Infante slams two homers as Tigers thump IndiansSep 1, 2013 - 6:24 AM Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Without Miguel Cabrera, someone else had to step up and provide the power.
The Detroit Tigers got that pop from an unlikely source.
Omar Infante smacked a pair of homers and Austin Jackson's two-run triple in the eighth vaulted the Detroit Tigers to a 10-5 win over the Cleveland Indians in the middle test of a three-game set.
Infante smashed a three-run shot in the second and added a two-run blast in the sixth for Detroit, which has won three straight and upped its lead in the AL Central to 8 1/2 games. Infante has nine homers this season.
"Omar hitting those two home runs, that definitely set the tone for us tonight," Jackson said.
Cabrera was forced from a second straight game on Friday because of irritation in his abdominal area.
Anibal Sanchez (12-7) surrendered three runs on six hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings to pick up the win.
Scott Kazmir (7-7) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks over five frames for Cleveland, which has dropped five consecutive contests. Carlos Santana had a two-run, inside-the-park homer in defeat.
"We fought back, which was good to see, but they just kept scoring," Indians manager Terry Francona said.
The Indians plated a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth to trim a four-run deficit to 6-5, but the Tigers pushed across four in the home eighth to regain control.
With runners on the corners and one away in the eighth, Jackson drilled his triple into left-center. Jose Iglesias' squeeze bunt allowed Jackson to come across and Prince Fielder's double two batters later scored Iglesias for a 10-5 spread.
Earlier, Santana's two-out, first-inning single got the Tribe on the board, but Detroit countered with a four-run second.
Infante cracked his three-run shot into the seats in left and Torii Hunter added a two-out RBI single for a 4-1 Detroit margin.
Michael Bourn's two-out RBI single in the fifth cut the lead in half, but Infante's two-run shot to left in the sixth pushed the spread to 6-2.
Yan Gomes belted a two-out solo blast to left in the seventh and Santana's inside-the-park homer came in the eighth.
Santana smashed a shot to the wall in center, which glanced off the glove of Jackson, who injured himself running into the wall. This allowed Santana to hustle around the bases for a two-run homer and dwindle the margin to a run.
The Tigers were 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position, while Cleveland finished 3-for-7 with RISP ... Detroit hit into three double plays.
- CLEVELAND: 5
Aug 31 10:31 PM
- Prince Fielder double to right scored Jose Iglesias with two out. Runner on second and Victor Martinez due up.
Indians 5, Tigers 10 Bot 8, 2 OutsAug 31 10:22 PM
- Jose Iglesias sacrifice fielder's choice to pitcher scored Austin Jackson with one out. Runner on first and Torii Hunter due up.
Indians 5, Tigers 9 Bot 8, 1 OutAug 31 10:19 PM
- Austin Jackson triple to left scored Hernan Perez and Ramon Santiago with one out. Runner on third and Jose Iglesias due up.
Indians 5, Tigers 8 Bot 8, 1 OutAug 31 10:12 PM
- Carlos Santana one-out, two-run inside-the-park Home Run (17) to center scored Jason Kipnis. Michael Brantley due up.
Indians 5, Tigers 6 Top 8, 1 OutAug 31 9:49 PM
- Yan Gomes two-out, solo Home Run (9) to left. Michael Bourn due up.
Indians 3, Tigers 6 Top 7, 2 OutsAug 31 9:25 PM
- Omar Infante one-out, two-run Home Run 2 (9) to left scored Andy Dirks. Brayan Pena due up.
Indians 2, Tigers 6 Bot 6, 1 OutAug 31 9:07 PM
- Michael Bourn single to right scored Asdrubal Cabrera with two out. On the play, Jason Giambi advances to second. Runners on first and second and Nick Swisher due up.
Indians 2, Tigers 4 Top 5, 2 OutsAug 31 8:41 PM
- Torii Hunter single to center scored Ramon Santiago with two out. On the play, Austin Jackson advances to second. Runners on first and second and Prince Fielder due up.
Indians 1, Tigers 4 Bot 2, 2 OutsAug 31 7:58 PM
- Omar Infante none-out, three-run Home Run (8) to left scored Victor Martinez and Matt Tuiasosopo. Brayan Pena due up.
Indians 1, Tigers 3 Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 31 7:46 PM
- Carlos Santana single to center scored Michael Bourn with two out. Runner on first and Michael Brantley due up.
Indians 1, Tigers 0 Top 1, 2 OutsAug 31 7:18 PM
- CLEVELAND: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 31 7:09 PM
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