Antsy Niko Goodrum, John Hicks power Detroit Tigers to 4-1 win over Cleveland Indians
By DAVE HOGG
DETROIT — Niko Goodrum and John Hicks were in no mood to wait for a deep count against Trevor Bauer.
“This isn’t the time to be patient against a guy who throwing like that,” Goodrum said. “He threw me a fastball down and in, and I put a good swing on it.”
Bauer allowed home runs to Goodrum and Hicks, who powered Detroit over the Cleveland Indians 4-1 Wednesday for the Tigers’ sixth win in seven games.
Bauer (1-1) gave up four runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He had allowed one run and one hit in his first two starts.
Miguel Cabrera singled with two outs in the first, and Goodrum sent the next pitch over the right-field wall.
Hicks homered leading off the sixth for a 3-1 lead, Gordon Beckham doubled with one out, and Josh Harrison singled on a bouncer up the middle to chase Bauer.
Matt Boyd (1-1) allowed one run and four hits in six innings with six strikeouts that raised his total to 29 in 17 1/3 innings over three starts.
“Everything is predicated off the fastball,” he said. “When I’ve got a good fastball, it makes all of my other pitches better.”
Shane Greene, Detroit’s sixth pitcher, got three straight outs for his eighth save in eight appearances, ending Cleveland’s five-game winning streak. He became the first big leaguer with eight saves in his team’s first 12 games.
“We’re going to kill Shane if we keep using him like this,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “But he wants the ball in every save situation, and we aren’t scoring enough runs to get any lopsided wins.”
Hanley Ramirez hit an RBI double in the sixth, but Boyd ended the inning by striking out Jake Bauers with runners on second and third.