Detroit Tigers blast away Cleveland Indians, 12-0

DETROIT, Michigan -- Just one day after the Cleveland Indians cliched the American League Central Division, the Tribe lost 12-0 against the Detroit Tigers.

The Tigers, unlike the Indians, have not yet made the postseason and are fighting for a Wild Card spot in the American League. Detroit's win on Tuesday pulled the team within one game of the second wild card spot. 

Justin Verlander struck out a season-high 12 batters, granted Cleveland was without Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Mike Napoli and Jose Ramirez

Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning. (Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning. (Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

"It's actually kind of tough that way -- a bunch of guys in there I don't know at all," Verlander said. "Just trying to figure it out on the fly when I'm out there and kind of read swings and stuff."

Verlander (16-8) went 7.2 innings, allowing four hits and a walk. As for Cleveland's starter, Mike Clevinger (2-3), he lasted only two innings. 

"I wasn't mentally ready for this game, and that's embarrassing," Clevinger said. "I've made so much progress in about my last ten outings, and then I gave a lot of it back tonight. Some of that is baseball, but I felt like I could have controlled some of it."

Miguel Cabrera, Justin Upton and pinch-hitter Andrew Romine all hit homers in the victory. Cabrera picked up five RBI to increase his total to 35 home runs and 102 RBI on the season.

Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers hits a two-run double against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning. (Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
 Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers hits a two-run double against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning. (Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Also, Nick Castellanos returned to the game as a pinch-hitter for Ian Kinsler in the eighth inning. In his first plate apperaence since August 6th, Castellanos ripped a double in his debut off the disabled list. 

The Tigers are a game behind the Balitmore Orioles for a spot in the Wild Card. 

UP NEXT:

Detroit Tigers: Rookie starting pitcher Michael Fulmer (11-7) will make his final start of the regular season on Wednesday against the Indians. He needs 6.1 innings of work to qualify for the ERA title. Zach McAllister (3-2) will oppose Fulmer. 

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