At least in the Motor City.
The Indians, a few hours after finding out that Ramirez, one of their top offensive players, would miss the rest of the season because of right-hand surgery, reached double figures in runs for the first time this month in a 10-1 win over the Tigers on Tuesday at Comerica Park.
Jason Kipnis, Franmil Reyes and Roberto Perez homered as the Indians ended the night with 13 hits. The last time they scored 10 runs was July 31 in a 10-4 win over Houston.
The Indians (77-55) remained 3.5 games behind the American League Central-leading Minnesota, which won 3-1 Tuesday night in Chicago. Cleveland is a half-game ahead of Oakland (76-55) for the first AL Wild Card Game position, and one game ahead of Tampa Bay (76-57).
The Tigers (38-90), in case you didn’t notice, are not the Astros. The Indians are 13-1 against Detroit this season. The have won 12 straight against them. Five of those wins have come at the expense of right-hander Spencer Turnbull (3-13, 4.18).
Turnbull allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings Tuesday night to lose his fifth decision against the Tribe this year. In 25 innings, Turnbull has allowed 18 earned run on 37 hits against the Indians for a 6.48 ERA this season.
Adam Plutko, on the other hand, turned in one of his best starts of the season for the Indians. Plutko, 3-1 in his last five starts, allowed one run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and set a career high with nine strikeouts.
Plutko (6-3, 4.34) is 2-0 against Detroit this season and 3-0 in his career. The Indians won for just the fourth time in their last 10 games.
The Indians took a 3-0 lead in the first. Yasiel Puig doubled home their first run before Kipnis hit a two-run homer to left. It was his 14th homer of the season.
Mike Freeman, who started at third base in place of Ramirez, pushed the Tribe’s lead to 4-1 with a sacrifice fly in the third. Freeman was also involved in the Tribe’s six-run seventh inning that ensured the Tigers of their 10th loss in the last 14 games.
The Indians scored all six runs with two out, and none of them were earned because of an error on reliever Nick Ramirez. Reyes, after Carlos Santana singled and Kipnis reached on Ramirez’s two-out error, hit a 436-foot homer over the fence in left center field for a 7-1 lead.
It was Reyes’ 33rd homer of the season — 27 with San Diego and six with the Indians — and his fourth in the last three games. It’s the second time in Reyes’ career that he has hit three homers in three straight games. He did it last year with San Diego from May 28 through May 30.
Freeman followed with a single to get Perez to the plate. He hit a 3-2 pitch over the left field fence to close out the Tribe’s scoring. It was his 21st homer of the season. He entered the season with 21 career homers in four plus big league seasons.
The Indians are 14-11 in August and 27-17 since the All-Star break.
Rookie right-hander Aaron Civale (1-3, 1.82) will make his first career start against the Tigers on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. It will be his sixth big-league start overall. The Tigers will go with veteran right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (1-9, 6.48). SportsTime Ohio and WLKR 95.3 FM will carry the game.
Civale is coming off 2-0 loss against the Mets in which he allowed two runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings. Zimmermann, coming off a loss against the Astros, is 0-1 against the Tribe this year. In his career, Zimmermann is 0-6 with a 10.68 ERA against the Tribe.