Tigers get first 4-game sweep of Guardians since 2013
DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera hit a two-out, two-run single in the fifth inning as part of his 3 RBI-day to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Guardians 8-2 on Wednesday, completing a four-game sweep against Cleveland for the first time since 2013.
Tigers’ pitcher Michael Pineda (2-3) allowed two runs and five hits over five innings, then four teammates combined to pitch four innings of scoreless relief.
Detroit is 7-2 against the Guardians this year and is set up to win the season series against them for the first time since 2015.
Franmil Reyes hit a solo shot off Pineda in the second to start the score for Cleveland, but the Tigers went ahead in the home half of the inning when Kody Clemens and Tucker Barnhart hit RBI singles.
The Guardians went ahead briefly in the fifth on Steven Kwan’s double. But in the bottom of the fifth, Javier Baez hit a game-tying single and Cabrera’s two-run single gave Detroit a 5-2 lead.
Cleveland’s Shane Bieber (4-4) gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six over 5 2/3 innings.
Cabrera’s lead-padding sacrifice fly in the seventh gave him 1,835 career RBIs, passing Dave Winfield for 17th on baseball’s all-time list.
The Detroit Tigers haven’t heard from lefty pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez since he went on the restricted list nearly a month ago, Detroit general manager Al Avila said.
Avila declined to say if the Tigers are attempting to void the $77 million, five-year contract that Rodriguez signed November. Rodriguez is 1-3 with a 4.38 ERA in eight starts this season.
Rodriguez’s agent, Gene Mato, didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.
Guardians: 2B Andres Gimenez was not in the lineup. “We took him out (Tuesday) night because he got hit in the knee pretty hard,” manager Terry Francona said. “We were hoping that would help. He came in, and he’s pretty sore.”
Tigers: RHP Wily Peralta went on on the 15-day injured list with a strained left hamstring strain. RHP Will Vest was recalled from Triple-A Toledo and pitched the ninth.
Guardians: After a day off, Cleveland heads to Kansas City for a series that starts Friday. RHP Aaron Civale (2-5, 7.04 ERA) gets the start for the Guardians; the Royals haven’t announced their starter.
Tigers: Detroit will be at the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night, starting a three-team, 12-game trip. The Tigers will have RHP Beau Brieske (1-6, 4.54) on the mound against Chicago RHP Dylan Cease (7-3, 2.51)