CLEVELAND (AP) – Franmil Reyes homered twice and Zach Plesac threw seven dominant innings after getting an early lead to give the Cleveland Indians a 4-1 victory on Friday-evening over the Detroit Tigers, who scratched starter Julio Tehran just before the first pitch.
Reyes hit a two-run homer in the first off emergency starter Derek Holland (0-1) and added a 446-foot solo recording in the sixth to make it 4-0.
Plesac (1-1) threw a scoreless ball, gave up only three basehits and improved to 3-1 in five career starts against the Tigers. He gave up three earned runs in 30 2/3 innings to Detroit.
The Tigers avoided a shutout when Wilson Ramos homered off Bryan Shaw in the eighth.
Emmanuel Clase worked the ninth for his first save at Cleveland and the second in his career. He got one with Texas in 2019.
Detroit was forced to make the pitching change before the game after Tehran complained of tightness in his right triceps while warming up. The righthanded man defeated the Indians in his debut for the Tigers last week, giving up one run and four hits in five innings.
But when he felt uncomfortable warming up in the Progressive Field bullpen, the team didn't take any chances.
It was the first road race for freshman Tigers manager A.J. Hinch after Detroit played their first six at Comerica Park.
Reyes' 409-foot liner in the left field bleachers gave the Indians a 3-0 lead in the first, which began with the announcement that Tehran would not pitch.
Holland, which made five starts for Pittsburgh last season, gave up a few singles and a fielder's choice RBI to Eddie Rosario before Reyes hit his second homer to give Plesac a welcome three-run kiss.
In the sixth, Reyes tore a 2-2 pitch from Fulmer over the center wall and into some still-blooming trees in Heritage Park.
Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera hit 0 for 4.
He entered the series with one hit shy to tie Jesse Burkett (2,870) for 46th place in MLB history, and four hits behind Babe Ruth (2,873) for 45th place.
Rookie Akil Baddoo didn't add a new chapter to the beginning of his storybook and went 0 for 2 with a walk.
Detroit & # 39; s 22-year old rookie homered on the first pitch in his first Major League at bat and hit a grand slam in his second game. On Thursday, he came in pinch-runner in the eighth and delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 10th.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Baddoo is the first player since 1900 to start his career with multiple homers, including a grand slam, in his first three games.
Clase threw nine pitches over 100 mph in his performance against Kansas City on Wednesday. In only two games, the righthanded had already thrown more triple-digit pitches (18) than all Cleveland-pitchers combined since 2008.
Indians manager Terry Francona believes there are numerous reasons why pitchers pitch harder than in the past, and one of them is that today's pitch is recorded when the ball leaves the pitcher's hand.
“I don't want to be the old man who says 'They don't throw like when I (played)', & # 39; & # 39; he said.“ I'd be willing to go on a limb and say that if Nolan Ryan pitched today, he would be one of the most difficult pitchers. He would take your breath away. Literally. "
Francona faced the Hall of Famer 42 times in his career.
"I don't think that was in his speech," Francona joked without mentioning that he was hitting .225 (9 of 40) against Ryan.
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Tigers: Pitching coach Chris Fetter rejoined the team after testing positive for COVID-19. Hinch said Fetter took some playful ribbing from players on the trip to Cleveland, but added that everyone is happy to have him back.
Indians RHP Aaron Civale (1-0) starts against Tarik Skubal (0-0) for the second time in a week. Civale gave up only two basehits in seven innings in defeating Detroit on April 4. Skubal pitched in the sixth and took off with a lead, but Cleveland scored seven runs off Tigers relievers.