Brantley's blast leads Cleveland past DetroitJul 8, 2013 - 3:20 AM Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Michael Brantley went 3-for-4 with two home runs, including a go-ahead two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth inning, as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers, 9-6, in the third game of a four-game series.
A three-run homer by Torii Hunter at the top of the inning evened the game at 6-6, but Al Alburquerque (1-2) quickly coughed up the lead. He walked Nick Swisher to start the Indians' half of the frame before Brantley clubbed a 3-1 pitch to right to restore Cleveland's lead.
Cody Allen (4-1) got the final out of the top of the eighth to pick up the win, while Chris Perez threw a scoreless ninth to notch his ninth save.
Carlos Santana had a two-run homer and Lonnie Chisenhall hit a solo shot for the Indians, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
"I felt like we were loose, there wasn't any pressure put on us, and that's when we're at our best when we just go out there and play our type of game," Swisher said. "It also helps having Brantley go deep a couple times too."
Hunter drove in four runs while Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-4 with a homer and two RBI for the Tigers, who had won five straight prior to the game.
Cabrera's solo shot in the first gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead, but the Indians responded in the home half with four runs.
Jason Kipnis and Swisher drew consecutive two-out walks before Brantley scored them both with a double to left. Santana then knocked an 0-1 cutter to right center for a 4-1 advantage.
An inning later, Chisenhall delivered a leadoff homer.
The Tigers had an opportunity to score in the sixth. Cabrera and Prince Fielder got on base to begin the inning, then executed a double steal after Jhonny Peralta struck out. However, with two outs, Andy Dirks was sent down on strikes.
Brantley hammered a 1-2 pitch to right in the bottom of the inning to give Cleveland a 6-1 lead.
However, the Indians blew their five-run cushion over the next two innings. In the seventh, Ramon Santiago knocked a one-out double to center and Austin Jackson's base hit up the middle placed runners at the corners. Hunter and Cabrera then hit back-to-back RBI singles to cut the deficit to 6-3.
Hunter's smash with two aboard in the eighth tied the game.
"They jumped out early on us and we hung in there and just tried to give ourselves a chance and we did that," Hunter said.
Perez gave up a leadoff single to Peralta in the ninth, but struck out Dirks and got Alex Avila to ground into a double play to end the game.
Cleveland starter Corey Kluber had 10 strikeouts and allowed two runs on five hits and three walks over 6 1/3 innings ... Detroit starter Doug Fister gave up six runs on six hits and three walks in six frames ... Fielder stole a base for the first time since April 18, 2012 ... The Tigers were 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base ... On Monday, the undefeated Max Scherzer will start against Cleveland's Scott Kazmir in the series finale.
- Alex Avila grounded out to first. On the play, Jhonny Peralta was tagged out at second from first to short to first to complete the double play and end the inning.
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- Drew Stubbs sacrifice fly to center scored Mike Aviles. On the play, Lonnie Chisenhall advances to third. Runner on third with two outs and Michael Bourn due up.
Tigers 6, Indians 9 Bot 8, 2 OutsJul 7 4:19 PM
- Michael Brantley none-out, two-run Home Run 2 (7) to right scored Nick Swisher. Carlos Santana is due up.
Tigers 6, Indians 8 Bot 8, 0 OutsJul 7 4:06 PM
- Torii Hunter two-out, three-run Home Run (6) to left scored Andy Dirks and Ramon Santiago. Miguel Cabrera is due up.
Tigers 6, Indians 6 Top 8, 2 OutsJul 7 3:47 PM
- Miguel Cabrera singled to right scoring Austin Jackson. On the play, Torii Hunter advances to second. Runners on first and second with one out and Prince Fielder due up.
Tigers 3, Indians 6 Top 7, 1 OutJul 7 3:17 PM
- Torii Hunter singled to center scoring Ramon Santiago. On the play, Austin Jackson advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and Miguel Cabrera due up.
Tigers 2, Indians 6 Top 7, 1 OutJul 7 3:16 PM
- Michael Brantley lead-off Home Run (6) to right. Carlos Santana is due up.
Tigers 1, Indians 6 Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 7 2:56 PM
- Lonnie Chisenhall lead-off Home Run (5) to right. Drew Stubbs is due up.
Tigers 1, Indians 5 Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 7 1:43 PM
- Carlos Santana two-out, two-run Home Run (11) to right-center scored Michael Brantley. Mark Reynolds is due up.
Tigers 1, Indians 4 Bot 1, 2 OutsJul 7 1:27 PM
- Michael Brantley doubled to left scoring Jason Kipnis and Nick Swisher. Runner on second with two outs and Carlos Santana due up.
Tigers 1, Indians 2 Bot 1, 2 OutsJul 7 1:25 PM
- Miguel Cabrera two-out, solo Home Run (28) to left. Prince Fielder is due up.
Tigers 1, Indians 0 Top 1, 2 OutsJul 7 1:11 PM
- DETROIT: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
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