DETROIT — Jose Alvarez
struck out seven batters in his major league debut and the Cleveland offense mustered just one run as the Detroit Tigers beat the Indians 4-1.
The Indians have now lost 7 games in a row, their longest losing streak of the season. They trail the Tigers by five and a half games in the American League Central and are two games below .500.
Detroit threatened to take a big lead in the bottom of the second. After allowing a leadoff single to Prince Fielder
walked the next two hitters to load the bases with no outs. Alex Avila
followed with a sacrifice fly to center, but the Tigers failed to add any more runs in the inning.
Masterson settled down for the next few innings before running into the heart of the Detroit lineup in the sixth. After walking Miguel Cabrera
to open the inning, Fielder singled to put runners on first and second. After a pop out, Don Kelly
hit a three-run homer, his third of the season, to put the Tigers up 4-1.
Masterson (8-5, 3.68) struggled to keep runners off base, allowing four earned runs on six hits and three walks. He struck out four.
Alvarez (1-0, 1.50) was super-effective in his major league debut, giving up just three hits and one run. He did not allow a hit in his first four and two-thirds innings of work.
The only Cleveland run came off the bat of former Tiger Ryan Raburn
. With two outs in the fifth inning, Raburn hit a solo homer to left, his second of the series and seventh of the season. The homer broke up Alvarez’s no hit bid.
The Indians finished 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded six runners. Carlos Santana
had two doubles, but failed to score.
The Indians will travel to Texas to start a three-game series with the Rangers on Monday. Game one will be played at 7:05 p.m. as Scott Kazmir (3-3, 5.24) takes the mound against Josh Lindblom (0-1, 7.71).
Notes: Cleveland now has 11 road losses in a row for the first time since 1991.