By Dave Hart
Indians 9, Tigers 3 – The Cleveland Indians put up six runs in the fifth inning to lead them to their third sweep over the Tigers on Sunday afternoon.
Detroit took its first lead against the Indians with a solo home run by Mike Aviles in the third inning.
The Indians responded with two runs in the fourth inning before the Tigers tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth.
The Indians were paced by Lonnie Chisenhall with a triple, home run and three RBIs while Mike Napoli added a homer and two RBIs.
Victor Martinez led Detroit with a pair of solo home runs.
Detroit’s starting pitcher Justin Verlander picked up his third loss against the Indians this season, allowing eight runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.
The Tigers are now 38-38 on the season, good for a third place tie in the American League Central Division behind the first-place Cleveland Indians.
Detroit will close its home stand with a two-game series against the Miami Marlins starting on Tuesday night.
Tied for 3rd Place in AL Central Division (7 games behind first-place Cleveland)
2.5 games behind Toronto for last Wild Card spot
Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 89
Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 95
Next Game: 06/28/2016 vs. Miami Marlins 7:10 p.m. @ Comerica Park
Hitting stats: Victor Martinez 2 HR (14) 2 RBI (40), Mike Aviles HR (1) RBI (6)
Pitching stats: Justin Verlander L (7-6) 4.2 IP 9 H 8 R 8 ER 2 BB 5 K.