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Tomlin bounces back, Indians win again

By PAUL HOYNES • Apr 10, 2018 at 10:41 PM

CLEVELAND — Most of manager Terry Francona's offense is still among the missing through the first 11 games of the season, but at least the real Josh Tomlin punched in at Progressive Field on Tuesday night.

Yes, it's still cold. Yes, most of the ballplayers are still wearing ski masks on defense to stay warm and yes the Indians are continuing to make the most out of their meager offense.

Jose Ramirez and Roberto Perez homered and Tomlin and the bullpen were at their stingy best in a 2-1 victory over Detroit at Progressive Field. The Indians have won three straight games and own a winning record (6-5) for the first time this season.

Perez, whose throwing error in the seventh led to Detroit's only run, gave the Indians the lead with a leadoff homer in the eighth off Alex Wilson. Tiger lefty Matthew Boyd held the Indians to one run over seven innings, but he was lifted after 102 pitches.

Andrew Miller earned the win with a scoreless eighth and Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his third save.

Tomlin, in his last start, allowed eight runs on eight hits in three innings against the Angels. Four of the eight hits were home runs and six of the runs crossed the plate in the first inning. So the objectives for Tomlin on Tuesday night were simple — keep the ball in the park and reduce the damage in the first.

He checked both boxes, but still had to pitch his way around a first-inning double by Jeimer Candelario and a walk by Nicholas Castellanos. Tomlin, whose start was pushed back two days because of a sore back, threw five scoreless innings, stranding seven runners in the process.

Tomlin allowed four hits with two walks and three strikeouts. He pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the third and retired the side in order just once. He was at 97 pitches after five and the bullpen was summoned.

Zach McAllister pitched a scoreless sixth, but the Tigers tied the score, 1-1, in the seventh. Tyler Olson started by allowing a single for Victor Reyes' first big-league hit, a grounder off the glove of Jason Kipnis at second base.

Olson struck out Dixon Machado, but not before Reyes stole second and went to third on Perez's second throwing error of the year. Francona checked with plate umpire Laz Diaz to see if Machado had interfered with Perez, but Diaz didn't see it that way.

Dan Otero relieved and struck out pinch-hitter JaCoby Jones, but allowed a double to Candelario — his third of the game — to make it 1-1. Miguel Cabrera followed with a grounder headed for center field, but Kipnis made a skidding stop behind the bag and threw out Cabrera to save a run and end the inning.

Boyd, who deserved better, allowed one run on three hits in seven innings. He struck out four and walked one.

What it means

The Indians are 6-5, but still rank 14th in runs scored in the American League.

The pitches

Tomlin threw 98 pitches, 59 (60 percent) for strikes. Boyd threw 102 pitches, 64 (63 percent) for strikes.

Thanks for coming

The Tigers and Indians drew 10,078 fans to Progressive Field on Tuesday night. First pitch was at 6:11 p.m. with a temperature of 40 degrees.

Up next

Right-hander Carlos Carrasco (2-0, 5.40) will face the Tigers' Jordan Zimmerman (0-0, 8.71) tonight in the third game of this series at Progressive Field.

Carrasco is coming off a victory over the Royals in the home opener on Friday. He's 10-7 with a 3.88 ERA in 25 appearances against Detroit. Last year he went 4-1 with a 1.82 ERA against the Tigers.

Zimmerman is coming off a no-decision against the White Sox. He's 0-4 with a 10.88 ERA in five starts against the Indians.

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