DETROIT (AP) — Carlos Santana homered and Carlos Carrasco shook off a bad history in Detroit to lift the Cleveland Indians to a 5-4 victory over the Tigers on Saturday.
Carrasco (8-5), who started the game 1-4 with a 9.45 ERA in six outings at Comerica Park, struck out eight and allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings to help disappoint a sellout crowd that turned out for Detroit starter Justin Verlander’s season debut.
The former MVP and Cy Young award winner, who had been on the disabled list with a right triceps strain since the start of the season, left with a 3-2 lead after pitching five innings but reliever Blaine Hardy (2-1) was tagged for two runs in the sixth that gave the Indians the lead for good.
Detroit’s J.D. Martinez led off the eighth with a homer off Bryan Shaw before Cleveland’s Cody Allen pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for his 14th save in 15 chances.
Verlander allowed one baserunner through the first three innings but gave up a homer to Santana to open the fourth. He loaded the bases with one out in the fifth but only allowed Jason Kipnis’ sacrifice fly to keep the lead.
Rajai Davis tripled to open the Tigers’ first and came home on Miguel Cabrera’s single. Carrasco loaded the bases later in the inning but escaped further trouble by striking out the next two batters. Martinez had an RBI double in the third and Davis added one in the fourth.
David Murphy tied the game in the sixth with an RBI triple that chased Hardy and Jan Gomes brought him home two pitches later with a sacrifice fly off Alex Wilson. Murphy scored his second run on Gomes’ deep eighth-inning double.
Jose Iglesias and Anthony Gose had consecutive two-out singles in the eighth but Allen struck out Davis to keep the Indians ahead. Cabrera walked and got to third on Yoenis Cespedes’ bloop single with one out in the ninth but Allen got Martinez to ground into a game-ending double play.
The Indians, shut out by David Price in Friday night’s series opener, earned just their second win against their AL Central rivals and snapped the Tigers’ three-game streak in the season series.
REHAB FOR MARTINEZ
Tigers DH Victor Martinez is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Toledo. Manager Brad Ausmus said Martinez will play at least four games with the Mud Hens before he’s evaluated further.
Martinez has been bothered by the effects of offseason knee surgery and was placed on the 15-day DL on May 19 after hitting .216 with one homer and 15 RBIs in 34 games. He finished second in last season’s AL MVP voting after hitting .335 with 103 RBIs and a career-best 32 homers.
Cleveland: The Indians activated RHP Scott Atchison from the DL on Saturday. He had been out since May 28 with an ankle sprain. The club optioned RHP C.C. Lee to Triple-A Columbus to create a roster spot.
Detroit: RHP Bruce Rondon allowed an earned run and two hits with two strikeouts in an inning Friday night with Toledo. Ausmus said the reliever, who began the season on the DL with tendinitis in his pitching arm, will be evaluated after throwing Sunday.
Cleveland sends Cy Young winner Corey Kluber (3-7, 3.53) against Tigers RHP Alfredo Simon (6-3, 2.76) in Sunday’s series finale. The Indians are seeking their first consecutive victories over Detroit, which leads the season series 6-2.