Live blog: Tigers fall to Tribe in pitcher's duel

Geoff Robinson
The Detroit News
Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd works in the first inning.


Matt Boyd put together a quality start for the Tigers, but the bats just weren't able to do enough against Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco as the Indians escaped the third game of this series with a 3-2 win.

Boyd's undoing was a three-run fourth inning where he gave up three hits to the Tribe. He pitched 7.2 innings, becoming the first Tigers pitcher to pitch into the eighth frame this season. Boyd gave up three runs on five hits, walked three and struck out four.

Carrasco pitched six innings, giving up five hits while walking just one and striking out five. He gave way to Andrew Miller in the seventh, and Miller, a two-inning set up man and the Tribe's best bullpen arm, shut the Tigers down.

In the ninth, Victor Martinez drew a four-pitch leadoff walk from Tribe closer Cody Allen, prompting Brad Ausmus to send Dixon Machado into the game as a pinch-runner. Justin Upton proceeded to strike out swinging, but Jame McCann was able to draw a walk of his own as Allen continued to struggle throwing his fastball for a strike. Mikie Mahtook flew out to right field, moving Machado to third, putting runners on the corners for Jim Aducci, who struck out looking at strike three.

These two teams are supposed to get back at it tomorrow, but forecasts are calling for a 100 percent chance of rain during the afternoon hours, and the Tigers have a game on the west coast on Friday night. If they do play, it'll be Michael Fulmer getting the call against Danny Salazar.

Top 9th: Indians 3, Tigers 2

Yan Gomes singled through the middle the diamond with two outs, but Blaine Hardy was able to keep the Tigers within a run by getting Carlos Santana to ground out to third to end the inning.

Brandon Guyer struck out swinging, and Abraham Almonte grounded out to second to start the frame.

Bottom 8th: Indians 3, Tigers 2

Andrew Romine struck out swinging, Nick Castellanos flew out to right field and Miguel Cabrera struck out looking as Andrew Miller set the Tigers down in order in the eighth.

Top 8th: Indians 3, Tigers 2

Matt Boyd put the finishing touches on a fine performance that was marred only by a rough fourth inning.

Francisco Lindor flew out to right field, and Michael Brantley flew out to center field before Boyd was issued a walk to Edwin Encarnacion and subsequently taken out of the game. Blaine Hardy took over and issued a four-pitch, unintentional intentional walk to Jose Ramirez before getting Jason Kipnis to fly out to right field to end the inning.

Boyd was the first Tigers starting pitcher to pitch into the eighth inning this season. His final line: 7.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Bottom 7th: Indians 3, Tigers 2

The Tribe have gone to their vaunted bullpen with a slim lead late at Comerica Park.

Hard-throwing lefty Andrew Miller was the first to take over for starter Carlos Carrasco, and although Jim Aducci reached via a two-out bunt, Miller struck out Jose Iglesias to get out of the frame.

Pinch-hitting James McCann grounded out to first, and Mikie Mahtook struck out to start the inning.

Top 7th: Indians 3, Tigers 2

Matt Boyd is still going strong after setting the Tribe down in order in the seventh, and he should still have at least another inning left in the tank, as his pitch count sits at 83.

Yan Gomes stroked a two-out single to left field, but Boyd was able to get Carlos Santana to ground into a fielder's choice on the first pitch of the next at-bat.

Brandon Guyer struck out swinging, and Abraham Almonte grounded out to shortstop to start the frame.

Bottom 6th: Indians 3, Tigers 2

Nick Castellanos doubled to right field to leadoff the inning, and he was able to get to third on a breaking ball that got away from Indians catcher Yan Gomes. Miguel Cabrera sent a fly ball to right field, but Brandon Guyer made a nice sliding catch, and his momentum carried him well enough that Castellanos wasn't able to commit to going home. He would, however, come home on a Victor Martinez fly ball to center field in the next at-bat.

Getting a run home against Carlos Carrasco is huge for the Tigers. Runs will be hard to come by in the late innings against the Tribe's stellar bullpen.

Top 6th: Indians 3, Tigers 1

Francisco Lindor doubled the the third base line to leadoff the inning, but Matt Boyd was able to settle in and get out of the inning by going through the meat of the Cleveland order.

