Detroit Mauls Weary Tribe in Series Opener; Tigers 12, Indians 1

The Indians were a tired team and the Detroit Tigers put them to sleep on Labor Day.

After a Sunday night game in Kansas City that was suspended in the 10th inning due to a storm and a flight that did not get the Indians back to Cleveland until 3:30 a.m., they came out flat Monday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers. Miguel Cabrera was the biggest Grim Reaper for the Tigers, going 4-for-5 with two home runs, driving in three runs and scoring four times to help Detroit to a 12-1 drubbing in what was supposed to be a pitcher’s duel between David Price and Corey Kluber. The 23,296 fans in attendance at Progressive Field went home seeing another key matchup go to the Tigers.

Kluber survived just two and two-third innings, his shortest start of the year. In the first inning Ian Kinsler started the game with a triple when Mike Aviles dove and came up shot on the looping liner. The ball got by him and Kinsler hustled into third base easily. Two hitters later, Cabrera lined his 18th home run of the season into the left field porch to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

Cleveland did scratch back in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, Michael Brantley singled up the middle and scored all the way from first base when Carlos Santana doubled off the wall. Santana’s 22nd double of the season made it 2-1 and appeared that Cleveland would battle Price, just as the Tigers had started on Kluber.

However, the rest of the battle was one sided. In the third, Kluber would have had a clean inning, but Aviles misplayed a liner from Cabrera. It was ruled a hit, but seemed very catchable. Had Aviles come up with the fly ball, it would have ended the inning. Instead, Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez hit back-to-back home runs, making it 5-1 in favor of Detroit. Kluber (13-9) was finished after two and two-third innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. The three home runs and Aviles’ misplayed ball was enough to send the Tribe’s ace to his third straight loss. Aviles exited the game after the third inning due to illness.

Kyle Crockett finished the third inning for Cleveland before turning the game over to Zach McAllister. Just up from Triple-A, McAllister pitched well until the seventh inning when he allowed a single to Cabrera and a double to Victor Martinez. After intentionally walking J.D. Martinez, he struck out Nick Castellanos before leaving the game in favor of Nick Hagadone. Hagadone gave up singles to Alex Avila and Eugenio Suarez and each scored a run to make it 7-1 Detroit. Both runs were charged to McAllister.

Bryan Price pitched the eighth inning—making his MLB debut—and allowed two more runs, including Cabrera’s second homer of the game. In the ninth Austin Adams allowed three more runs including the first major league hit to Steven Moya and the first home run to Tyler Collins. Collins’ three-run blast made it 12-1, reaching the final tally.

The Tigers pounded out 20 hits against the weary warriors of the Cuyahoga on Monday afternoon. Cleveland mustered just eight hits, and only multi-hit games from Michael Bourn and Lonnie Chisenhall.

Cleveland will try to rest and rebound in time for Tuesday night’s game. In the meantime the Indians fall to four games back in the American League Central Division and will await the result of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers this evening to see if they fall another half game back or climb back to 3.5 games behind in the standings.

Tuesday, the Indians will send Carlos Carrasco (6-4, 3.01) to the mound in his biggest game since his return to the starting rotation. He’ll be opposed by rookie, left-hander Kyle Lobstein (0-0, 3.09) for Detriot.

Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images

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