Detroit leads 2-0 (as of 9/2)
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7:05 PM ET, September 2, 2014
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
CLEVELAND -- For eight innings, the Detroit Tigers couldn't connect in the clutch. They were exasperated, annoyed and seemingly on their way to a tough loss.
One swing by J.D. Martinez changed their mood.
"He hit it so hard, it sounded like thunder," teammate Torii Hunter said.
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Martinez's shot into the shrubs beyond the center-field wall bailed out the Tigers, who stranded 12 runners through eight. But in the ninth, Hunter drew a leadoff walk from Allen (5-4), Miguel Cabrera singled, and after Victor Martinez flied out, J.D. Martinez ripped his 19th homer, a crushing blow to the Indians.
"It was one of those swings where you hit it and it just feels perfect," Martinez said, "like you couldn't do anything else or any better. When I reached home, I was like, `Did I touch every bag?' You get caught up in the situation. It's September, this is the month you win or go home."
Detroit's comeback kept the Tigers on the heels of first-place Kansas City in the AL Central. The Royals have a half-game lead in the division.
The Indians wasted a strong performance by Carlos Carrasco, who side-stepped danger for 5 1/3 innings and struck out a career-high 10.
Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer for Cleveland, which has dropped the first two in this critical four-game series and fell 5 1/2 games out of first.
J.D. Martinez has hit two homers in three career at-bats off Allen, who was trying to protect a 2-1 lead against the middle of Detroit's vaunted lineup.
"I was just overthrowing it," Allen said. "I just didn't make pitches when I had to. One pitch -- J.D. Martinez got extended on a fastball and hit it very hard."
Until Detroit's uprising, Carrasco was in line for his fourth straight win. The right-hander managed to work out of jams in four straight innings, making big pitches and keeping the Tigers' power hitters in the ballpark one night after Detroit slugged five homers and collected 20 hits.
Tigers rookie starter Kyle Lobstein was superb in his first career road start, allowing five hits in 5 1/3 innings and striking out 10.
Every time the Tigers threatened, Carrasco found a way out of trouble.
Clinging to a one-run lead in the fifth, he gave up a leadoff double to Cabrera, who went to third on Victor Martinez's single. Carrasco then struck out J.D. Martinez looking, fanned Nick Castellanos and locked up catcher Alex Avila with an 84 mph off-speed pitch to end the inning, celebrating his 10th whiff with a demonstrative fist pump.
Even Cabrera patted Carrasco on the rear as the right-hander passed him while leaving the field.
"He really dug deep," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Carrasco. "That was really something. He pitched out of so many binds and executed some unbelievable pitches."
Santana got the Indians out of the gate fast, hitting his 23rd homer in the first. Michael Brantley singled with two outs before Santana connected for a shot into Detroit's bullpen in right.
Avila was removed in the sixth after taking a foul ball of his mask. He felt dizzy and struggled to answer the trainer's questions. He was feeling better after the game, but will have further tests Wednesday. The veteran catcher missed two weeks last season with delayed concussive symptoms.
HOT IN CLEVELAND
Even before his homer, J.D. Martinez liked Progressive Field. He's batting .464 (13 of 28) with five homers, 13 RBIs and six runs in seven games at the ballpark this season.
Tigers: RHP Joakim Soria (strained left oblique) played catch from 140 feet before the game. Soria, acquired at the trade deadline from Texas to shore up Detroit's shaky bullpen, has been on the disabled list since Aug. 10. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Soria was pain-free for the first time, and will likely throw batting practice instead of pitching in the minors.
Detroit RHP Justin Verlander (12-11) hasn't pitched like himself most of this season. He's dealt with shoulder issues and the 2011 AL MVP hasn't been nearly as dominant as in previous years. But it's September, there's important games ahead and he's still a handful for the Indians, who will counter with Danny Salazar (5-6).
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 2: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a two-run home...(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Detroit leads 11-8 (as of Tue 9/2)|
|Wed 4/16||CLE 3, @DET 2||Recap|
|Thu 4/17||@DET 7, CLE 5||Recap|
|Mon 5/19||@CLE 5, DET 4||Recap|
|Tue 5/20||@CLE 6, DET 2||Recap|
|Wed 5/21||@CLE 11, DET 10||Recap|
|Fri 6/20||DET 6, @CLE 4||Recap|
|Sat 6/21||DET 5, @CLE 4||Recap|
|Sun 6/22||DET 10, @CLE 4||Recap|
|Fri 7/18||CLE 9, @DET 3||Recap|
|Sat 7/19||CLE 6, @DET 2||Recap|
|Sat 7/19||CLE 5, @DET 2||Recap|
|Sun 7/20||@DET 5, CLE 1||Recap|
|Mon 9/1||DET 12, @CLE 1||Recap|
|» Tue 9/2||DET 4, @CLE 2||Box Score|
|Wed 9/3||@CLE 7, DET 0||Recap|
|Thu 9/4||DET 11, @CLE 4||Recap|
|Fri 9/12||@DET 7, CLE 2||Recap|
|Sat 9/13||@DET 5, CLE 4||Recap|
|Sun 9/14||@DET 6, CLE 4||Recap|
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|1st||C Santana homered to right (354 feet), M Brantley scored.||0||2|
|2nd||A Avila walked, V Martinez scored, J Martinez to third, N Castellanos to second.||1||2|
|9th||J Martinez homered to center (423 feet), T Hunter and S Moya scored.||4||2|
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|Stadium||Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH|
|Attendance||9,990 (23.7% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||73 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mike Everitt, First Base - Tom Woodring, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Adrian Johnson|
J.D. Martinez (DET): 1st career go-ahead HR in the 9th inning or later
The Tigers signed J.D. Martinez to a minor-league contract a WEEK before the season started. After his go-ahead HR in the 9th inning tonight, he's tied with Miguel Cabrera for 2nd on the team in home runs, and he's already outperformed his first 3 big-league seasons.[+]
J.D Martinez - MLB Career
Carlos Carrasco opened the season in the Indians starting rotation but struggled mightily and was moved to the bullpen... More than 3 months and 26 relief appearances later, Carrasco returned to the rotation August 10th and he's been a completely different pitcher.[+]
Carlos Carrasco as Starter This Season
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