DETROIT: Francisco Lindor’s list of accomplishments in his roughly one full season in the major leagues is extensive. On Saturday, he added to it.
Lindor belted two home runs, his first career multi-homer game, Carlos Carrasco pitched a complete-game shutout and the Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-0 at Comerica Park. It is the eighth consecutive win for the Indians, who also improved to 8-0 against the Tigers this season.
Lindor took Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez deep in the first inning, the second home run of the inning after Carlos Santana hit his team-leading 16th homer to lead off the game. In the eighth, Lindor added his second homer, another solo shot off Tigers reliever Mark Lowe and not far from where the first one landed down the right-field line.
Lindor has 10 home runs this season, behind only Santana and Mike Napoli (15).
“I don’t think I even did that in the minor leagues,” Lindor said. “It’s cool because we didn’t even need my home run. We had Santana’s and that would have won the game the way Carrasco pitched.”
After going ahead 2-0 in the first on two home runs, the Indians pushed their lead to 3-0 in the second on an RBI single by Rajai Davis. In the third, the Indians loaded the bases and made it 4-0 on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Jose Ramirez.
Yan Gomes, back in the lineup after having a cyst drained on his lower back, added a solo home run in the ninth, his eighth of the season.
For Carrasco, it was his best start of the season, a sure-fire sign that he’s back to his normal self and a fitting ballpark to put his formerly strained left hamstring — which he injured at Comerica Park — behind him.
“Really, no, I remember that on April 24 when I got hurt in here,” Carrasco said when asked if he thought about his previous injury. “I was just trying to get my work done, trying not to remember anything. Sometimes we are human beings and we start to think about that. Today, I just went over there just trying to do all my bullpen and get ready for my game and that’s what I did.”
Carrasco allowed four hits, walked one and struck out seven to pitch the seventh complete game and third shutout of his career. It also was the Indians’ third complete game in the eight-game winning streak, following Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Second baseman Jason Kipnis left the game in the seventh inning. He was replaced by Michael Martinez.
“He’s just a little under the weather, whether it’s a little bit of a bug or dehydrated,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “His whole body was getting stiff, so we got him out of there.”
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