Tigers draw first blood, throttle Indians 10-4
Kluber pounded for eight runs and 11 hits
After Cleveland held a 1-0 first-inning lead, the Tigers plated three runs in the bottom of the second and never looked back. With runners on second and third with one out, Alex Avila doubled to deep right, giving Detroit a 2-1 lead. After another double and a line out, Torii Hunter singled to score one more.
The Tigers refused to let their foot off the gas, scoring five more runs in the next three innings to take an 8-2 lead. Fielder and Cabrera hit homers in the third and fourth innings, respectively. After retiring the first two hitters in the fifth, Kluber allowed a ground-rule double to former Indian Jhonny Peralta followed by a RBI-single to Avila.
Following the single, Kluber (2-2, 5.64) was finished for the night, having allowed eight earned runs and 11 hits in just four and two-thirds innings of work.
The Tribe scored the game's first run in the first inning when second baseman Jason Kipnis doubled with one out and scored on a Nick Swisher double. The team would fail to score again until a fourth inning ground out by Carlos Santana.
Facing an 8-2 deficit in the seventh inning, Cleveland plated two more runs on a Mark Reynolds ground out and aMichael Brantley sacrifice fly to pull the game within reach. All four Indians runs were scored against Detroit starterMax Scherzer, who is now 5-0 on the season. He gave up just five hits while striking out seven in eight innings of work.
It was the second straight start in which Scherzer received more than enough run support. Scherzer's previous start was a 17-2 Detroit victory over Houston. He finished the night with 103 pitches and has still never thrown a complete game in his career.
Four Indians relievers combined to pitch the final three and one-third innings. Rich Hill allowed a solo homer toAndy Dirks in the seventh and Matt Albers was charged with an unearned run in the eighth following an error by third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.
Joaquin Benoit pitched around a single in the ninth to close out the game.
Notes: Michael Bourn went 0-for-4 in his return from the 15-day disabled list. … Nick Swisher fell a home run short of the cycle with a strike out in the ninth.
Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall. Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.