CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley went 3-for-4 with two home runs, including a go-ahead two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth inning, as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers, 9-6, in the third game of a four-game series Sunday.
A three-run homer by All-Star Torii Hunter of Pine Bluff at the top of the inning evened the game at 6-6, but Al Alburquerque (1-2) quickly coughed up the lead. He walked Nick Swisher to start the Indians’ half of the frame before Brantley clubbed a 3-1 pitch to right to restore Cleveland’s lead.
Hunter drove in four runs while Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs for the Tigers, who had won five straight prior to the game.
Brantley hammered a 1-2 pitch to right in the bottom of the inning to give Cleveland a 6-1 lead.
However, the Indians blew their five-run cushion over the next two innings. In the seventh, Ramon Santiago knocked a one-out double to center and Austin Jackson’s base hit up the middle placed runners at the corners. Hunter and Cabrera then hit back-to-back RBI singles to cut the deficit to 6-3.
Hunter’s smash with two aboard in the eighth tied the game.
On Monday, Hunter’s bat cooled off as he went 0 for 5 in Detroit’s 4-2, 10-inning win over Cleveland to close the series. He has six home runs and 42 RBIs on the season with a .304 batting average.