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J.D. Martinez's blast in 9th lifts Tigers over Indians

CLEVELAND -- J.D. Martinez hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning as the Tigers beat the Indians, 4-2, Tuesday night.

Indians closer Cody Allen entered the ninth, just two days after blowing a save against the Royals on Sunday. Torii Hunter drew a leadoff walk and Miguel Cabrera singled up the middle.

After Victor Martinez flied out, J.D. Martinez stepped in to continue his big year with Detroit. The breakout season with the Tigers began on May 19 when he homered off Allen.

J.D. Martinez now has 19 home runs this season, but none bigger than Tuesday's.

In his 144 starts in the minors, left-hander Kyle Lobstein only once reached double figures in strikeouts. That came in his first pro season, in 2009, when he struck out 10 while in the Tampa Bay system.

In his first big-league start, Lobstein didn't strike out anyone against the Yankees last Thursday.

On Tuesday night, in his second big-league start, Lobstein equaled his professional career high by striking out 10. In his 5 1/3 innings, the only two runs he allowed to the Indians came on cleanup man Carlos Santana's 23rd homer, a two-out opposite-field drive in the first on an 0-2 pitch.

But Lobstein was in line for the loss because the Tigers were turning in a confounding low-scoring the day after they scored 12 runs to take over the AL lead in runs. Despite having 13 hits, the Tigers trailed, 2-1, entering the ninth. The 13th hit came when Rajai Davis beat out a grounder to second with one out in the eighth; on the next pitch, he was caught stealing.

Five times in the first five innings, the Tigers had an at-bat with the potential tying run at third and fewer than two out. All five times, the hitter struck out against right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

Through seven innings, the Tigers had one run with a quartet of "12s": 12 hits, 12 strikeouts, 12 left on base and 12 outs with runners in scoring positon (2-for-14 in that department).

In Carrasco's four previous starts since he rejoined the rotation, he had allowed 19 hits in 29 2/3 innings. The Tigers got to him for 10 hits in his 5 1/3 innings. But their only run against him came on Alex Avila's none-out bases-loaded walk in the second.

Miguel Cabrera manned the DH spot for the second straight game since he sat out Sunday with his sore right ankle. In his first four times up, Cabrera had a single, a double and two strikeouts.

Avila departed the game in the sixth. He couldn't continue behind the plate after he took a foul tip to the head with two out in the sixth. There wasn't any immediate announcement on his condition.

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