Franmil Reyes clubbed a pair of homers, Zach Plesac tossed seven scoreless innings and the Cleveland Indians topped the visiting Detroit Tigers 4-1 on Friday.
Plesac (1-1) was tagged with a loss in Detroit on Saturday despite allowing only two runs in six innings. He was even more dominant on Friday, allowing just three hits with no walks while recording six strikeouts.
Emmanuel Clase got the last three outs, including two strikeouts, for his first save of the season. Jose Ramirez had two of the Indians’ seven hits, while Eddie Rosario scored a run and knocked in another.
Detroit’s scheduled starting pitcher, Julio Teheran, was a late scratch. He experienced triceps tightness while warming up and was shut down as a precautionary measure.
Derek Holland (0-1) became the emergency starter and lasted 2 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits while recording three strikeouts.
Wilson Ramos homered for the Tigers, who have lost four of their last five games. Michael Fulmer pitched four innings of relief and struck out five, while Willi Castro had two of the team’s four hits.
The teams were playing the first game of a three-game series. The Tigers won two of three games against Cleveland in the opening series for both clubs last weekend.
Cleveland jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first.
Amed Rosario led off with a single. One out later, Ramirez’s grounder caromed off the second-base bag and bounced into center field for a single. Eddie Rosario’s fielder’s choice grounder knocked in his namesake. Reyes then crushed his first homer of the game over the left-field wall.
Reyes’ second blast and third of the season came in the sixth inning off Fulmer. The ball landed over the center field wall and the homer’s distance was estimated at 446 feet.
Ramos greeted reliever Bryan Shaw in the eighth with his third homer this season, which also landed over the center field fence.
–Field Level Media