CLEVELAND — Logan Allen recovered from a bumpy first inning to get his first win with Cleveland and the Indians completed a three-game sweep Sunday with a 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers, who could be without slugger Miguel Cabrera for a while.
Allen (1-1) found his rhythm after hitting a batter on his second pitch and walking two in the first. He hung around and allowed just one run and two hits in five innings.
The left-hander, who came to Cleveland as part of a 2019 trading deadline, won a rotation job after a strong camp in Arizona.
After Allen left, four Cleveland relievers finished off the Tigers. James Karinchak struck out the side in the eighth and Emmanuel Clase, throwing over 100 mph on nearly every pitch, worked the ninth for his second save.
Jake Bauers and César Hernández drove in early runs against José Ureña (0-2), who had more control issues. The right-hander has given up nine walks in 7 2/3 innings this season.
Leading 3-2, the Indians scored two insurance runs in the eighth helped by two throwing errors charged to Tigers right fielder Nomar Mazara.
Wilson Ramos homered for Detroit, which scored just six runs in the series and lost both Cabrera and starter Julio Teheran to injuries.
For the first time this season, Cabrera wasn’t in the middle of Detroit’s lineup. The 11-time All-Star was placed on the 10-day injured list before the game with a left biceps strain that was affecting his sweet swing.
The four-time AL batting champion has been dealing with soreness in the muscle for a while. But after he felt it “grab” while making a swing in Saturday’s game, Tigers manager A.J. Hinch told Cabrera to take some time off and get it examined.
The 37-year-old Cabrera has 2,869 hits and 488 homers in his career.
Making his second start for the Indians, Allen needed 33 pitches to get through the first. He left it trailing only 1-0 despite hitting Robbie Grossman, walking two and giving up a bloop RBI single to Jeimer Candelario.
Hinch returns Monday to Houston as a visitor for the first time since being suspended — and fired — for his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.
Hinch managed Houston for five seasons, leading the club to a World Series title in 2017. But following an MLB investigation, it was revealed the team used cameras and other means to gain an advantage during games that season.
Hinch was banned for a year for his involvement. He’s expecting the trip to be “emotional.”
“It’s home for me,” he said. “That city matters to me.”
Tigers: Teheran will be sidelined longer than initially expected with a shoulder strain. Hinch said the team got more information since the right-hander was scratched moments before making his scheduled start in the series opener Friday.
Tigers: RHP Casey Mize starts the opener in Houston against Astros RHP Zack Greinke (1-0).
Indians: RHP Triston McKenzie (0-0) makes his first start of 2021 in the opener of a three-game series in Chicago. The White Sox are scheduled to start Carlos Rodón (1-0).