Indians 8, Tigers 5: Five homers help Indians extend winning streak over Tigers to 20 games

Matt Schoch
The Associated Press
Indians third base coach Mike Sarbaugh congratulates Jose Ramirez after a solo homer during the fifth inning Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, against the Tigers in Detroit.

DETROIT — The Indians beat the Detroit Tigers for the 20th consecutive time, nearing the major-league record for most wins by a team over a single opponent, as Franmil Reyes hit two home runs to defeat the Tigers 8-5 Sunday.

The Baltimore Orioles hold the mark with 23 consecutive wins over the Kansas City Royals in 1969-70. The Indians can match the record when they host the Tigers in a three-game series next weekend.

The New York Yankees have an active streak of 18 consecutive wins over the Orioles.

Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez and Sandy Leon also homered as the Indians connected a season-high five times. Reyes, who had three hits, homered three times in the three-game sweep, but exited in the ninth inning after being hit by a pitch in the left hand.

The Indians broke a 4-4 tie with a three-run sixth off reliever John Schreiber (0-1). Leon’s solo home run, his first of the season, broke the tie and was the first run scored off Schreiber in his eighth appearance of the year.

Miguel Cabrera had two game-tying singles, driving in three runs to move up to 22nd on the all-time RBI list at 1,705. The 37-year-old Tigers star was in a 1-for-19 skid until his consecutive singles.

Both starters allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings, with the Tigers’ Michael Fulmer surrendering two home runs, falling behind 3-0 in the third.

After Cabrera’s single tied it 3-3 in the bottom half, Jeimer Candelario hit a ball into the right-field corner that was trapped between the wall’s padding and the ground. He advanced to third and Cabrera scored from first.

Cabrera was directed back to third and Candelario to second after the umpires ruled it a ground-rule double. An ensuing argument earned Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire an ejection, the first of his season and 85th of his career.

Oliver Perez (1-0) got the win in the first decision of his 18th season. Six Indians relievers combined to allow five hits and two runs in 6 1/3 innings.

The Tigers’ Cameron Maybin was ejected after grounding into a double play to end the fifth inning. He had been arguing balls and strikes during his at-bat and was tossed while walking toward the dugout.

Trainer’s room

Indians: Reyes was hit by a pitch from Joe Jimenez with one out in the ninth.

Tigers: Shortstop Niko Goodrum left the game after four innings with right upper back tightness. … Right-hander Ivan Nova went on the disabled list Saturday with right triceps tendinitis. Top pitching prospect Casey Mize could be among the candidates to fill Nova’s spot in what would be his MLB debut.

Indians at Pirates

Time: 7:05 p.m. Tuesday

TV: STO

Pitchers: Carlos Carrasco (2-2, 3.22) vs. Steven Brault (0-0, 5.14)

The Indians' Franmil Reyes approaches home plate after hitting a solo homer against the Tigers on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020.