By Dave Hart
Indians 7, Tigers 3 – The Cleveland Indians snapped the Tigers five-game winning streak with a victory on Tuesday night.
The Indians, who are 4-0 against Detroit this season, jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning and led 4-0 after three.
The Tigers scored a pair of runs in the fifth on a two-run homer by Ian Kinsler to cut their deficit in half, but the Indians responded with three runs in the bottom half of the fifth to take a five-run lead.
The Indians were paced by Francisco Lindor with a double, home run and three RBIs while Mike Napoli chipped in with a double and two RBIs.
Nick Castellanos added an RBI for the Tigers in a losing effort.
Detroit’s starting pitcher Justin Verlander struggled in the loss, allowing seven runs on eight hits in five innings.
The Tigers are now 14-11 on the season, good for second place in the American League Central Division behind the Chicago White Sox.
Detroit will look to even its series against the Indians with a win on Wednesday night.
2nd Place in AL Central Division (3.5 games behind Chicago)
Tied with Seattle for the last playoff spot
Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 138
Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 141
Next Game: 05/04/2016 @ Cleveland Indians 6:10 p.m. @ Progressive Field
Hitting stats: Ian Kinsler HR (5) 2 RBI (15), Nick Castellanos RBI (19).
Pitching stats: Justin Verlander L (2-3) 5 IP 8 H 7 R 7 ER 3 BB 2 K.