Indians continue dominance of Tigers with 11-run victory

Detroit Tigers, Anibal Sanchez
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in Cleveland.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Lonnie Chisenhall was 4 for 5 with three RBIs, Carlos Santana and Tyler Naquin homered, and the Cleveland Indians remained perfect in 11 games against the Detroit Tigers this season with a 12-1 victory Tuesday night.

The Indians have outscored the Tigers 76-24 in the season series. Cleveland leads Detroit by 7 1/2 games in the AL Central.

Carlos Carrasco (5-2) allowed one run in six innings for Cleveland, which has won 13 straight at home.

Anibal Sanchez (5-9), who replaced the injured Jordan Zimmermann, allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera was ejected in the sixth after grounding out. Cabrera, thinking the ball hit off his leg, never left the batter’s box and was called out at first. He was ejected when the umpires didn’t reverse the call.

Chisenhall had an RBI double in the fourth and run-scoring singles in the fifth and eighth. Naquin hit a leadoff homer in the sixth while Santana homered to begin the eighth.

Francisco Lindor, named as a reserve to the AL All-Star team, had an RBI double and turned in two outstanding defensive plays for Cleveland.

Lindor’s first gem came with runners on first and second in the fifth. Second baseman Jason Kipnis fielded Jose Iglesias’ one-out grounder and threw to second for the force. Lindor whirled and threw to third where Jose Ramirez tagged Steven Moya.

Lindor robbed Justin Upton of a hit in the sixth with a diving stop deep in the hole and a strong throw to first.

Carrasco held Detroit to three hits and didn’t allow a run until the sixth inning.

Sanchez was named the starter when Zimmermann was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a strained neck.

Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos, who homered Monday, was scratched because of flu-like symptoms.

TAKING HIS CUTS

Indians OF Michael Brantley took batting practice Tuesday for the first time since being sidelined again May 14. He had surgery for a torn right labrum in November and began the season on the DL. He returned to the DL after playing in 11 games.

“I’m 100 percent healthy right now,” he said. “I bounce back great every day and am almost unrestricted in baseball activity.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: Zimmermann will visit a specialist about his neck injury. …

LHP Daniel Norris (strained right oblique) was placed on the 15-day DL on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Rookie RHP Michael Fulmer (8-2, 2.17 ERA) has allowed one run or less in each of his last eight starts in which he’s 6-1 with a 0.53 ERA.

Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin (9-1, 3.21 ERA) has won all three starts against the Tigers this season.

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