Shane Bieber mystifies Detroit Tigers for 7 innings in Cleveland Guardians’ 5-2 win on Tuesday

Tigers starter Tyler Alexander pitches to the Cleveland Guardians in the first inning in Detroit on Tuesday. (AP photo)


Associated Press

DETROIT — Shane Bieber pitched seven dominant innings, Oscar Gonzalez drove in two runs and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 Tuesday night for their third straight win.

Bieber (7-6) allowed just four singles and a walk while striking out eight. Amed Rosario had three hits, including two doubles, while scoring a run and driving in another.

Bieber has won his last three starts, giving up just three earned runs in 20 innings during that stretch.

In the Guardians’ previous two victories, starters Cal Quantrill and Triston McKenzie also held the opposition scoreless.

“We want to keep it rolling and kind of pass the torch,” Bieber said. “We all know what we can do as a clubhouse, as a team, especially when we’re playing aggressive on the mound, in the box and on the base paths.”

Cleveland entered the night trailing first-place Minnesota by one game in the American League Central Division.

Tyler Alexander (2-6) gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings for Detroit. The Tigers barely avoid getting shut out for the second straight game, as Eric Haase drew a two-out, bases loaded walk against Eli Morgan in the ninth. They added another run on a wild pitch by Emmanuel Clase.

“Our guys are still trying,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “That’s a tough task tonight, especially when Bieber is locating his pitches the way he was. They live through their starters and they’ve got a strong pen. A lot of it is because they can utilize them when they have to late in the game and they’re fresh.”

Clase then recorded his 25th save by getting Akil Baddoo to ground out.

Tigers starter Tyler Alexander pitches to the Cleveland Guardians in the first inning in Detroit on Tuesday. (AP photo)


Tigers: RHP Beau Brieske (right forearm soreness), who was scheduled to start the series finale today, will remain on the 15-day IL. He felt discomfort during a bullpen session and was diagnosed with biceps tendonitis. … OF Austin Meadows (right and left Achilles strains) will begin a rehab stint at Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday. Meadows will remain there 7-10 days before he may be activated.