Michael Brantley popped out into shallow left field, Juan Encarnacio flew out to center field (which moved Lindor to third), and after issuing an intentional walk to Jose Ramirez, Boyd got Kipnis to ground out to end the frame.

Bottom 5th: Indians 3, Tigers 1

Tyler Collins drew a leadoff walk, and he moved up to second base on a deep fly out to left field off the bat of Alex Avila. Cleveland challenged the play, claiming Collins came off the bag with the tag still applied, but replay couldn't verify the Indians' claims. Good thing, too, as Jim Aducci brought Collins home with a single through the middle of the diamond that cut the Tribe lead to 3-1.

Top 5th: Indians 3, Tigers 0

Abraham Almonte flew out to center field, Yan Gomes struck out swinging and Carlos Santana flew out to right field as Matt Boyd bounced back for the Tigers in the fifth inning.

Bottom 4th: Indians 3, Tigers 0

Miguel Cabrera notched an infield single deep in the hole at third base, and after Jose Ramirez made an errant throw to the bag, Cabrera was able to move up to second. Victor Martinez grounded out deep to shortstop, and Cabrera tried to sneak over to third, where he was initially called out after first baseman Carlos Santana fired across the diamond trying to get the double play. Upon review, Cabrera looked to be safe, but for whatever reason, the call on the field stood.

Justin Upton struck out looking to end the inning.

Top 4th: Indians 3, Tigers 0

Francisco Lindor notched an infield single for Cleveland's first hit of the night, and Michael Brantley singled to right field to put the Tribe in business for the first time against Matt Boyd. After Boyd struck out Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Ramires drove a ball to deep right center that fell just out of the reach of a diving Tyler Collins, giving Ramirez a two-RBI triple. Jason Kipnis scored Ramirez with a sacrifice fly to center field.

Bottom 3rd: Tigers 0, Indians 0

Jose Iglesias doubled down the third base line with one out. Ian Kinsler grounded into a fielder's choice, moving Iglesias up to third with two outs, and the Tigers weren't able to put anything on the board when Nick Castellanos flew out to center field.

Jim Aducci struck out swinging at a pitch in the dirt to leadoff the inning.

Top 3rd: Tigers 0, Indians 0

Yan Gomes, Cleveland's number nine hitter, was able to draw a two-out walk from Matt Boyd, but Boyd bounced back to get Carlos Santana to fly out to left field to end the inning.

Brandon Guyer popped out to second base, and Abraham Almonte flew out to center field to start the frame.

Bottom 2nd: Tigers 0, Indians 0

Justin Upton pulled a one-out single to left field against Carlos Carrasco, but Tyler Collins struck out and Alex Avila did the same to end the inning.

Victor Martinez grounded out to second to leadoff the inning.

Top 2nd: Tigers 0, Indians 0

Edwin Encarnacion grounded out to third, Jose Ramirez struck out swinging and Jason Kipnis grounded out to shortstop as Matt Boyd put together a second consecutive 1-2-3 inning to start the game.

Boyd has thrown just 18 pitches through two innings.

Bottom 1st: Tigers 0, Indians 0

Ian Kinsler grounded out back to the mound, Nick Castellanos lined out to shortstop and Miguel Cabrera grounded out to third as Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco got through the first inning on eight pitches.

Top 1st: Tigers 0, Indians 0

Carlos Santana grounded out to second, Francisco Lindor grounded out to third and Michael Brantley flew out to center field against Tigers starter Matt Boyd, who got through the inning on just six pitches.


First pitch: 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Comerica Park, Detroit

TV/radio: Fox Sports Detroit/97.1 FM

Records: Tigers and Indians are 14-12, tied for third place in the American League Central, half-game behind the White Sox.


1. Carlos Santana, 1B

2. Francisco Lindor, SS

3. Michael Brantley, LF

4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH

5. Jose Ramirez, 3B

6. Jason Kipnis, 2B

7. Brandon Guyer, RF

8. Abraham Almonte, CF

9. Yan Gomes, C

SP: Carlos Carrasco, RHP


1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Nick Castellanos, 3B

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. Justin Upton, LF

6. Tyler Collins, CF

7. Alex Avila, C

8. Jim Adduci, RF

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

SP: Matthew Boyd, LHP