Using scoring bursts in the first, fourth, and seventh innings, the Cleveland Indians (71-66) were able to out-muscle Justin Verlander (12-12, 4.80 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (76-63) by a score of 7-0 on Wednesday night at Progressive Field.
Over 6.2 innings of work in Cleveland, Verlander allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine hits. The loss came one start after allowing just one earned run in a victory against the Chicago White Sox, in which Tigers' faithful believed the decorated pitcher had his "stuff" back. That start (8/29) was only the second time all season that Verlander allowed one or fewer earned runs in an outing.
The Tigers were able to muster up 7 base hits, but only Nick Castellanos' double went for extra bases. Meanwhile, the Indians were able to register 11 hits, with six going for extra bases, including a first inning, two-run home run by Carlos Santana (24th).
Second-year pitcher Danny Salazar (6-6, 3.80 ERA) was lights-out foir the Indians, throwing a complete game shutout, the first of his career. His nine strike outs were the second most he's thrown in a start this season, and he didn't allow any Tigers' batters to reach base on balls.
The Tigers and Indians will finish the four game series tomorrow night at Progressive Field, with an air-time of 6:40 pm on AM 590 WKZO.