The Detroit Tigers traveled to Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio to take on the Cleveland Indians after losing their last series to the New York Yankees. Detroit used the bat of Yoenis Cespedes win 8-5 over the Tribe.
Cespedes went 3-for-3 with three RBI, including a sacrifice fly, and a home run to help the Tigers take out the Indians. Cespedes is now batting .308/.340/.508 with 10 home runs and 48 RBI on the season. The home run that was hit barley cleared the wall because it was a line shot.
Miguel Cabrera helped to set the table for Cespedes, going 2-for-3 with one RBI and two walks.
"He spooks me," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "I've tried everything."
Victor Martinez went 1-for-5, but his one hit scored two runs. J.D. Martinez went 0-for-4 following his three home run game on Sunday. He struck out twice in Monday's contest.
The Indians sent Trevor Bauer to the mound and he was rocked. Bauer only made it 3.0 innings, while giving up seven runs on nine hits and four walks. The starter now is 6-4 after the loss with a 3.86 ERA.
Jason Kipnis extended his hitting streak to 17 games, which is a career-high. The infielder has hit safely for 26 straight home games.
As for Detroit, Kyle Ryan toed the slab and went 3.2 innings, throwing 60 total pitches. Ryan gave up three runs on six hits and two walks. After, the Tigers brought in Blaine Hardy. The reliever went 2.1 innings of perfect baseball. He got the win to increase his record to 3-1 with a 2.61 ERA.
The Indians scored a run in the third and another in the fourth, but their two big runs came in the eighth and ninth inning.
In the eighth, David Murphy homered to center. Then, in the ninth, Roberto Perez homered to right field off Joakim Soria.
However, Soria was able to finish out the bottom of the ninth inning to secure a Detroit victory.
Nick Castellanos sat the bench for the third straight game. Andrew Romine started at third base and went 1-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored. He is batting .276/.328/.345 during the 2015 season. Castellanos should see playing time on Tuesday or Wednesday.