Brian Dulik Associated Press Published 11:01 PM EDT Jul 17, 2019 CLEVELAND — Mike Clevinger matched his career high with 12 strikeouts in six innings, Oscar Mercado drove in two runs and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2 on Wednesday night. Clevinger (3-2) struck out the side in the first two innings and had nine strikeouts through four — one against each batter in Detroit’s lineup. The right-hander was lifted after 100 pitches and allowing one run on six hits in his third double-digit strikeout performance of the season. Mercado, who leads AL rookies with a .286 batting average, gave Cleveland a 2-0 lead in the third with a double that scored Mike Freeman and Tyler Naquin. Nicholas Castellanos scored on an RBI single by Jeimer Candelario to pull Detroit within 2-1 in the sixth. [ Tigers midseason prospect rankings: Projecting their arrivals ] José Ramírez doubled to lead off the seventh inning, chasing Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull (3-9). With two out, Freeman beat out a bunt single and Ramírez, who had stolen third, scored to make it 3-1 Cleveland. After Castellanos hit a solo homer in the top of the eighth, the Indians broke the game open with four… Read full this story
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