A shot of power
Cabrera helps Tigers end home losing streak
DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera had a grand slam among his three hits as the Detroit Tigers snapped a 10-game home losing streak with a 9-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.
Cabrera, who had five RBIs, was back in the lineup after missing two games with chronic knee pain. He said before the game he will be a full-time DH until the knee improves.
Detroit last won at home on May 8, and went 0-9 on a homestand from May 13-23.
Willy Adames hit a grand slam for the Rays.
Blake Snell (3-5) allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings. The six earned runs were one short of his career high, set on May 1 against the Kansas City Royals.
Ryan Carpenter (1-2) picked up his second career win, giving up two runs on seven hits in seven innings. Shane Greene pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 20 tries.
Cabrera began the scoring with an RBI single in the first.
Avisail Garcia, who was mentored by Cabrera when he started his career in Detroit and now wears his No. 24, gave the Rays a 2-1 lead with a two-run homer in the third.
Christin Stewart tied the game with an RBI single in the fifth, and Nicholas Castellanos walked to load the bases for Cabrera. He fell behind 0-2 before hitting a curveball into the Tigers’ dugout for his fifth career grand slam.
Cabrera singled in the seventh and received a standing ovation when he was removed for a pinch runner. Dawel Lugo hit a two-run triple later in the inning and made it 9-2 when he scored on a passed ball.
The Rays loaded the bases in the eighth on two walks and a hit batter. Adames made it 9-6 with his fifth homer of the season and first career grand slam. Like Garcia, Adames began his career in the Tigers’ organization.
Tigers: 2B Josh Harrison will require surgery on his hamstring and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. With Cabrera unavailable in the field, SS Jody Mercer still sidelined with a right quad strain and 3B Jeimer Candelario on the injured list with a shoulder problem, the Tigers are using Brandon Dixon at first, Ronny Rodriguez at second, Niko Goodrum at short and Lugo at third.
The teams play the second of the three-game series on Wednesday night, with Tampa Bay’s Charlie Morton (6-0, 2.54) facing Tigers rookie Spencer Turnbull (3-4, 2.84).
Indians 5, Twins 2
CLEVELAND– Francisco Lindor hit two of Cleveland’s four home runs and the Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Lindor hit a solo home run in the third and broke a 1-all tie with a two-run homer in the fifth. Roberto Perez and Jake Bauers added back-to-back homers in the seventh.
The Indians have struggled offensively, but at least for one night out-hit the Twins 6-5. Minnesota leads the AL in runs, homers and batting average.
Minnesota came into the game with best record in baseball and holds a 10 ¢-game lead over Cleveland in AL Central.
Shane Bieber (5-2) gave up solo homers to Marwin Gonzalez in the second and Eddie Rosario in the sixth. He allowed two runs and struck out seven in seven-plus innings.
Bieber was pulled after Byron Buxton reached on Lindor’s fielding error to start the eighth. Oliver Perez struck out Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and Nelson Cruz. Brad Hand hit Mitch Garver with one out in the ninth, but got Gonzalez to bounce into a game-ending double play. Hand picked up his 17th save in 17 opportunities.
Rookie left-hander Devin Smeltzer (0-1) gave up all four homers in his second major league start. Smeltzer allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Lindor, who missed the first three weeks because of calf and ankle injuries, doubled in the seventh and walked in the first.
Rosario moved into a tie for the AL lead with his 18th home run. Jorge Polanco, who ranks second in the league in batting, was 1 for 3 for a .336 average. Cruz played for the first time since May 12 when he strained his left wrist, and was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
Smeltzer, a 23-year-old left-hander, pitched six scoreless innings against Tampa Bay in his major league debut last week. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer when he was nine years old. The cancer went into full remission when in 2012. Smeltzer was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016 and acquired by the Twins last season for second baseman Brian Dozier.
Twins: LHP Martin Perez (7-2, 3.71 ERA) has allowed 24 earned runs in 23 2/3 career innings against Cleveland, posting a 1-2 record and 9.13 ERA in six appearances.
Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (4-6, 4.98 ERA) has lost three consecutive starts. His last victory was on May 14, when he threw seven scoreless innings against the White Sox.