Detroit Tigers' Dixon Machado is congratulated by Pete Kozma after scoring during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Detroit. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, AP)

   

 
 

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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Detroit. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, AP)

  Tigers rally vs Andrew Miller for 9-8 win over Indians

By DAVE HOGG
APNews.com

DETROIT - John Hicks expected to be challenged by shutdown reliever Andrew Miller in a tight spot Tuesday night.

Instead, he got an easy bases-loaded walk to cap an unexpected comeback.

JaCoby Jones homered and doubled, and the Detroit Tigers rallied against Miller during a five-run seventh inning to beat the Cleveland Indians 9-8.

The Indians led 4-0 and 8-4 before Detroit’s breakthrough seventh for its third straight win. Miller (1-2) allowed two inherited runners to score, then allowed two runs of his own. He faced six batters, giving up two doubles and three walks while getting one out.

Louis Coleman (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh inning, and Shane Greene, pitching for the fourth straight day, worked the ninth for his ninth save. Nicholas Castellanos also homered for Detroit.

After Dan Otero gave up a run and left two on for Miller in the seventh, Jones and Pete Kozma hit back-to-back RBI doubles before walks by Victor Martinez and Niko Goodrum loaded the bases with two outs. Miller then walked John Hicks to force in the go-ahead run.

“I was looking for a good pitch to hit, but he wasn’t even coming close,” Hicks said. “He threw a strike on 3-0, when I was taking all the way, but nothing else was near the strike zone.”

Miller wasn’t sure what went wrong.

“I wasn’t going to let Victor hurt me, and I had to tip my cap to Goodrum for a great at-bat,” Miller said. “Hicks, though, was just horrible. There is no excuse for that.”

The Indians loaded the bases with no one out in the eighth against Daniel Stumpf, but Brandon Guyer struck out and Jason Kipnis hit into an inning-ending double play.

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire planned to stick with Stumpf regardless — he didn’t have a choice, since he was out of usable relief pitchers. He did try to bluff Indians manager Terry Francona, though.

“We told Buck (Farmer) to stand there but not throw a pitch,” Gardenhire said. “But Stumpf was a live arm and we needed him to get himself out of the mess he had created.”

Gardenhire ended up using Greene in the ninth despite wanting to rest him.

Guyer hit a first-pitch fastball into the Tigers bullpen for his first career grand slam in the first inning off starter Francisco Liriano.

Jones led off the bottom of the inning with his third homer, the 14th hit off Josh Tomlin this season, but Erik Gonzalez made it 5-1 with a home run in the second.

 

 

 

   
 


 
 

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