DETROIT — Jordan Luplow made a diving catch on Eric Haase’s sinking liner to right field with the bases loaded, preserving a 6-5 victory for the Cleveland Indians over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.
Luplow, who entered as a defensive replacement an inning earlier, made the clutch grab for the final out to help closer Emmanuel Clase escape with his eighth save in nine chances.
Spencer Turnbull allowed three runs in six innings for Detroit in his first game since pitching a no-hitter last week. It was the bullpen and some sloppy defense that cost the Tigers. Cleveland scored three unearned runs in the seventh to take a 6-3 lead, and although Willi Castro hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning, Detroit was unable to come all the way back.
Owen Miller scored twice for Cleveland without hitting the ball out of the infield. He led off the seventh by reaching on an error by third baseman Jeimer Candelario. The Indians eventually loaded the bases, and with two outs and José Ramírez batting, Bryan Garcia (0-1) threw a wild pitch that scored Miller and put Cleveland up 4-3.
Ramírez walked, and Eddie Rosario’s bases-loaded single off Daniel Norris brought home two more runs.
Jean Carlos Mejía (1-0) pitched a scoreless sixth for his first major league win. Three more Cleveland relievers succeeded him, with Clase working out of trouble in the ninth.
Turnbull, who no-hit Seattle on Tuesday night, allowed a single by Rosario to start the second. Cleveland put the leadoff man on five times in six innings against Turnbull, but three times that runner was erased immediately on a double play.
Castro put the Tigers up 1-0 with an RBI double in the second, and Robbie Grossman followed with a sacrifice fly.
Miller led off the third with an infield single for his first big league hit. He scored on René Rivera’s single, and the Indians got another run when Cesar Hernandez bounced into a forceout.
Nomar Mazara put the Tigers back ahead with an RBI single in the third. Cleveland tied it in the sixth when Harold Ramirez drove in a run with a two-out infield single.
Tigers: Detroit put C Wilson Ramos (lumbar spine strain) on the 10-day injured list and reinstated LHP Derek Holland (left shoulder strain) from the IL. The Tigers also optioned OF JaCoby Jones to Triple-A Toledo and recalled OF Victor Reyes from Toledo.
Detroit sends LHP Tarik Skubal (1-6) to the mound Tuesday night against Cleveland’s Aaron Civale (6-1).
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