Cleveland Indians make it 16 straight wins vs. Detroit Tigers with 2-1 victory Wednesday
By BRIAN DULIK
CLEVELAND — Yasiel Puig hit an RBI single off the top of the right field wall with two outs in the 10th inning and the Cleveland Indians kept up their playoff push, beating the Detroit Tigers 2-1 Wednesday night.
The Indians entered the day one-half game behind Tampa Bay for the second AL wild-card. Cleveland stayed 2 1/2 games behind wild-card leader Oakland.
Cleveland beat the Tigers for the 16th straight time this season, one shy of its franchise record set against Baltimore in 1954. The Indians are 17-1 against the Tigers this year, outscoring them 109-38.
The Tigers, with the worst record in the majors at 45-106, matched their longest losing streak against an opponent. They also dropped 16 in a row to Minnesota in 2002-03.
Puig’s bases-loaded drive off Jose Cisnero (0-4) came after an intentional walk to Carlos Santana. It was the fourth hit of the game and the fifth career walkoff plate appearance by Puig, who was acquired from Cincinnati in a three-team trade on July 31.
Roberto Perez reached on an error by shortstop Willi Castro to open the 10th and was replaced by Bradley Zimmer, who advanced on Ryan Flaherty’s sacrifice bunt. A fielder’s choice by Oscar Mercado was bookended by intentional walks to Francisco Lindor and Santana, setting the stage for the enigmatic Puig.
Detroit opened the scoring in the third when rookie catcher Jake Rogers led off with a double and came home on Victor Reyes’ sacrifice fly. Cleveland answered in the bottom half with a single by Santana that scored Flaherty.