Tigers win double split in Cleveland, ending 8-game skid Detroit News

CLEVELAND (AP) –Jonathan Schoop and rookie Kerry Carpenter hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning, and the Detroit Tigers rallied for a 7-5 win over the Cleveland Guardians in Game 2 of a doubleheader Monday night, breaking a eight match losing streak.

All-Star Andres Gimenez hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning of Game 1, a 4-1 victory for AL Central-leading Cleveland. Gimenez added a two-run homer in the final drink, finishing with four hits and five RBIs on the day.

The Guardians are 8-2 since Aug. 6. Detroit has lost 11 of its last 13 games and is 3-14 since July 30. The Tigers, who fired general manager Al Avila last week, are 30 games under the .500 mark.

Schoop gave the Tigers a 4-3 Game 2 lead when he threw an Eli Morgan (4-3) substitution over the wall into left field. Carpenter followed with his first major league homer, giving him 31 on the season between Detroit, Triple-A Toledo and Double-A Erie. He went 3 for 4 and with three runs scored.

Tigers starter Bryan Garcia (1-0) gave up three runs in six innings, including home runs to Gimenez and Luke Maile. Gregory Soto allowed a run in the ninth but made his 21st save.

Tucker Barnhart and Victor Reyes each had three hits and drove in two runs for Detroit.

Right-hander Xzavion Curry became the 14th player to make his big league debut for the Guardians in 2022. The Georgia State product went five innings and allowed three runs.

In Game 1, Gimenez connected Andrew Chafin with two outs in the seventh, scoring Myles Straw and Amed Rosario to break a tie at 1. Tigers reliever Will Vest (3-3) was charged with two runs and the loss .

“I just tried to stay focused and get a good shot to hit,” Gimenez said. “I recognized the cursor soon enough.”

James Karinchak (1-0) worked a scoreless seventh and Emmanuel Clase threw a perfect ninth for his 27th save. Cleveland didn’t allow a hit after the third.

“Everyone pitched well and it was a good day to pitch,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “There were a few balls hit from both sides which were pretty good, but didn’t leave the stadium due to the wind.”

Cleveland right-hander Aaron Civale hit a season-high 10 batters in six innings, allowing a run in his second start since returning from a sprained right wrist.

“If the starters keep the game close, there’s no idea not to win the game,” Civale said. “And it’s been that way for a while.”

Drew Hutchison worked 5 1/3 innings for Detroit, allowing one run and seven hits. The right-hander threw 101 pitches, his highest since August 29, 2015.

The doubleheader was caused by the postponement of a July 17 match due to rain.

The Guardians have played 10 MLB doubles, their most in a season since 1985. Detroit has the second-most twinbills with eight.

Guardians hitters have the fewest strikeouts in the majors and rank third in stolen bases, but are in the bottom half of the league in on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

Tigers manager AJ Hinch praised their unusual but effective offensive makeup.

“Cleveland is an elite contact team with speed, which makes them dangerous,” Hinch said. “It’s their one-to-nine presence, as opposed to first-to-third plays. They have more singles than most teams, so you know they’re going to use their speed.”

Tigers: OF Austin Meadows (bilateral Achilles strain) will play back-to-back games for Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday. Meadows, who has been on the disabled list since June 17, batted .188 in his first four games with the Mud Hens.

Goaltenders: 1B Josh Naylor (painful right ankle) left Game 2 after fielding a sharp grounder in the third inning. It’s the same ankle he fractured, dislocated and tore ligaments in a horrific outfield collision in Minnesota on June 27, 2021.

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