Harold Castro and Jonathan Shoup scored three each as the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 9-4 in the first game of the doubleheader.
CLEVELAND – Harold Castro and Jonathan Shoop scored three each as the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 9-4 in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday night.
In the fifth innings, two out singles from Castro off Brian Shaw (2-3) scored Nomar Mazara to break the 4-4 draw. Shoop had a two-run single in the seventh as the Tigers conceded 15 hits in the seven-innings game.
Kyle Funkhauser (2–0) retired all five batsmen he faced in the relief of starter Jose Urena, who scored a career-high four home runs in 3 1/3 innings. Detroit won Cleveland in five games for the first time this season.
“It’s always nice to throw the void as a bullpen, and salute our guys for coming out and getting it done,” Funkhauser said. “The speed swings are huge and they wound up on our side.”
Rookie Bobby Bradley added two of Urena’s four homers in the second and fourth innings. Bradley has eight home runs and 17 RBIs in 20 matches since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus on June 5.
Jose Ramirez and Cesar Hernandez also went deep for Cleveland. Ramirez, who led the Indians with 18 homers, fouled a pitch with his left cheek in the fifth and was taken to hospital after the game.
“Everyone thinks Jose is going to be fine, but there’s nothing wrong with it when you get up on your face and head,” said Indian manager Terry Francona. “He started to swell, so they’re going to get him checked out thoroughly.”
Castro scored 3 for 3, scored two runs and drew a base-loaded walk in the second. Lead-off hitter Aqeel Baddu was dismissed for 3 for 5. Shoup, Miguel Cabrera and Jammer Candelario gave two hits each.
The Indians’ starter Cal Quantrill conceded four runs in 3 1/3 innings, going winless last 10 August. The teams took the lead three times and were tied on four occasions.
The first pitch was delayed by 2 hours, 29 minutes due to intermittent rain, pushing the doubleheader into the beginning of the evening. On Tuesday it rained enemies of AL Central.
“It’s summer, it’s baseball season, so you’re going to have some delays,” Funkhauser said. “Whatever you do, it’s a waiting game, so just try to decompress and chill before you crank it up. It’s a long day in the ballpark.”
Cleveland has won 8 of 12 head-to-head games this year, outscored Detroit 65-40, and is 73-24 against the Tigers since 2016.
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Indian legend Shane Bieber (right shoulder pain) has not been allowed to re-throw, but Francona said the team’s medical staff was “really pleased” with the progress of the 2020 AL Cy Young winner.
Bieber, who is 7-4 with a 3.28 ERA in 14 starts, was placed on the injured list for the first time in his career since his June 13 debut against Seattle.
Cleveland outfielder Josh Naylor will undergo surgery on Friday to repair multiple fibula fractures and torn ligaments in his right ankle. He suffered a season-ending injury in a fierce collision with second baseman Ernie Clement in Minnesota on Sunday.
Tigers: RHP Michael Fulmer (neck strain), who was placed on the injured list on Sunday, is undergoing soft tissue treatment on his neck and upper right trapezius. He will be evaluated on Friday.
Indians: C Roberto Perez (finger) was hit on a finger during his rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on Wednesday. Francona said Perez was worried when he left the field, but that’s okay.
Tigers RHP Willie Peralta (0-1, 5.00 ERA) takes on Indians LHP Logan Allen (1-4, 9.19 ERA) in the nightcap. Allen was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Monday.
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