Indians turn back the clock but fall in extra innings
DETROIT (AP) — Jeimer Candelario’s two-run homer in the 12th inning gave the Detroit Tigers a 4-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.
Miguel Cabrera singled off Cody Allen (2-3) with two outs, and Candelario drove a 2-0 pitch deep into the right-field stands for the first game-ending homer of his career.
Warwick Saupold (4-1) worked two scoreless innings of relief.
Tigers starter Mike Fiers allowed one run on five hits in seven innings, while Mike Clevinger gave up two runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Both teams put runners on the corners with one out in the first inning, but only the Tigers took advantage. Lonnie Chisenhall bounced into an inning-ending double play to end the top of the inning, while Victor Martinez hit a two-out RBI single to give Detroit a 1-0 lead.
Yan Gomes tied the game with a homer on the first pitch of the third inning, the 13th home run hit off Fiers in 12 starts.
Jason Kipnis, who hit a three-run home run off Shane Greene in the ninth inning of Cleveland’s 4-1 win on Friday, sent another long drive to right-center in the fifth, but Tigers center fielder Leonys Martin made an over-the-shoulder basket catch.
Francisco Lindor returned the favor in the sixth, leaping to rob Nicholas Castellanos of a base hit.
Clevinger retired 17 straight batters after Martinez’s hit in the first, but the Tigers loaded the bases with three straight singles with one out in the seventh. Iglesias took a 3-2 fastball down and away to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
Rajai Davis hit reliever Louis Coleman’s first pitch of the eighth for his first homer of the season, tying the game at 2.
The Tigers loaded the bases with one out in the 10th, but Candelario lined out to short and Victor Reyes grounded out.
The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 51 minutes by rain. The Tigers played in Detroit Stars jerseys, while the Indians wore Cleveland Buckeyes uniforms to honor Negro Leagues Weekend.
DOUBLE TRIPLE CROWN WINNERS
As Justify was hitting the backstretch at Belmont Park en route to his Triple Crown victory, Cabrera, winner of baseball’s Triple Crown in 2012, stepped to the plate in the third inning. He grounded out as his equine counterpart reached the far turn.
Indians: 1B Edwin Encarnacion sat out after injuring his ankle while running the bases on Friday. He is not expected to miss much time. … OF Brandon Guyer (neck strain) could be activated when the Indians travel to Chicago on Monday.
Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann will make a rehab start with Class-A West Michigan on Monday. He has been on the disabled list since May 5 with shoulder problems. He has already made two rehab starts with Triple-A Toledo.
The teams finish the three-game series on Sunday, with Cleveland’s Corey Kluber (9-2, 1.96 ERA) facing Detroit’s Artie Lewicki (0-1, 3.86).