PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians beat Tigers on Mike Napoli homer
Mike Napoli hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh to help the Indians beat the Tigers, 5-3, in front of a sellout crowd of 34,163 at Progressive Field on Monday night/Tuesday morning.
With their 10th straight win over the Tigers to start the season, the Indians now lead the AL Central by 6.5 games. The Tribe also is only one game behind the Texas Rangers for best record in the American League.
Cleveland has already clinched the season series against Detroit, and the club’s current 12-game home winning streak is the longest by any American League team since Cleveland won 14 straight games at Progressive Field April 3-May 10, 2011.
Carlos Santana drove in Napoli in the second with an RBI single, and Francisco Lindor followed with two sacrifice flies. Steven Moya homered for the Tigers in the fifth, and Nick Castellanos followed with a two-run shot in the sixth.
Danny Salazar got a no-decision, allowing three runs in 5.2 innings while striking out six. His AL-best ERA climbed to 2.36.
Napoli is second on the team in homers, behind Carlos Santana’s 18. Napoli hit 18 homers in 2015 and 17 in 2014, in nearly double the amount of games. Twelve of his homers this year have come at Progressive Field.