DETROIT (AP) — Franmil Reyes homered and drove in three, and the Cleveland Indians beat Detroit for a club-record 18th consecutive time, topping the Tigers 10-5 on Friday night.
The Indians’ previous longest winning streak against one opponent was a 17-game run against the Baltimore Orioles in 1954.
Aaron Civale (2-2) improved to 3-0 in four career starts against the Tigers, allowing four runs, eight hits and a walk in six innings.
Ivan Nova (1-1) allowed eight runs, five hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings for Detroit.
The Indians took a 2-0 lead in the second on Reyes’ drive over the Indians bullpen and onto the second level of shrubs behind the left-center field fence. The homer was estimated at 462 feet.
Willi Castro’s sacrifice fly made it 2-1 in the bottom of the inning, and Detroit went ahead on Niko Goodrum’s two-run homer in the third. Victor Reyes followed with a triple, but Civale retired the next three batters to get out of the inning.
Cleveland took an 8-3 lead with six runs in the fourth, including five before Nova could get an out. Francisco Lindor singled, Carlos Santana walked and Reyes tied it with a single. After a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third, Santana beat first baseman Jeimer Candelario’s throw to the plate on a ground ball.
Domingo Santana hit Nova’s next pitch for a three-run homer to put Cleveland ahead 7-3. Nova got one out in the inning but was removed after Delino DeShields’ single. Daniel Norris allowed a base hit to Cesar Hernandez, and DeShields scored on a groundout.
The Tigers got a run in the sixth, but Cleveland’s Tyler Naquin made it 10-4 a two-run triple off Kyle Funkhouser in the seventh.
Cameron Maybin hit a solo homer in the ninth for Detroit.
Tigers: Detroit activated Maybin (right quad strain) from the 10-day injured list before the game and optioned OF Travis Demeritte to their alternate training site in Toledo.
INDIANS OPTION OUT PROTOCOL BREAKERS
Cleveland activated RHP Mike Clevenger and RHP Zach Plesac from the inactive list and optioned them to the alternate training site. Clevenger and Plesac were each put on the list after breaking the team’s COVID-19 protocols last weekend in Chicago.
The teams play the second of three games on Saturday. Detroit’s Spencer Turnbull (2-0, 2.00) will face Shane Bieber (3-0, 1.63).