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Kipnis hits homer as Indians beat Tigers 4-1
Saturday Jun 09, 2018 12:00am

(CLEVELAND) – The Detroit Tigers gave the Cleveland Indians an extra out in the ninth inning, and Jason Kipnis made them pay. The Tigers failed to take advantage of a two-out baserunning mistake by Jose Ramirez, and Kipnis hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer two pitches later to lift the Indians over the Tigers 4-1. Ramirez almost broke the tie himself, hitting Shane Greene's 3-1 pitch just past the foul pole down the right-field line, but ended up drawing a walk. Yonder Alonso hit a two-out single into the right-center field gap, and Ramirez stumbled as he took a wide turn around third. Instead of throwing to third, though, second baseman Dixon Machado sent his relay to the plate, allowing Ramirez to get back to third and Alonso to take second. Kipnis then connected off Greene (2-3) for a drive over the right-center field scoreboard for his fourth homer of the season. Trevor Bauer (5-4) struck out 12 in eight innings, giving up one run and seven hits. Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 12th save, staying in the game after being hit by a groundball. Tigers ace Michael Fulmer came into the game with a 1-3 record and 6.89 ERA in his past six starts. Against Cleveland, though, his fastball regularly reached 98 mph as he allowed one run on five hits in seven innings. He struck out seven without walking a batter. The Tigers took only four pitches to grab a first-inning lead on doubles by Leonys Martin and Nicholas Casstellanos, but Bauer quickly settled down.







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