Itís safe to say the Tigers havenít just lost their lure over the Indians, the script has been flipped.
The Indians beat the Tigers 9-3 and bludgeoned Justin Verlander on Sunday, hitting four home runs off him in one inning. It was the Indiansí ninth straight win and it improved their record against the Tigers the season to a perfect 9-0 and 6-0 at Comerica Park.
All of that against the same club that has played a major role in the Indians falling short of their own expectations the last couple seasons, with names like Miguel Cabrera and Verlander, who have been among the biggest nemesis for Cleveland baseball.
In those nine games, the Indians have out-scored the Tigers 60-20.
Verlander had only given up four home runs in a game once in his career, against the Indians in 2007. On Sunday, the Indians turned a 2-2 tie into an 8-2 game with a six-run fifth that included four home runs in the inning.
Juan Uribe and Tyler Naquin started the rally with back-to-back home runs to open the inning, the second time in a week the Indians have hit back-to-back home runs. Later, with Francisco Lindor on first after a single, Mike Napoli lined a two-run shot to left field, his 16th home run of the season. Jose Ramirez followed with a single, and Lonnie Chisenhall (4-for-4, home run, triple, three RBI) clubbed another two-run home run, this one to right field.
It was the third time in franchise history the Indians hit four home runs in a single inning (July 31, 1963 and July 16, 2004).
It was also nearly the fourth complete game for an Indians starting pitcher in less than a week. After Carrasco went the distance on Saturday and Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer each tossed complete games against Tampa Bay, Josh Tomlin on Sunday threw eight innings, allowed three runs on six hits and a walk and struck out three.