The Cleveland Guardians lost to the Detroit Tigers this afternoon, 8-2, and swept out of the Motor City. The Tigers outscored the Guardians 19-6 over the last two games, and 28-10 overall in the series. Michael Pineda earned the win, allowing two runs on five hits in five innings, and Shane Bieber took the loss, giving up five runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
The Guardians took their only lead in the second inning when Franmil Reyes hit a solo home run, but the Tigers scored twice in the bottom on a pair of RBI singles between Kody Clemens and Tucker Barnhart. Steven Kwan tied the game at two in the fifth with a double, but the Tigers again responded right away with three runs on another pair of RBI singles - this time between Javier Bias and Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers added late-inning insurance runs. In the seventh, Robbie Grossman tripled in a run, then scored on a Miguel Cabrera sacrifice fly, and Kody Clemens homered in the eighth for the final tally.
The Guardians drop to 40-40 this season, 2-8 against the Tigers, and are 4-12 since going 7-2 on their most recent road trip. They will stay on the road but have an off-day tomorrow ahead of a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals (29-50) starting on Friday at 8:10 PM. The Guardians are 5-2 against the Royals this season.