7:08 PM ET, July 19, 2014
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Carlos Santana double helps Indians to doubleheader sweep of Tigers
DETROIT -- The Cleveland Indians are rolling out of the All-Star break, cutting into Detroit's previously comfortable lead in the AL Central.
Carlos Santana hit a tiebreaking, bases-clearing double with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night that sealed a sweep of the doubleheader.
The Indians have won four straight, three in a row at Detroit, to pull within 4 1/2 games of the AL Central-leading Tigers.
Cleveland won the first game 6-2 thanks in large part to Corey Kluber's strong outing.
Dickerson sent two of Scherzer's pitches -- in the third and sixth innings -- over walls to give Cleveland a 2-1 lead in the second game of the day-night doubleheader.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner said Dickerson became the first player in his career to hit one of his curveballs over a fence in the major leagues.
"He's a good enough hitter that he's going to capitalize," Scherzer said.
The 32-year-old journeyman entered the game hitless in nine at-bats against Scherzer.
"Just coming out here and getting the chance to play every day, it's a confidence booster," Dickerson said.
The Indians loaded the bases in the ninth against Joe Nathan (4-3) with Roberto Perez's leadoff double, Jason Kipnis' walk and Michael Brantley's free pass and Santana took advantage, sending a pitch off the right-center wall after it popped out of Jackson's glove to turn a 3-all game into a 6-3 lead.
"I rushed my glove up to try and make the catch," Jackson recalled. "I missed it, and hit the wall."
"We've got to show up in about 10 hours," he said late Saturday night.
Scherzer gave up six hits, a season-high matching four walks and two runs -- both to Cleveland's No. 9 hitter -- over 5 2/3 innings that included a season-high 118 pitches. He pitched with neck spasms.
"There's no excuses on ailments," Scherzer said, adding he's not concerned the problem will linger.
Zach McAllister, the 26th man on the roster for the doubleheader, allowed only one run on three hits and three walks while striking out six over 5 1-13 innings. John Axford inherited Miguel Cabrera on second base and allowed him to get to third on a wild pitch, then stranded him by striking out J.D. Martinez and Torii Hunter to end the inning. Scott Atchison likely would have gotten out of the seventh inning without giving up a run if Kipnis did not appear to bobble the ball on a potential double play at second base that allowed Suarez to reach and later score on Jackson's triple.
The Indians could lean on their bullpen in the nightcap because Kluber pitched so well in the first game. He came within an out of a complete game, striking out 10 to lift the Indians to a 6-2 win in the opener.
Kluber allowed seven hits -- three by Miguel Cabrera -- and equaled his career high of 114 pitches. Bryan Shaw finally relieved him, but with another game still to come, Cleveland didn't have to use anyone else out of its bullpen.
"That was the only guy we warmed up," Francona said. "That really helps."
Kluber (10-6) has thrown one complete game in his career, on April 24 against Kansas City.
Drew VerHagen (0-1) allowed three runs and five hits, lasting five innings in his major league debut.
Tigers LHP Drew Smyly (5-8) is scheduled to pitch in the series finale against Indians RHP Josh Tomlin on Sunday afternoon. ... Santana hit his sixth game-winning RBI this season. ... Detroit's Nick Castellanos struck out three times and Holaday threw out three runners on steal attempts in the first game. ... Cabrera is 15 for 28 (.536) against Kluber.
DETROIT, MI - JULY 19: Pitcher Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers delivers against the Cleveland Indians...(Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Detroit leads 11-8 (as of Sat 7/19)|
|Wed 4/16||CLE 3, @DET 2||Recap|
|Thu 4/17||@DET 7, CLE 5||Recap|
|Mon 5/19||@CLE 5, DET 4||Recap|
|Tue 5/20||@CLE 6, DET 2||Recap|
|Wed 5/21||@CLE 11, DET 10||Recap|
|Fri 6/20||DET 6, @CLE 4||Recap|
|Sat 6/21||DET 5, @CLE 4||Recap|
|Sun 6/22||DET 10, @CLE 4||Recap|
|Fri 7/18||CLE 9, @DET 3||Recap|
|Sat 7/19||CLE 6, @DET 2||Recap|
|» Sat 7/19||CLE 5, @DET 2||Box Score|
|Sun 7/20||@DET 5, CLE 1||Recap|
|Mon 9/1||DET 12, @CLE 1||Recap|
|Tue 9/2||DET 4, @CLE 2||Recap|
|Wed 9/3||@CLE 7, DET 0||Recap|
|Thu 9/4||DET 11, @CLE 4||Recap|
|Fri 9/12||@DET 7, CLE 2||Recap|
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|Sun 9/14||@DET 6, CLE 4||Recap|
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|2nd||A Jackson walked, T Hunter scored, A Avila to third, E Suarez to second.||0||1|
|3rd||C Dickerson homered to right (378 feet).||1||1|
|6th||C Dickerson homered to right (384 feet).||2||1|
|7th||A Jackson tripled to deep right center, E Suarez scored.||2||2|
|9th||C Santana doubled to deep right center, A Cabrera, J Kipnis and M Brantley scored.||5||2|
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|Stadium||Comerica Park, Detroit, MI|
|Attendance||42,044 (101.9% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||72 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mike Everitt, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Toby Basner|
Chris Dickerson became the fifth player to homer twice in a game off Max Scherzer. He entered the day with 15 career homers ... the other four had combined for 1,052 homers before their multi-HR game.[+]
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