Detroit Tigers take advantage of Kerry Carpenter homer, close calls by umpires to get 4-3 win at Cleveland
By STEVE HERRICK
CLEVELAND — Rookie Kerry Carpenter homered for the second straight night and the Detroit Tigers survived a wild ninth inning to defeat the Cleveland Guardians 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Cleveland manager Terry Francona was ejected for arguing after the umpires ruled Myles Straw struck out with the tying run on third for the second out of the inning.
Plate umpire Lance Barksdale originally ruled Straw fouled off a 2-2 pitch from Tigers All-Star closer Gregory Soto. The four umpires had a meeting and ruled Straw swung and missed for strike three.
Francona stormed out of the dugout and angrily argued the call with Barksdale.
Francona and Straw were ejected.
Detroit has won two of three against the AL Central leaders, snapping an eight-game losing streak by winning the second game of Monday’s doubleheader when Carpenter hit his first major league home run.
Detroit manager A.J. Hinch’s successful challenge helped Detroit score three times in the first.
Garrett Hill (3-3) held Cleveland in check over five innings after allowing a run in the first.