MLB Game Recap - Cleveland at Detroit
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

BOS
5
MIA
3
F
MIN
3
CHW
4
F
ARI
3
LAA
7
F
SF
6
SEA
4
F
TB
3
BAL
1
F
STL
1
PIT
5
F
NYM
10
PHI
6
F
TOR
7
NYY
10
F
TEX
1
HOU
2
F
CLE
10
DET
3
F
BAL
6
TB
10
F
LAD
9
COL
3
F

September 17, 2020 7:10 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Cleveland (27-23)

1

0

0

4

0

0

3

2

0

10

10

0

Detroit (21-28)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

3

4

1

W: Bieber (8-1)

L: Mize (0-2)

CLE - HR: Ramirez 2 (13)

DET - HR: Castro (5)

Ramirez helps Indians snap skid with 10-3 win over Tigers
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:12 PM

DETROIT (AP) Shane Bieber and the birthday boy helped the Cleveland Indians end their skid.

Bieber took a shutout into the eighth inning, Jose Ramirez homered twice on his 28th birthday and the Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 10-3 on Thursday night. Cleveland snapped an eight-game losing streak.

The Indians entered the day holding the final American League playoff spot, and they had a four-game cushion despite their recent slide.

"Going into the postseason, it would be nice to get some momentum moving forward," Bieber said. "A lot of good teams make it, but a lot of hot teams win it, so if we can get going towards the end of the season right now, I think we'll be in a good spot."

Bieber (8-1) didn't allow a run until his final hitter, Willi Castro, hit a three-run homer in the eighth. That cost the Cleveland right-hander the major league ERA lead, but Bieber did become the first eight-game winner of this shortened season. He allowed four hits in 7 2/3 innings.

Bieber, a leading candidate for his first AL Cy Young Award, struck out 10 to raise his season total to 112, baseball's top mark. He walked two.

"It was a tough night. We faced a very good pitcher, we all saw that," Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. "The guy was phenomenal. He had great stuff and didn't give us much early in the game."

Casey Mize (0-2) allowed three earned runs in 3 2/3 innings for Detroit. The rookie right-hander took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his previous start, but he had a tougher time against Cleveland.

Ramirez opened the scoring with a solo homer in the first and added a two-run shot in the fourth. The Indians then scored two more runs off Mize in the fourth, both of them unearned. Third baseman Isaac Paredes flubbed a two-out, bases-loaded grounder for an error. Then Mize walked in a run to make it 5-0.

"I just wasn't getting ahead," Mize said of his fourth-inning problems. "It's like I was 2-0 on every guy."

Cleveland scored three in the seventh, including a two-run single by Franmil Reyes. Cesar Hernandez hit an RBI double in the eighth, and Ramirez capped his four-hit night with an RBI single later that inning.

"We've been playing hard," Ramirez said through a translator. "This is baseball. You can go on a streak of winning 20-something games, but also lose 15-something games."

Bieber's outing ended on a sour note after he was left in with a 10-run lead in the eighth. He struggled in the inning and ended up with a career-high 118 pitches. Castro's homer raised Bieber's ERA to 1.74, just behind former teammate Trevor Bauer of Cincinnati at 1.71.

But Bieber accomplished the night's big objective - ending Cleveland's losing streak. He has at least eight strikeouts in all 11 starts this year, the second-longest streak to start a season in major league history. Randy Johnson had a 15-game run in 2000.

Detroit has lost five of six.

RARE RELIEF APPEARANCE

Jordan Zimmermann came on in the seventh for just the second relief appearance of his career. He allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: C Austin Romine took a foul ball off the leg in the ninth but was able to stay in the game. ... Detroit optioned OF Travis Demeritte to the alternate training site after the game, and the Tigers said UTIL Harold Castro (left hamstring strain) will be reinstated from the injured list before Friday's game.

UP NEXT

Zach Plesac (3-2) takes the mound for Cleveland on Friday night against Michael Fulmer (0-2).

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Pitchers of Record

Cleveland IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
S. Bieber (W, 8-1) 7.2 4 3 2 10 3.52 0.783
Detroit IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
C. Mize (L, 0-2) 3.2 4 3 3 1 7.36 1.909

Batting Leaders

Cleveland AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
J. Ramirez 5 4 3 2 4 0 11 0 8.8
C. Hernandez 5 3 3 0 1 0 4 0 2.4
Detroit AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
W. Castro 3 1 1 1 3 1 4 0 2.1
I. Paredes 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.7

Team Comparison

CLE DET
At Bats 38 31
Hits 10 4
Batting Average .263 .129
On Base Percentage .364 .182
Slugging Percentage 0.474 0.258
Doubles 2 1
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 2 1
Total Bases 18 8
Walks 6 2
Strikeouts 7 12
Stolen Bases 0 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 7 3
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 2/6 1/2
Double Plays Fielded 0 0
Errors 0 1

2020 Regular Season - CLE Leads Series 5-2

Date Result Winner Loser
Fri Aug 14 CLE 10 @ DET 5 A. Civale I. Nova
Sat Aug 15 CLE 3 @ DET 1 S. Bieber S. Turnbull
Sun Aug 16 CLE 8 @ DET 5 O. Perez J. Schreiber
Fri Aug 21 DET 10 @ CLE 5 R. Garcia A. Plutko
Sat Aug 22 DET 1 @ CLE 6 T. McKenzie M. Boyd
Sun Aug 23 DET 7 @ CLE 4 D. Norris C. Carrasco
Thu Sep 17 CLE 10 @ DET 3 S. Bieber C. Mize

Game Information

Stadium: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Attendance: 0
Game Time: 3:04
Weather: 66F, Clear
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?