CLEVELAND — Before the game, manager AJ Hinch, still fighting off an illness, his voice still weakened, would not accept any offering of sympathy — for him or his scuffling, injury-wracked baseball team.
"We have to take all the bad mojo, the bad luck and bad vibes and get it out of the way and just try to beat the Guardians today," he said. "It is frustrating and it's easy to pile on and take it like we're a victim.
"We're not going to do that."
The Tigers played more like survivors than victims Sunday, snapping a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field.
Rookie right-hander Alex Faedo survived a shaky, 29-pitch first inning and limited the Guardians to just two runs in 5.1 innings.
Faedo had already yielded an RBI single to Owen Miller in the first when he walked the dangerous Josh Naylor with one out to load the bases. But he did not flinch.
He struck out Franmil Reyes waving at three straight sliders out of the strike zone and then got Andres Gimenez to line out to left.
The only other damage against Faedo came in the fourth when Naylor unloaded on a 3-1 fastball and hit it 416 feet into the bullpen area in right-center.
He got some defensive help, too.
Daz Cameron, getting the start in center field, turned what appeared to be a game-flipping two-run home run by Amed Rosario in the fifth inning into an 8-4-3 double-play. Cameron made a perfectly-timed leap at the wall in right-center field and brought the ball back.