Detroit Tigers make big comeback and defeat Cleveland 9-8
By DAVE HOGG
DETROIT (AP) — John Hicks expected to be challenged by shutdown reliever Andrew Miller in a tight spot Tuesday night.
Instead, he got an easy bases-loaded walk to cap an unexpected comeback.
JaCoby Jones homered and doubled, and the Detroit Tigers rallied against Miller during a five-run seventh inning to beat the Cleveland Indians 9-8.
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 go-ahead run.
“I was looking for a good pitch to hit, but he wasn’t even coming close,” Hicks said. “He threw a strike on 3-0, when I was taking all the way, but nothing else was near the strike zone.”