CLEVELAND: The stars on the left side of the infield shined on Sunday and Edwin Encarnacion added an emphatic exclamation point to pull off a 12-2 win at Progressive Field and a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers.

The victory was the Indians’ seventh in a row, all within the division.

The Tigers (36-42), who used to pick on the Indians (43-33) like an older brother taunting his younger sibling, were outscored 26-3 in the series and never held a lead.

Francisco Lindor (3-for-5) belted a two-run homer off Tigers starter Matt Boyd (4-6) in the fourth inning, putting the Indians on top 6-2. It was his 19th homer of the season and third in as many days, the first time in his career he’s homered in three consecutive games.

Two innings later, Jose Ramirez (3-for-4) tied the major-league lead for home runs, belting his 23rd of the season, a solo shot off Tigers reliever Artie Lewicki.

Ramirez is tied with Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Boston Red Sox outfielder J.D. Martinez for the major-league lead. Lindor is tied for seventh.

“It’s unbelievable,” Edwin Encarnacion said of Ramirez’s power. “It’s been impressive, man. But I’m not surprised. He’s got a great swing, great compact swing. I’m not surprised at all.”

It was the third consecutive game the Indians scored at least three runs in the first two innings.

Along with Lindor and Ramirez, Michael Brantley went 3-for-5 with two RBI, Jason Kipnis went 2-for-3 with a home run, Rajai Davis was 2-for-2 with an RBI and Encarnacion capped the day and series with a monstrous grand slam, finishing his day 2-for-4 with that home run and five RBI.

The Tigers chose to walk the red-hot Ramirez to load the bases and take their chances with Encarnacion. They paid the price.

“When Edwin swings like that, it has to make them think twice,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Then when they pitch around somebody, you love to see it hurt the other team. And you can tell Edwin was really bearing down there. But those two [Lindor and Ramirez] play at such a high level every day. They bring it every day.”

With plenty of offensive support, Indians pitcher Adam Plutko (4-1) delivered a quality start, allowing two runs on six hits in six innings to go with four strikeouts.

“I don’t think he had his best stuff, nor his best command, and we made a couple of mistakes behind him, but he stayed out there for six innings and gave up two runs,” Francona said. “I thought he did a heck of a job.”

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