Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Tigers rally vs Andrew Miller for 9-8 win over Indians

Tigers rally vs Andrew Miller for 9-8 win over Indians

Niko Goodrum hit two homers and drove in five runs, carrying the host Detroit Tigers to a 6-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians Monday night.

Credit, too, a very taxed bullpen for finding a way to get the final six outs.

Tigers reliever Daniel Stumpf wriggled out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the eighth.

Still, there was nobody warming up. You just can't lay juice with him on the mound. And there was drama.

Atlanta's other home runs came from Tyler Flowers, a two-run shot in the third, and Jose Bautista, a two-run homer in the fifth. The Indians brought the tying run to the plate against Shane Greene, but Michael Brantley grounded out to end it.

Hicks had a leadoff single and drew a bases-loaded walk during a five-run uprising in the seventh inning. It started against reliever Dan Otero.

John Hicks got his second single of the game and scored on James McCann's second double of the game. A run came home on that play, and Francisco Lindor followed with a sacrifice fly.

"Really good pitchers - I mean, we're seeing some good ones - but our guys are just going out there and competing", Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. Jones and Pete Kozma ripped RBI doubles to tie the game.

Who saw that coming?

Giants starter Chris Stratton (4-3), who worked five innings, benefitted from the offensive assault.

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Tigers rally vs Andrew Miller for 9-8 win over Indians

He hasn't pitched since May 4, when he got a no-decision up five runs (four earned) and eight hits in seven innings against the New York Yankees. He appeared to land awkwardly on or near the bag as he was racing down to first base.

Especially after he struck out Gomes on three pitches for the second out.

Guyer hit a first-pitch fastball into the Tigers bullpen for his first career grand slam in the first inning off starter Francisco Liriano.

Reininger would create his own mess in the sixth inning. He faced six batters, giving up two doubles and three walks while getting one out.

The Indians' most notable injury is to center fielder Bradley Zimmer (chest), who has missed the last four games.

The inning wasn't over. Jose Ramirez hit a ground ball to first baseman Hicks.

It was ruled a double and the Tigers were in serious catch-up mode.

Nick Castellanos, in his first game back after missing two with a bruised pinky on his left hand, swatted his fourth home run of the season in the sixth inning. He hit a missile (101 miles per hour exit velocity) that Davis caught at the wall in left in the first inning.

UP NEXT: The teams finish a three-game series Wednesday afternoon with Cleveland's Trevor Bauer (2-3, 3.00) facing a Tigers pitcher to be named. Lefty Ryan Carpenter will be called up from Toledo to make his second spot start of the season.

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