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Tigers strike out 15 times in 4-2 loss to Indians

Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press on

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers on Saturday celebrated Fiesta Tigres, their annual salute to Latino baseball players.

But it felt a lot more like Siesta Tigres -- as in sleepy bats.

Yes, the lumber slumbered most of the drizzly night at Comerica Park in the Tigers' 4-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians. And it was Tribe right-hander Shane Bieber who played the role of the Sandman with a dominant 12-strikeout performance. The Tigers (25-42) struck out 15 times total.

Bieber's slider was dominant and the Tigers didn't collect their first hit until Miguel Cabrera's line drive single up the middle in the fifth. Cabrera also hit a single in the seventh and a double in the ninth. He went 3 for 4 and passed Al Oliver to take 57th place on the all-time hits list with 2,744.

Bieber (6-2) lasted 7 2/3 innings and threw 105 pitches. By the eighth inning, his effectiveness was dwindling and the Tigers tagged him for two runs when his 85-mph slider didn't slide and Brandon Dixon smacked it to left field for a two-run single.

That cut the Indians' lead to 3-2.

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Down 4-2, Niko Goodrum managed a two-out double in the eighth, but Christin Stewart struck out swinging. The Tigers lost their third straight and dropped their fourth in five games.

The Tigers brought the tying run the plate in the ninth with Cabrera standing on second with two outs. But JaCoby Jones ended it fittingly enough when Brand Hand struck him out on a slider.

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected in the sixth inning, then kicked dirt on home plate. It's his fifth ejection of the season and 82nd of his career.

The Tigers' pitching wasn't nearly as good as Bieber. But call-up starter Gregory Soto and reliever Nick Ramirez combined for seven strong innings to finally give the bullpen some rest.

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