The Cleveland Indians just could not string together enough hits to mount a rally against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park Monday night.
Despite getting seven hits, only one that went for extra bases, the Indians (14-11) suffered a 7-1 loss to the Tigers (13-12), who have now beaten the Indians three times in four meetings this season.
The Tigers jumped on Indians starter Trevor Bauer early and never looked back, as they plated two runs in their first at-bat and kept adding on.
Center fielder Tyler Collins got things started when he drew a walk after being even in the count, 2-2, and third baseman Nick Castellanos brought him around with a double to deep right field. Former Indians catcher Victor Martinez made it a 2-0 Tigers lead when he smashed an RBI double to left-center field and drove in Castellanos.
The Tigers added onto their advantage with three more runs in the bottom of the second inning, and once again, it was a one-out walk that got things going for Detroit.
Shortstop Jose Iglesias drew a four-pitch walk, and second baseman Ian Kinsler followed up with a single to right field with just one out in the inning. Kinsler smacked the single to right despite being down in the count, 1-2, after swinging at the third pitch of the at-bat.
After starting the first-inning rally, Collins finished one in the second.
On a 1-2 pitch from Bauer, Collins belted a three-run home run to right field, and his second round-tripper of the season gave the Tigers a 5-0 edge over the Indians.
Although the Indians got a run back in the top of the third inning on an RBI single to left field from designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, which brought around shortstop Francisco Lindor after he smacked a two-out single and moved into scoring position on a walk issued to left fielder Michael Brantley, the Tigers answered once again in the bottom of the fifth.
Martinez reached base on a bunt single down the third-base line and moved over to third base when left fielder Justin Upton doubled to deep center field. The double from Upton drove Bauer from the game, and Zach McAllister came on in relief, but that did little to stop the rally.
Tigers first baseman Alex Avila kept things going with a two-run single to right field that drove in both Martinez and Upton.
Bauer allowed seven hits, including the three-run homer, seven earned runs and five walks against three strikeouts over just four innings of work. Bauer’s earned run average on the season is 7.67, and he has made it through the sixth inning in just two of his five starts.