DETROIT (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Jason Kipnis and the Indians scored three runs in the ninth when closer Joe Nathan loaded the bases and Carlos Santana cleared them with a three-run double to right-centerfield.
The Indians swept the doubleheader, beating the Tigers in the Saturday nightcap, 5-2.
The Tigers scored 16 runs in a win in Kansas City a week ago Thursday. In the five games between then and Saturday's nightcap against Cleveland, they had scored a total of 14 runs.
Runs were a challenge again in that nightcap when Kipnis, who slammed the door on Friday night, opened it.
With the Tigers down a run, Eugenio Suarez hit what looked like an inning-ending double-play ball to short in the seventh. But Kipnis, the Indians second baseman, couldn't get the throw off right away, and Suarez beat his delayed peg. Austin Jackson, continuing his revival in the leadoff spot, laced a triple up the gap in right-center to tie the score.
As the play ended, Kipnis stood bent over for several seconds in short rightfield, hands on his knees. That was a bit different than he felt in the seventh inning the night before, when his tie-breaking three-run homer wrecked the Tigers. The score was 2-2 to start the ninth.
Cleveland took the 2-1 lead to the seventh on a pair of bases-empty homers by No. 9 hitter Chris Dickerson off Max Scherzer. Dickerson hadn't homered in the big leagues since his walk-off homer for Baltimore off Jose Valverde last May 31 denied Scherzer a win.
Scherzer lacked control and had labored to the 112-pitch mark when Dickerson batted with two out in the sixth, the bases empty and the score 1-1. He couldn't quite get past this hurdle, and Dickerson became the first player since Minnesota's Justin Morneau in 2011 to hit two homers off him in the same game.