By Dave Hart
Indians 7, Tigers 5 – Cleveland Indians’ outfielder Michael Brantley hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to lead the Indians over the Tigers on Thursday night.
Detroit starting pitcher Alfredo Simon took a no decision, allowing five runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.
The Tigers will look to even the series and snap their two-game losing skid with a victory over the Indians on Friday night.
5th Place in AL Central (19.5 games behind Kansas City)
9.5 games behind Texas for last playoff spot.
Magic # to clinch their 5th straight AL Central Division title: 43
Magic # to clinch their 5th straight playoff berth: 33
Next Game: 09/11/2015 at Cleveland Indians 7:10 p.m. @ Progressive Field
Hitting Stats: Nick Castellanos 2B (24) RBI (67), Ian Kinsler RBI (67), Andrew Romine RBI (12), Anthony Gose RBI (25).
Pitching Stats: Blaine Hardy L (4-3) .2 IP 1 H 2 R 2 ER 1 BB 0 K, Alfredo Simon 6.2 IP 9 H 5 R 5 ER 3 BB 5 K.