Indians cruise past Tigers 7-0, move into tie for final AL wild card spot

The Indians improve to 90-63 this season

James Rapien
September 19, 2019 - 10:07 pm
Sep 19, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians designated hitter Franmil Reyes (32) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY S

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CLEVELAND, OH – The Indians have battled injuries all season long, but they’re right where they need to be with just nine games left in the regular season. The Tribe beat the Tigers 7-0 on Thursday night to move into a tie with Tampa Bay for the second American League wild card spot.

The Indians have won four straight games and reached the 90-win mark for the fourth-straight season.

Cleveland got off to a good start in the first inning, as Francisco Lindor doubled, before scoring on a shallow sacrifice fly by Carlos Santana.

The Indians added to their lead in the fourth inning on Yasiel Puig’s RBI double. Franmil Reyes followed that up with his 35th homer of the season – a 2-run shot that gave the Indians a 4-0 lead.

Puig has been on fire for the Tribe. He’s hitting .377 with five doubles and seven RBI in September (16 games). He went 9-for-14 (.643) against the Tigers in this series, which included Wednesday’s walk-off single.

Cleveland scored three more runs in the fifth inning to put the game out of reach. First, Oscar Mercado hit an RBI single. Roberto Perez followed up with a 2-run, two-out RBI single to make it 7-0.

Mike Clevinger gave up seven hits in six scoreless innings. He issued one walk and finished with six strikeouts. He struggled with his command early in the game. He threw 33 pitches in the first inning.

Clevinger bounced back and kept the Tigers from scoring. He improves to 12-3 on the season. His ERA fell to 2.54.

Tyler Clippard, James Hoyt and James Karinchak each pitched scoreless innings out of the bullpen. 

The Indians improve to 90-63 on the season. They finished 18-1 in head-to-head matchups with the Tigers in 2019 and won their last 17 games against Detroit.

Up Next – The Indians begin a 3-game set against the Phillies on Friday at Progressive Field. Shane Bieber gets the start for the Tribe. He’s 14-7 on the year with a 3.26 ERA. Drew Smyly will start for Philadelphia. He’s 4-6 this season with a 6.22 ERA. It’s the final regular season home series of 2019 for the Tribe.