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