DETROIT — Brandon Moss homered twice and drove in seven runs, Danny Salazar struck out a career-high 11 and the Cleveland Indians routed the Detroit Tigers 13-1 Friday night.
Detroit has lost four straight after an 11-2 start.
Moss had a three-run homer in the fifth inning and a two-run shot in the ninth. Lonnie Chisenhall hit a two-run homer in the eighth. The Indians entered with 11 homers all season, none with runners on base.
Salazar (2-0) gave up one run on six hits and three walks in seven innings.
Shane Greene (3-1) had only allowed one earned run in 23 innings coming into the game, but gave up eight in four innings against Cleveland, starting with Moss’ two-run double in the first.
The Tigers loaded the bases in their half of the first, but Salazar struck out J.D. Martinez before Michael Bourn ran down Yoenis Cespedes’ 420-foot drive on the right-center warning track.
The Indians made it 3-0 in the second when Chisenhall doubled, went to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Jose Ramirez’s sacrifice fly. But the Tigers got the run back on Nick Castellanos’ homer in the bottom of the inning.
Cleveland broke the game open in the fifth with a little help from Detroit’s defense. With two on and none out, Jason Kipnis bunted down the third-base line. The ball briefly rolled foul, but Castellanos picked it up just as it came back onto the line.
Michael Brantley followed with an RBI single, and Carlos Santana made it 6-1 with a double that sailed over Martinez’s head in right. Moss then hit Alex Wilson’s first pitch for a three-run homer.
David Murphy doubled on Al Alburquerque’s first pitch in the eighth, and Chisenhall followed with a homer to right. Moss hit his second homer of the night off Alburquerque in the ninth.
Indians: C Yan Gomes (knee) is expected to miss at least another month. He was injured on a slide by Detroit’s Rajai Davis when the teams met earlier this month.
Detroit: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said RHP Justin Verlander remains in limbo. Verlander, who hasn’t pitched this season due a triceps strain, hasn’t thrown since a simulated game had to be cut short by fatigue and soreness last week.
It was the 114th anniversary of the first game in American League history, which saw the Chicago White Stockings beat the Cleveland Blues 8-2 in 90 minutes. Every other AL game that day was rained out.
Indians: Trevor Bauer (2-0, 0.95 ERA) will start this afternoon against the Tigers. Bauer, who has never lost to Detroit in five career starts. He hasn’t allowed a run in 13 innings on the road this season.
Tigers: Former Red Alfredo Simon (3-0, 1.74) will pitch in today’s Negro Leagues Tribute game. Simon is 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA in eight career appearances against the Indians, including three starts. Cleveland has scored more runs (20) against him than it has strikeouts (18).
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