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Offense awakens, Carrasco goes the distance for Tribe

By PAUL HOYNES • Apr 11, 2018 at 11:30 PM

CLEVELAND — The game began with a scare and ended with an Indians offense that actually looked the part.

Not only did they reach 10 hits in a game for the first time this season, they put together a big inning as well. Carlos Carrasco needed no further help as he pitched his first complete game of the season in a 5-1 victory over Detroit at Progressive Field.

Detroit's Jordan Zimmerman was six pitches into his third start of the season when Jason Kipnis lined a pitch back to the mound that hit Zimmerman in the right side of his jaw. The ball deflected to first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who retired Kipnis.

Zimmerman went down, but eventually walked off the field after a concerned Kipnis wished him well. He passed MLB's concussion protocol and was taken to a hospital for X-rays. Lefty Daniel Norris replaced him.

The Indians, who came into the game with the lowest batting average in the big leagues at .158, took a 4-0 lead with four runs in the fourth against Norris (0-1).

Jose Ramirez and Michael Brantley started the rally with consecutive singles. Yonder Alonso, after Ramirez and Brantley worked a double steal, delivered them with a single to right for a 2-0 lead. Yan Gomes moved Alonso to second with a single to center and Tyler Naquin made it 3-0 with a single to left.

Francisco Lindor's single made it 4-0. The Indians (7-5), by the way, have won four straight.

Carrasco (3-0, 3.48) threw a three-hitter against the Tigers for his second complete game in the last two years and ninth of his career. He's 5-1 with a 1.66 ERA over the last two years against Detroit.

Tiger center fielder Leonys Martin had the only three hits off Carrasco. He accounted for the Tigers' only run as well with two-out homer in the sixth. Carrasco, 11-7 in his career against Detroit, struck out six and walked two.

The Indians added a fifth and final run in the seventh. Kipnis doubled to end an 0-for-23 skid and scored on Brantley's single to right.

Lindor recorded the Tribe's 10th hit with a two-out double in the eighth. The Indians are the last MLB team to have a 10-hit game. They had 59 10-hit games last season.

What it means

The Indians extended their winning streak against the Tigers to 10 games with Wednesday night's win. They have held Tigers to three or fewer runs in each of those 10 games.

The pitches

Zimmerman threw seven pitches, five (71 percent) for strikes. Carrasco threw 110 pitches, 76 (69 percent) for strikes.

Thanks for coming

The Tigers and Indians drew 10,872 to Progressive Field on Wednesday night. First pitch was at 6:11 with a temperature of 54 degrees.

Up next

Right-hander Trevor Bauer (0-1, 2.08) will face the Tigers and right-hander Michael Fulmer (1-1, 0.68) at 6:10 p.m. Thursday in the final game of this four-game series. SportsTime Ohio and WLKR 95.3 FM will carry the game.

Bauer is coming off an eight-inning 1-0 loss to the Royals. He's 4-5 against the Tigers in his career, including an 0-2 record with a 13.00 ERA against them last year.

Fulmer, 2-2 with a 6.04 ERA in his career against the Tribe, won his first game of the season on Saturday against the White Sox. He threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.

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