Cleveland Indians' Shane Bieber mystifies Detroit Tigers in 5-2 win Thursday

Tigers starter Matthew Boyd pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday in Detroit. (AP photo)


AP Baseball Writer

DETROIT — The Cleveland Indians were on the right side of this no-hit bid.

Shane Bieber couldn’t complete it, but his outstanding performance boosted a pitching staff that could use a lift.

Bieber struck out 12 in seven one-hit innings, and the Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 on Thursday. Cleveland has been no-hit twice this season, but this time it was Bieber who made it to the seventh before Jonathan Schoop led off with a home run to left.

“Generally I give up a hit in like the first inning and kind of get it over with nice and early,” Bieber said. “Tried to extend it as long as possible. I was just having fun with it.”

Bieber (5-3) left after 103 pitches.

Eddie Rosario homered for the Indians, who helped Terry Francona to his 700th victory as Cleveland’s manager. Only Lou Boudreau (728) and Mike Hargrove (721) are ahead of him in franchise history.

Matthew Boyd (2-6) allowed four runs and six hits in five innings for the Tigers, who have lost five of six.

“We understand we’ve got to find a way to scratch and claw and stay in the game,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “We’re still only a couple swings away.”

The Indians’ Harold Ramirez drove in runs with a first-inning double and a sixth-inning single. Rosario added a two-run homer in the sixth to make it 4-0.

Rosario hit an RBI double in the ninth, and Detroit’s Victor Reyes hit a run-scoring triple in the bottom of the inning.