Tigers sweep away Indians behind Ian Kinsler’s home run

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Tigers extend lead in eighth

The Tigers added to their lead in the eighth inning, scoring a pair of runs on two hits, a sacrifice and a wild pitch.

Kinsler gives Tigers lead with home run

Ian Kinsler gave the Tigers the lead with a two-run home run in the seventh inning.

J.D Martinez comes through again

J.D. Martinez pulled the Tigers within 3-2 in the sixth, driving in Miguel Cabrera with a single to center.

Martinez, who also homered in the fourth, ended the afternoon of Indians starter Trevor Bauer, who lasted just five innings.

Indians get to Verlander, bullpen in sixth inning

The Indians scored a pair of runs in the sixth inning, chasing starter Justin Verlander, who left a pair of runners on for reliever Blaine Hardy.

Jose Ramirez’s infield single scored one run, and Hardy hit Michael Brantley with a pitch to force in another.

Indians answer in the fifth inning

Carlos Santana’s sacrifice fly scored Michael Bourn to pull the Indians even in the fifth inning, 1-1.

Bourn led the inning off with a walk from starter Justin Verlander, and advanced to third on Michael Brantley’s single.

J.D Martinez puts Tigers in lead in fourth

Tigers left fielder J.D. Martinez clubbed a two-out solo home run to center field to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning against the Indians.

It was the Tigers’ third hit off Indians starter Trevor Bauer, who up until that point, had matched zeros with Tigers starter Justin Verlander.

Verlander has scattered three hits and two walks over the first four innings.

Tigers seek sweep, strengthen hold on first place in AL Central

The Tigers send Justin Verlander to the mound Sunday, seeking a three-game sweep of the Indians to at least maintain their half-game lead over the Royals for first place in the American League Central Division.

Indians at Tigers

When: Saturday, 1:08 p.m.

Where: Comerica Park, Detroit

TV/radio: FSD, TBS / 1270-AM and 97.1-FM

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Quick hits

* Tigers starter Justin Verlander has won three of his last four decisions, though he’s given up 32 hits in 261/3 innings in those four starts. His only loss in that stretch: Sept. 3, to the Indians.

* Verlander’s counterpart for the Indians, Trevor Bauer, owns a 5.20 ERA on the road this season.

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Bulletins

* Alex Avila’s winning blast overshadows miscues, missed opportunities in Tigers victory.

* Lynn Henning writes that, despite his shortcomings, closer Joe Nathan is still getting the job done for the Tigers.

* Alex Avila’s two-run home run helps Tigers edge Indians, stay in first place.

Lineups

Indians

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF

2. Jose Ramiez (S) SS

3. Michael Brantley (L) LF

4. Carlos Santana (S) 1B

5. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B

6. Yan Gomes (R) DH

7. David Murphy (L) RF

8. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) 3B

9. Roberto Perez (R) C

SP: RHP Trevor Bauer (5-8, 4.12)

Tigers

1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B

2. Torii Hunter (R) RF

3. Miguel Cabrera (R) DH

4. Victor Martinez (S) 1B

5. J.D. Martinez (R) LF

6. Alex Avila (L) C

7. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B

8. Andrew Romine (S) SS

9. Rajai Davis (R) CF

SP: RHP Justin Verlander (13-12, 4.82)