6.24.15: Tigers beat Indians again 7-3
CLEVELAND (AP) — David Price allowed one run in 6 2-3 innings and Detroit scored six times in the fifth to continue its dominance over the Cleveland Indians with a 7-3 win on Tuesday night.
The Tigers are 9-2 against the Indians and have won all five games at Progressive Field this season. Detroit is 20-5 in Cleveland over the past three seasons.
Price (7-2) scattered nine hits and struck out seven. The left-hander is 9-1 in his last 11 starts against Cleveland, including a shutout at Comerica Park on June 12.
Miguel Cabrera was 2 for 5 and is hitting .619 (26 for 42) with five homers and 16 RBIs in the season series. He’s 15 for 22 in five games in Cleveland.
Ironically, Cabrera’s weak tapper with the bases loaded in the fifth helped turn the game in Detroit’s favor. Danny Salazar (6-3) committed an error on the apparent inning-ending double play grounder that broke a 1-all tie.
Meanwhile, Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander has been scratched from Wednesday’s start against the Cleveland Indians because of back stiffness.
Verlander, who didn’t pitch until mid-June because of a right triceps injury, is 0-1 with a 6.17 ERA in two starts. Manager Brad Ausmus said Verlander felt the stiffness during his start against the Yankees on Saturday.
Ausmus said following Tuesday night’s 7-3 win over the Indians that he didn’t think the injury was serious, but he didn’t know when Verlander would make his next start.
Verlander allowed six runs, including a homer by Alex Rodriguez for his 3,000th career hit, in 6 2-3 innings against the Yankees.
Right-hander Buck Farmer has been called up from Triple-A Toledo to start Wednesday. Right-hander Ian Krol was optioned to Toledo.