The Detroit Tigers took on the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 of the three-game series. The Tigers rode great hitting to win the game, 8-6. The Tribe won Game 1, but the Tigers stole away Game 2 and 3 to win the series.
Detroit used the bats of Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez to get things going in the game. They also got major help from Ian Kinsler and Rajai Davis.
Davis and Kinsler did a great job of getting on base. In Game 3, they combined to go 5-for-8 with five runs scored and one RBI. Davis is hitting .341 on the season and Kinsler is batting .307.
Cabrera dominated the Indians once again. On Sunday, he went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, two runs scored and a home run. Cabrera has a .377/.463/.580 slash line on the season.
"I know they don't like facing him," Tigers starter Kyle Lobstein said. "They walk him a lot, and that means the rest of our guys get to see better pitches. That helps everyone."
Victor and J.D. Martinez, who are not brothers, went 2-for-7 in the contest, but made their presence felt. J.D. launched a double that scored two and Victor hit a sacrifice fly to plate one runner.
"I had a chance to get a double play against (J.D.) Martinez, but I got behind in the count, and when I tried to get a strike, he hit it," Carrasco said.
The Tigers sent out Lobstein to the mound and he finished the game after 7.0 innings and 86 pitches. He gave up just three earned runs on six hits and two walks. Lobstein struck out four and is now 2-1 on the season with the win on Sunday. He has a 3.50 ERA.
"The last time I faced these guys, I didn't have fastball command," he said. "It felt better today, and I think I was able to keep them off balance with it."
Joakim Soria gave up one earned run on one hit and one walk, but managed to get his seventh save of the season. He threw 18 pitches and has a 2.08 ERA.
The Tribe entrusted Carlos Carrasco with the ball and he did not do very well at all. The youngster went just 4.1 innings and gave up five earned runs on nine hits and two walks. His ERA jumped to 4.60.
The relievers did not pitch much better for the Indians. All in all, they went 3.2 innings and gave up three earned runs on four hits and one walk.
Brandon Moss hit the ball great once again. He went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Moss has continued his dominance against Tiger pitching.
Jose Iglesias made an amazing over-the-shoulder catch to rob Mike Aviles of a single. That helped Soria secure the save in the ninth.
"He's not normal," second baseman Kinsler said. "At first, I thought he had time to get under it or (Yoenis) Cespedes would get it, and then he just rips it out of the air. I was covering second going `What the heck just happened?"