Detroit Tigers blanked 2-0 to finish Cleveland Indians’ series sweep
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Baseball Writer
DETROIT — Every win feels big for the Cleveland Indians at the moment, so a visit to play the last-place Tigers was an important opportunity.
And the Indians drubbed Detroit again.
Mike Clevinger struck out 10 in eight sparkling innings, and Francisco Lindor homered to lift Cleveland to a 2-0 win over the Tigers on Thursday.
The Indians swept the three-game series and are now 15-1 against Detroit this year, including 14 straight wins.
Clevinger (10-2) allowed four hits and no walks in his longest outing of the season. He was lifted after 115 pitches, and Brad Hand worked a perfect ninth for his 33rd save in 38 chances.
Lindor opened the scoring in the third with a solo homer off Daniel Norris (3-11) and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Norris has worked limited innings in his starts lately and pitched three Thursday.
“I’ve faced him enough that I know his tendencies, and I thought I had him set up for a fastball high and away,” Norris said. “I put it in the right spot, but he’s just a phenomenal hitter. There’s not much you can do about something like that.”
Lindor came up with the bases loaded in the seventh and nearly broke the game open with a drive to right-center, but center fielder Harold Castro made a nice running catch, and Cleveland scored just one run on the play.