Detroit Tigers pitcher Mike Fiers throws against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, May 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Monday, May 14, 2018 11:40 pm
Detroit 6 Cleveland 3
Tigers finally beat Indians as Goodrum homers twice
NOAH TRISTER Associated Press
DETROIT – Niko Goodrum homered twice and drove in five runs, and the injury-plagued Detroit Tigers beat Carlos Carrasco and the Cleveland Indians 6-3 on Monday night.
Goodrum hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning and a three-run homer in the eighth, and for the second straight day, the Tigers won despite fielding a patchwork lineup against a tough opposing pitcher. Miguel Cabrera is on the disabled list, and Detroit has also been without Nicholas Castellanos and Jeimer Candelario.
The Tigers faced James Paxton and Seattle on Sunday and won that game in the bottom of the ninth. Then they made Carrasco’s outing difficult.
Jose Ramirez hit his 13th homer of the season for Cleveland, but the AL Central-leading Indians fell back to .500 and are only two games ahead of Detroit.
The Tigers had lost 11 straight against Cleveland, including a four-game sweep in Ohio last month.
Carrasco (5-2) had won his previous 12 decisions against the AL Central, but he gave up three runs and six hits in 62/3 innings Monday and received little run support.
Mike Fiers (4-2) gave up a run and three hits for Detroit in six innings. He walked one and struck out five. The Indians scored an unearned run in the eighth, but with the tying run on second, left-hander Daniel Stumpf came on and retired Yonder Alonso on a first-pitch popup for the third out.
Then Goodrum gave Detroit a 6-2 lead with his homer in the bottom of the inning.
Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor hit an RBI single in the ninth to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. The Indians brought the tying run to the plate against Shane Greene, but Michael Brantley grounded out to end it.