Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Players may be coming and going for the Indians, but the losing just keeps on going.
Friday night in Comerica Park in Detroit the Tigers, who were 2-7 vs the Indians to date this season, took out a little frustration on the Tribe, pounding them and pitcher Justin Masterson 10-2.
For the Indians, it’s their 7th straight loss, they haven’t won a game since their thrilling 5-3 win over Justin Verlander and the Tigers back in July 26th at Progressive Field.
Now at 50-56, the team is a season high six games under .500, while the Tigers are now 56-50 on the season.
Since that win against the Tigers on July 26th, the Tribe has been outscored 58 to 19, an average loss of 8.2 to 2.7 per game. Again Friday night the tempo was set by the starting pitching, and it wasn’t good.
Masterson, who was the subject of trade rumors earlier this week around the deadline, allowed 7 runs on 10 hits in four innings. He falls to 7-10 on the season, and his ERA now sits at 4.78.
He also walked four and struck out four in the loss.
The Tigers offense slammed Masterson as well as the Indians soft bullpen, with Jeremy Accardo allowing three runs on six hits over two innings after Masterson was pulled.
About the only bright spot in the pen was the pitching of Cody Allen, who with the game out of hand went two shutout innings, walking one and striking out three.
For a Tigers offense that had 16 hits, they were paced by big boppers Price Fielder and Miguel Cabrera, who each had three hits.
The Tigers returned home after a 3-6 trip and immediately snapped out of their funk. Fielder’s double in the third inning went off the wall in right-center and gave Detroit a 3-1 lead. The Tigers broke the game open with four runs in the fourth.
Quintin Berry hit an RBI double with two outs, Cabrera drove Berry home with a single to make it 5-1, and Fielder followed with a two-run homer to right, his 18th of the season.
Andy Dirks and Alex Avila hit RBI singles in the sixth for Detroit.
The reeling Indians have shaken things up this week, cutting right-hander Derek Lowe and then today cutting ties with OF Johnny Damon.
Ezequiel Carrera, who was called up to replace Damon, had a rough night in left field. In the second, he misplayed Avila’s line drive into an RBI double. Carrera appeared to be fighting the glare — with his sunglasses still flipped up.
Cleveland tied it with an unearned run in the third, but Detroit quickly pulled away after that.
Sanchez allowed five runs in six innings in his Tigers debut a week earlier at Toronto, but he looked comfortable at Comerica Park, especially after Detroit took a big lead. Sanchez allowed eight hits, walked two and struck out five.
In his last two starts, Masterson has allowed 15 earned runs and 17 hits in 9 2-3 innings.
Detroit outfielder Andy Dirks was activated from the disabled list before the game. He had been out since May 31 with right Achilles tendinitis. He had two hits and a walk on Friday.
For the Indians, it’s the first time since June 2010 they have lost 7 in a row.
The Associated Press contributed to this story