CLEVELAND — Miguel Cabrera hit his 494th career homer, moving into sole possession of 28th place all-time, and the Detroit Tigers completed a doubleheader sweep with a 7-1 win over the Cleveland Indians.
Cabrera went 2 for 4, scored twice and broke a tie with Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff on the homer list with a solo shot off Nick Wittgren in the fifth inning. Wily Peralta, who didn't pitch in the majors last year, allowed one unearned run over five innings for his first victory since April 17, 2019, with Kansas City.
In the first game, Harold Castro and Jonathan Schoop each had three RBIs in a 9-4 victory. The game was tied at 4 heading into the fifth, but Cleveland's bullpen was pelted for five runs across the last three innings.
There was a scary moment in the opening game when Tribe third baseman José Ramírez fouled a ball off his left cheek. He was later taken to Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital as a precaution, but returned to the dugout during the second game, and manager Terry Francona believes he will be fine.
With the two defeats, the Indians fall to four games behind the Chicago White Sox for first place in the American League Central division. Up next is a four-game set with the Houston Astros, with rookie J.C. Mejia (1-2, 4.94 ERA) getting the start against lefty Framber Valdez (4-1, 2.11).
More Indians headlines: