Cleveland Indians put up 6-spot in 7th inning to pull away from Detroit Tigers, 10-1
By DAVE HOGG
DETROIT — The Cleveland Indians found out Tuesday that star third baseman Jose Ramirez will miss the rest of the regular season because of a wrist injury.
They couldn’t have picked a better place to get the news.
Hours after the team announced Ramirez had undergone surgery, the Indians did what they’ve done for the past three seasons — beat up on the Detroit Tigers.
Franmil Reyes hit a three-run homer to highlight a six-run seventh inning, and the Indians won their 12th straight game against the Tigers, routing them 10-1.
The Indians are 13-1 against the Tigers this season and 33-7 in their last 40 meetings.
“I don’t really understand it,” said Roberto Perez, who homered for the Indians. “We come here and they always seem to play us tough, and then you look at 12 straight and 13-1.”
It helps that the Tigers are one of the worst home teams in major-league history. They are 17-44 at Comerica Park and need to win five of the final 20 home games to avoid becoming the first team since at least 1908 to lose 60 at home.
“We missed a few plays and it ended up costing us runs,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “That’s what happens when you play a team that hits like they do.”
Jason Kipnis homered, Carlos Santana had three hits and scored three times for Cleveland and four pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts.
The Tigers also lost Miguel Cabrera, who left the game after two at-bats with tightness in his left biceps — the same one he tore to end his 2018 season in June.
“We were a little worried and he didn’t want to do anything silly, so he took himself out,” Gardenhire said. “After the game, he said it feels pretty good.”