DETROIT (AP) - Brad Ausmus and the Detroit Tigers are already showing signs of frustration.
Hoping to rebound from a last-place finish in 2015, Detroit started 6-2 this season. But Anibal Sanchez struggled again Saturday and the Tigers lost to Cleveland 10-1, leaving them with an 8-8 record and a three-game losing streak.
Ausmus kept the clubhouse closed for nearly 30 minutes after the game. The manager would only describe it as a “discussion.”
“We’re trying to fix things and help guys get better,” Ausmus said. “We’re in here working to win games.”
Victor Martinez, one of the team’s clubhouse leaders, wasn’t talking about what happened after the game, but acknowledged the team isn’t doing well.
“We’re just not playing well as a team,” he said.
Detroit’s only run came on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s fifth-inning homer, but by that point it was 8-1 and Corey Kluber was cruising.
The Indians scored three runs in the first, added five more in the third, and Kluber (1-3) responded with eight impressive innings. He struck out 10 and gave up two hits.
This was his fifth game with at least 10 strikeouts and zero walks since the start of the 2014 season - only Clayton Kershaw (8) and Max Scherzer (6) have more.
Yan Gomes came in hitting .143 with one RBI and no extra-base hits in his last eight games. He singled home a run in the first, hit a three-run homer in the third and added an RBI double in the seventh. It was his second career five-RBI game.
“It felt great to actually help the team for a change,” Gomes said. “I felt it coming yesterday, but I didn’t get any pitches I could drive. Today, I had a couple and hit them hard.”
Sanchez (2-2) had trouble for the second straight start, allowing seven runs while only getting seven outs. In his last two starts, he has allowed 12 runs on 17 hits in 7 1/3 innings.
“I don’t really know what is going on,” said Sanchez, who had the worst season of his career in 2015 before being shut down with shoulder problems. “I feel good. I feel healthy. I wish I had an answer.”
The Tigers fell behind early yet again, as Sanchez gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in a 32-pitch first inning.
“He certainly didn’t have a good outing, but the first inning wasn’t that bad,” Ausmus said. “The two big hits were a bloop single and a fifteen-hopper up the middle.”
The Indians hit for the cycle in the five-run third inning, chasing Sanchez.
Tigers: OF Cameron Maybin (broken wrist) was scheduled to resume his rehab stint Saturday with Triple-A Toledo. He was hitting .216 in 10 games between Single-A Lakeland and Toledo when he was hit by a pitch on his bad wrist.
In the seventh inning, Miguel Cabrera hit a hard grounder to short that MLB StatCast measured at 107 mph. Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor fielded the short hop, but was knocked over backward. He scrambled to his feet and threw Cabrera out before breaking out into relieved laughter.
The teams finish a three-game series on Sunday afternoon with Detroit’s Shane Greene (1-1, 7.15 ERA) facing Carlos Carrasco (2-0, 2.79). History would point to a high-scoring game, as Greene has a 9.00 ERA in two starts against Cleveland while Carrasco is 4-6 with a 6.29 ERA in 15 games (10 starts) against the Tigers.
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