CLEVELAND (AP) – Michael Brantley was 4 for 5 with three RBIs, Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers for the sixth straight time this season, 9-4 on Thursday night.
Brantley, who missed most of April after offseason surgery on his right shoulder, came into the game batting .167. He had an RBI single in the first and a two-run double in the eighth, raising his average to .276.
Brantley also ended a potential Detroit rally in the sixth with a catch on the warning track after a long run.
Trevor Bauer (2-0) allowed three hits in 5 2/3 innings and overcame Nick Castellanos’ three-run homer in the fourth.
Napoli’s homer off rookie Michael Fulmer (1-1) capped a four-run first inning in which six straight hitters reached base.