Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Carrasco tossed eight solid innings to help the Cleveland Indians salvage the finale of a three-game set against the Detroit Tigers, 8-2, Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field.
Carrasco (9-6) allowed two runs on five hits, striking out seven and walking just one for the Indians, who won for just the second time in six games.
"He had a real good breaking ball right from the beginning and he threw it for strikes, and he threw it a lot," Indians manager Terry Francona said.
Francisco Lindor added his first career homer and drove in two runs for Cleveland, which ended an eight-game homestand 3-5. Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes also drove in a pair of runs each for the Tribe, who scored more than five runs for the first time since beating the Cubs 6-0 on June 16.
Cleveland's Jason Kipnis ended 1-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 19 straight games.
J.D. Martinez homered to account for the Detroit runs, as the Tigers had a three-game win streak halted.
"Guys were having trouble differentiating between the slider and the fastball," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of Carrasco.
The Tribe got to Detroit spot-starter Buck Farmer for three runs in the third inning. Michael Brantley singled home Kipnis with first run of the frame and later scored with David Murphy on Santana's double.
Farmer was recalled from Triple-A Toledo before the game. Justin Verlander was supposed to start but was scratched on Tuesday with back stiffness.
Lindor added a homer in the fifth inning off Farmer to make it 4-0, and his bases-loaded walk in the sixth inning extended the lead to five runs.
Farmer (0-2) was forced from the game in the sixth. He was charged with five runs, despite reliever Tom Gorzelanny issuing the free pass to Lindor, on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings. He also struck out seven and walked two.
Martinez got the Tigers on the board in the seventh with a two-run homer, but the Tribe answered in the home half of the frame when Gomes came through with a two-run single.
Cleveland's Ryan Raburn added a pinch-hit RBI double in the eighth for an 8-2 cushion.
The Tribe pounded out 13 hits.
Cody Allen tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for Cleveland to preserve the win.
Kipnis' hitting streak is now the longest by an AL player this season, surpassing Toronto's Chris Colabello's 18-game streak that ended June 8, and is tied for the best in the majors this season. Washington's Wilson Ramos hit safely in 19 games April 24-May 19 ... Kipnis' streak is also the longest by an Indian since Brantley hit in 22 straight games May 20-June 15, 2012 ... Detroit ended the road trip with a 3-4 mark ... To make room for Farmer, the Tigers optioned left-hander Ian Krol to Triple-A Toledo.