Lefty Matt Boyd allowed one run on seven hits over six innings to help the Detroit Tigers win their first series in Cleveland since 2015, earning a 4-1 victory over the Indians on Sunday at Progressive Field.
Boyd allowed multiple baserunners in the second inning, third and sixth innings. He came out unscathed the first two times, but allowed one run in the sixth.
Alex Avila hit a two-run home run in the second inning and Miguel Cabrera added an RBI single in the eighth, before leaving the game with lower back tightness.
The Tigers took the series, 2-1. The Tigers had lost each of their past four series at Progressive Field but won for the first time since taking two of three in a series in June 2015.
The Tigers were 4-14 overall against the Indians last season.
Boyd had runners on first and second with two outs in the second inning before ex-Tiger Austin Jackson flied out to center.
Boyd also had runners on first and second with two outs in the third inning before Edwin Encarnacion struck out.
Boyd gave up back-to-back singles to Michael Brantley and Encarnacion in the sixth inning. The Indians then used a double steal to put runners on second and third with one out with Jose Ramirez batting. Ramirez hit two home runs and drove in a career-high six RBIs in Saturday’s 13-6 win over the Tigers.
Ramirez hit a sac fly to left to bring home Brantley, cutting the Tigers’ lead to 2-1. Boyd got Brandon Guyer to strike out swinging at a slider.
Alex Wilson pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning for the Tigers. He got the out after a comebacker deflected off his arm and hit him in the head. Wilson then struck out Austin Jackson and Yan Gomes.
Justin Wilson struck out two batters in the eighth for the Tigers.
Closer Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth against the middle of the order. He gave up one hit and earned his fifth save.
Encarnacion struck out swinging at a curveball. Ramirez followed with a double to left. Lonnie Chisenhall pinch hit for Guyer and flied to center. Yandy Diaz ended the game when he flied to center.
Tyler Collins extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single in the second inning. Avila followed with a 416-foot blast to centerfield, his second home run of the season. Avila also hit a home run in Friday’s 7-6 win over the Indians.
Avila has extra-base hits in four of the five games he has played this season. He had doubles in his first two games and has hit home runs in his past two games.
Nick Castellanos led off the eighth with a double to center. Cabrera followed with an RBI single to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead.
Cabrera came out of the game after talking to Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and head athletic trainer Kevin Rand and was replaced by JaCoby Jones, who wound up scoring from third on a wild pitch to give the Tigers a three-run cushion.
A double in the third inning gave Jose Iglesias a stretch of eight hits over a span of 13 at-bats.
Right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco allowed two runs on four hits over 6 2/3 innings for the Indians. He gave up five walks and struck out five.