- Associated Press - Monday, September 1, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - Corey Kluber was short and succinct. He pitched the same way.

Kluber gave up a two-run homer to Miguel Cabrera in the first inning and allowed back-to-back shots to Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez in the third Monday before getting pulled as the Indians were roughed up 12-1 by the Detroit Tigers, who pounded out a season-high 20 hits in winning the series opener.

With the Tigers leading 5-1, Indians manager Terry Francona took the ball from Kluber (13-9), who lost his third start in a row after going 6-0 over eight starts.

Normally stoic, but usually obliging with reporters, Kluber didn’t feel the need to explain his outing.

“I feel fine,” he said.

Asked why if he’s had problems with Cabrera and Martinez, Kluber was blunt.

“They’re good hitters,” he said, “and if you make mistakes to them they usually take advantage of it.”

Kluber’s interview session lasted barely one minute. His start was equally brief.

He allowed seven hits and five runs in 2 2-3 innings, his shortest outing this season and his streak of allowing four earned runs or fewer ended at 27 games.

David Price (13-10) bounced back from an alarming start as the Tigers slowed the Indians’ climb in the standings.

Price gave up one run and eight hits in seven innings. The left-hander was coming off a troubling loss to New York in which he allowed nine consecutive hits in one inning and eight runs over two. Price called the Aug. 27 performance “probably the worst game I’ve ever had in my life.”

But he was more like himself against the sleepy Indians, who had won six of seven to get within 3½ games of first in the AL Central.

“He’s a little bit different than he used to be in that he can now sink his fastball,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He’s been pitching for a while now and he knows what he’s doing. We had hits, but it’s hard. He’s really good.”

The Indians didn’t arrive home until 3:15 a.m. after their Sunday night game in Kansas City was suspended in the 10th inning because of storms. The Tigers tried to put them to sleep early.

Cabrera gave Detroit a quick 2-0 lead with his 18th homer - and first since Aug. 2. Ian Kinsler led off with a soft liner down the right-field line that outfielder Mike Aviles missed with a poorly timed dive, playing what should have been a single into a triple and slamming his face in the grass.

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