Jonathab Schoop, Kerry Carpenter hit back-to-back homers as Detroit Tigers salvage doubleheader split at Cleveland on Monday
By BRIAN DULIK
CLEVELAND — Jonathan Schoop and rookie Kerry Carpenter hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning, and the Detroit Tigers rallied for a 7-5 win over the Cleveland Guardians in the second game of a doubleheader on Monday night, snapping an eight-game losing streak.
All-Star Andrés Giménez belted a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning of the opener, a 4-1 win for AL Central-leading Cleveland. Giménez added a two-run homer in the nightcap, finishing with four hits and five RBIs on the day.
The Guardians are 8-2 since Aug. 6 and lead the Twins and White Sox by two games in the division. Detroit, which fired general manager Al Avila last week, has lost 11 of its last 13 and is 3-14 since July 30.
“It’s really cool to be part of this win and I hope it continues,” Carpenter said.
Schoop gave the Tigers a 4-3 lead in the nightcap when he launched a changeup from Eli Morgan (4-3) over the wall in left. Detroit had trailed 3-1 after four innings.
Carpenter followed with his first homer in the majors, giving him 31 on the season between Detroit, Triple-A Toledo and Double-A Erie. He went 3 for 4 with three runs scored.
“The home run definitely loosened me up a little bit,” Carpenter said. “It was key. The celebration in the clubhouse afterward got a little crazy, but it was worth it because we got the win.”
Tucker Barnhart and Victor Reyes each had three hits and drove in two runs for the Tigers, who totaled 15 hits against five pitchers.
Detroit starter Bryan Garcia (1-0) surrendered three runs in six innings, including homers to Giménez and Luke Maile. Gregory Soto allowed one run in the ninth but picked up his 21st save.
“The first homer to Giménez was not a pitch I feel very bad about,” Garcia said. “It was a changeup down and he went and got it.”
The doubleheader was caused by the postponement of a July 17 game because of rain.
The Guardians have played an MLB-high 10 doubleheaders, their most in a season since 1985. Detroit has the second-most twinbills with eight.
Tigers: OF Austin Meadows (bilateral Achilles strain) will play back-to-back games for Triple-A Toledo and could be activated this weekend. Meadows, who has been on the injured list since June 17, batted .188 in his first four games with the Mud Hens.