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Detroit Tigers’ comeback goes for naught as Cleveland Guardians win in extra innings, 4-3, on Thursday

The Cleveland Guardians’ Steven Kwan beats the throw to Tigers second baseman Jonathan Schoop to steal second base during the first inning on Thursday in Detroit. (AP photo)

By DANA GAURUDER

Associated Press

DETROIT — Rookie Oscar Gonzalez knocked in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the 10th inning and the Cleveland Guardians extended their winning streak to five games, beating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Thursday.

Gonzalez’s hit off Gregory Soto (2-7) allowed the Guardians to escape after they squandered a two-run lead in the ninth. Cleveland is 9-2 in extra innings.

“We have a lot of guys in our lineup that are very good at getting guys over, getting guys in,” reliever Bryan Shaw said. “We’re not a team that’s hitting all the home runs. We get base hit after base hit. We do the little things on offense to get guys in. You put a guy on second and we’re really good at getting that guy in.”

Cleveland reliever Trevor Stephan opened the ninth by allowing a walk, a single and Jonathan Schoop’s RBI double that got Detroit within 3-2. Enyel De Los Santos (3-0) came in with one out and gave up Eric Haase’s tying fielder’s-choice grounder.

Shaw worked the 10th for his first save of the season.

The AL Central-leading Guardians increased their lead over idle Minnesota to 1 1/2 games.

Cleveland starter Zach Plesac limited Detroit to one run and four hits while striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings.

Rookie Steven Kwan hit a solo homer and Andres Gimenez scored two of Cleveland’s runs.

Javier Báez hit his team-leading 11th homer for the Tigers but also committed two errors at shortstop. Willi Castro had three hits and scored a run.

Detroit starter Garrett Hill allowed three runs, one earned, and four hits in five innings.

The Tigers have lost four straight and 10 of 12. Their batters struck out 14 times, compared to two by the Guardians.

“You’ve got to get the ball in play,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “If you watch the two teams in the games that are close, it’s just a lot more pressure when you put the ball in play. We didn’t put as much pressure on them as they put on us.”

A throwing error by Báez allowed Cleveland to score its first run during the second inning.

The Guardians got another unearned run in the fourth after an error by third baseman Willi Castro. Luke Maile drove in Gimenez with a two-out single.

Kwan hit his third homer this season to lead off the fifth. Detroit broke through on Báez’s two-out homer in the sixth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: OF Austin Meadows (Achilles strain) had two hits and two RBIs in six at-bats while beginning a rehab assignment for Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday. He’s expected to continue the rehab assignment for at least a week.

The Cleveland Guardians’ Steven Kwan beats the throw to Tigers second baseman Jonathan Schoop to steal second base during the first inning on Thursday in Detroit. (AP photo)

The Detroit Tigers’ Willi Castro greets Robbie Grossman next to Seattle Mariners catcher Tom Murphy after they scored on Grossman’s two-run home run during the sixth inning on June 10, 2021, in Detroit. (AP file photo)

ROSTER MOVES

Tigers: LHP Daniel Norris will be recalled from Triple-A Toledo and start the opener of a three-game series at the Chicago White Sox tonight. RHP Luis Castillo was optioned to Toledo. Norris, who was traded by Detroit to Milwaukee last year, was designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs last month. The Tigers signed him to a minor league contract on July 26.