Tigers stay un­beaten, out­last In­di­ans 9-6, pulled through by Ian Kinsler

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Ian Kinsler hit an RBI sin­gle and Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes dou­bled in two runs dur­ing Detroit’s four­run ninth in­ning as the Tigers stayed un­beaten with a 9-6 win over the Cleve­land In­di­ans on Satur­day.

Kinsler’s fourth hit — a sin­gle off closer Cody Allen (0-1) — broke a 5-all tie and helped the Tigers im­prove to 5-0 for the first time since 2006. The Tigers had to rally twice af­ter Cleve­land’s Jerry Sands de­liv­ered a pair of clutch dou­bles.

Miguel Cabr­era also had four hits for Detroit, which has now outscored its op­po­nents 39-11.

Ian Krol (1-0) got the win de­spite giv­ing up an eighth-in­ning dou­ble to Sands.

In­di­ans catcher Yan Gomes sus­tained a po­ten­tially se­ri­ous in­jury to his right leg in the ninth. Gomes leg was struck by Tigers out­fielder Ra­jai Davis as he tried to keep his foot on the plate for a force. Davis slid hard through the catcher’s leg, and Gomes re­mained on the ground for sev­eral min­utes. He did not put any weight on his leg as he was helped off the field.

Mo­ments later, Ce­s­pedes dou­bled with two outs into the right­field cor­ner to give Detroit a three­run lead.

Cy Young win­ners

Price and Corey Klu­ber both pitched well enough to win, but came away with no-de­ci­sions.

Down 2-0 and un­able to mount any threat against Price, the In­di­ans went ahead 3-2 thanks to Sands.

But af­ter Sands’ dou­ble in the sixth, the Tigers an­swered with three runs in the sev­enth as Kinsler, Cabr­era and Martinez hit RBI sin­gles.

At Cincin­nati, Matt Adams’ first home run of the sea­son helped the St. Louis Car­di­nals top the Cincin­nati Reds 4-1, end­ing the Reds un­beaten start.

Kolten Wong had a sac­ri­fice fly, Jhonny Per­alta and Yadier Molina added ninth-in­ning run-scor­ing sin­gles and Michael Wacha pitched into the sev­enth in­ning to get the win in his first ap­pear­ance of the sea­son.

Wacha (1-0) shook off Todd Fra­zier’s first-in­ning home run to go 6 1-3 innings, al­low­ing five hits and one run with a walk and two strike­outs.

Ubaldo Jimenez struck out eight and al­lowed one sin­gle over seven sparkling innings, Jonathan Schoop hit a grand slam and the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles de­feated the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1.

Ale­jan­dro De Aza and Chris Davis also home­red for the Ori­oles, who re­bounded from a 12-5 loss to Toronto in their home opener Fri­day.

Jimenez (1-0) re­tired 21 of 23 Toronto bat­ters.

The Ori­oles pulled away in the fifth against Todd Re­mond. A sin­gle and two walks loaded the bases for Schoop, who hit a 1-1 pitch into the left-field seats for his first ca­reer grand slam.

Nel­son Cruz hit his first home run for Seat­tle and Brad Miller threw out a run­ner at the plate in the 10th in­ning and dou­bled in the win­ning run in the 11th, lift­ing the Seat­tle Mariners over the Oak­land Ath­let­ics 5-4.

Cruz hit a three-run drive in the eighth off Dan Otero to put the Mariners in front 4-2. Oak­land tied the score in the bot­tom half on RBI dou­bles by Ben Zo­brist off Danny Far­quhar and Brett Lawrie against Car­son Smith.

New Padres ace James Shields was mas­ter­ful in out­pitch­ing Oc­to­ber nemesis Madi­son Bum­gar­ner, who lasted only three innings in San Diego’s 10-2 victory against the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants.

Shields (1-0) held the Gi­ants to one run and three hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked one for his first victory with the Padres.

Bum­gar­ner ( 1- 1), the World Se­ries MVP, al­lowed five runs and 10 hits.

Else­where, the Bos­ton Red Sox beat the New York Yan­kees 8-4, the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs shutout the Los An­ge­les Dodgers 6-0 and the Kansas City Roy­als edged the Los An­ge­les An­gels 6-4.

AP

Cleve­land In­di­ans catcher Yan Gomes, right, forces out Detroit Tigers’ Ra­jai Davis at the plate on a bases-loaded ground ball hit by J.D. Martinez in the ninth in­ning of a base­ball game on Satur­day, April 11.

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