CLEVELAND – Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez and Rick Porcello continue to deliver for the Detroit Tigers.
Against the Cleveland Indians, Victor Martinez hit a two-run home run to break a scoreless tie in the fourth inning. After Victor Martinez was intentionally walked with one on and two out in the eighth, J.D. Martinez hit a three-run home run to give the Tigers a 5-0 lead.
The Indians came back to score four runs in the eighth inning off left-handed reliever Ian Krol.
The Tigers went on to beat the Indians, 6-4, on Friday night at Progressive Field.
Rajai Davis led off the ninth with a double and scored on a two-out double by Ian Kinsler to give the Tigers a two-run cushion.
Porcello pitched six scoreless innings for the Tigers to earn his 9th win of the season. Porcello allowed six hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
He was 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA in four starts against the Indians last season and improved to 9-3 in 20 career starts against them after Friday's win. He hasn't lost to the Indians since Sept. 4, 2012.
Victor Martinez jumped on the first pitch from right-handed pitcher Corey Kluber in the fourth. It was a no-doubt home run, traveling an estimated 393 feet to right.
Martinez is now 8-for-17 (.471) lifetime against Kluber with two home runs.
J.D. Martinez hit a single to right in the second to extend his hitting streak to a career-long 10 games. He added a two-out double in the sixth and then his seventh home run of the season in the eighth.
J.D. Martinez is hitting 17-for-38 (.447) with five doubles and four home runs and 11 RBIs during his 10-game hitting streak.
The Indians scored four runs in the 8th to close to within a run. Left-hander Ian Krol gave up a pair of singles and then a three-run home run to Asdrubal Cabrera. With one out, Krol, gave up a solo home run to Carlos Santana.
Right-handed pitcher Corey Kluber allowed eight hits with one walk and two earned runs over seven innings with eight strikeouts for the Indians.
Joe Nathan came in to pitch the ninth for the Tigers. David Murphy grounded out and Nathan struck out
Yan Gomes before pinch-hitter Michael Brantley hit a bloop single to center. With a full count, Michael Bourn struck out swinging to end the game.
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