and a single, Corey Kluber tamed Detroit on eight hits over eight innings to win his 14th game and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-2 Saturday night for their 10th straight win.

Kluber (14-4) had Detroit shut out through six innings but Mikie Mahtook doubled leading off the seventh, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Bryan Holaday's single to right center.

Kluber, now 7-7 lifetime against Detroit, stranded a runner at third with one out in the third and left runners at the corners with one out the next inning. He struck out seven and didn't walk a batter.

Cody Allen had to come in for his 23rd save, which he got by getting Ian Kinsler to ground out to short, but only after Jose Iglesias shot an RBI single to right. Bryan Shaw allowed singles to Mahtook and Jeimer Candelario to open the inning and was relieved after two flyouts to center, the last of which advanced Mahtook to third.

The Indians jumped on Jordan Zimmermann (8-12) for four runs in the first. Bradley Zimmer and Jose Ramirez each tripled with one out and it became 2-0 when Edwin Encarnacion singled up the middle. Carlos Santana doubled Encarnacion to third and both scored on Almonte's two-out ground single to right.

Lonnie Chisenhall doubled with one out in the fifth and scored on Almonte's double to left center.

Zimmermann allowed 12 hits on 98 pitches spread over his five innings. He didn't walk anybody and struck out two.

Alex Presley had four singles for the Tigers, the first four-hit game of his career.

There were no walks in the game.

NOTES: Tigers DH Victor Martinez (irregular heartbeat) has been declared out for the season and will undergo an ablation procedure that Detroit expects to have him ready for 2018. ... RHP Danny Salazar (elbow inflammation) has been penciled in to start Tuesday at Chicago against the White Sox, according to Cleveland manager Terry Francona. ... Detroit 1B Miguel Cabrera (six games), RHP Alex Wilson (three games) and manager Brad Ausmus (one game) all began serving their suspensions for their parts in a scrum with the New York Yankees Aug. 24. ... Before Wednesday (New York) and Friday (Detroit), the last time Cleveland swept back-to-back doubleheaders on the road was July 2 & 4, 1944, in Washington and New York.

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