The Cleveland Indians hit two home runs and turned three double plays, but they still lost to the Detroit Tigers 10-5.
The Tribe has lost all five games on the road trip, which began in Atlanta and ends today with Danny Salazar (1-2) facing Justin Verlander (12-10) at Comerica Park at 1:08 p.m.
Detroit has won 15 of its 18 meetings with the Tribe, including six in a row, to pull away with an 8.5-game lead in the AL Central Division.
For the first time on the road trip, the Tribe scored more than two runs. However, Tigers second baseman Omar Infante matched the Indians’ production all by himself with two home runs and five RBI.
Cleveland almost mounted one of its patented late comebacks. Trailing 6-2 in the seventh, the Tribe pulled closer on a 415-foot home run to left by backup catcher Yan Gomes.
One inning later, Carlos Santana hit the ball 425 feet to center. It didn’t leave the park, but Santana made it home safely for a two-run, inside-the-park home run.
Scott Kazmir (7-7) took the loss for the Tribe, giving up four runs in five innings.
The Plain Dealer reported before the game that Tribe manager Terry Francona announced that he was bringing a battalion of ten new players for the stretch drive as rosters expand today. The group includes eight pitchers and they will join the Indians today and tomorrow.
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