- Associated Press - Monday, September 1, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - David Price would like to forget everything about Aug. 27, maybe the ugliest game of his career.

He erased some it from his memory.

Price bounced back from an alarming start and Miguel Cabrera homered twice, hitting one of Detroit’s three homers off Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, as the Tigers rolled to a 12-1 win on Monday to slow the Indians’ climb in the standings.

Price (13-10) gave up one run and eight hits in seven innings, more of a typical performance by the left-hander than what happened last week when he allowed nine consecutive hits to New York in one inning and eight runs over two.

Price called it “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.

“It felt a lot better than five days ago,” Price said. “That left a bad taste in my mouth.”

Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Kluber (13-9) and Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez connected for consecutive shots in the third off Cleveland’s ace. Cabrera, who has been slowed by a sore right ankle, homered again in the eighth off rookie Bryan Price.

“He’s not running real good, but I’m not sure it matters when you’re jogging,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Cabrera. “His bat’s not broken.”

Rookie Tyler Collins hit his first major league homer, a three-run shot in the ninth, as the Tigers pounded out a season-high 20 hits.

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. Price never let them wake up, improving to 2-2 since joining the Tigers, who acquired him on July 31 and plugged him into their stable of strong starters.

Price stuck to his schedule since the debacle against the Yankees.

“I try to stay on an even keel,” he said. “I’m huge on routines. I didn’t do anything and it paid off for me.”

Cabrera gave the Tigers a 2-0 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.

One out later, Cabrera drilled his homer over the left-field wall.

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