Tigers rip Tribe behind Cabrera
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Miguel Cabrera finished 4-for-4, homered twice, scored four runs and drove in three to fuel Detroit's 12-1 decision over Cleveland in the opener of a four-game series.
Tyler Collins hit a three-run shot, Victor Martinez slugged a two-run homer and J.D. Martinez added a solo blast for the Tigers, who collected 20 hits en route to posting their seventh win in their last 10 games.
David Price (13-10) scattered eight hits and walked two while allowing one run and fanning eight over seven innings.
Carlos Santana knocked in the only run, while Lonnie Chisenhall and Michael Bourn added two hits each for the Indians, who lost for the second time in their last eight.
Corey Kluber (13-9) lasted just 2 2/3 frames, charged with seven hits and five runs.
Detroit jumped on top in the first as Ian Kinsler tripled and scored on Cabrera's shot to left. Cleveland halved its deficit in the home portion as Santana plated Michael Brantley with a double.
Victor and J.D. Martinez went back-to-back after Cabrera kept the Tigers' third alive with a single, and Kluber was sent to the showers down 5-1.
The visitors increased their lead in the seventh. A single, double and intentional walk loaded the bases with none out, but after Nick Castellanos struck out, Nick Hagadone allowed RBI singles to Alex Avila and Eugenio Suarez before inducing an inning-ending double play from Ezequiel Carrera.
Cabrera reached the seats in right with two outs in the eighth, and later in the frame Avila's infield hit with the bases loaded gave Detroit a 9-1 advantage.
Tyler Collins pinch-hit for Cabrera in the ninth and launched a three-run shot to center for his first major-league homer.
Cabrera's first homer snapped a career-worst 27-game homerless streak ... Kluber's outing was his shortest of the season, eclipsing his 3 1/3 inning performance on April 2 at Oakland ... Indians right fielder Mike Aviles left the game due to dizziness, replaced by Zach Walters ... Before the game, the Indians recalled pitchers Austin Adams and Bryan Price, with infielder Jesus Aguilar from Triple-A Columbus, activated designated hitter Jason Giambi from the 60-day DL and reinstated catcher Chris Gimenez from paternity list ... Detroit recalled infielder Hernan Perez and Collins from Triple-A Toledo, recalled outfielder Steven Moya from Double-A Erie and purchased the contract of catcher James McCann form Toledo.
09/01 20:11:53 ET