Cabrera hits 494th homer, Tigers sweep DH from Indians

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit his 494th career homer, moving into sole possession of 28th place all-time, and the Detroit Tigers beat Cleveland 7-1 to complete a doubleheader sweep of the Indians on Wednesday night

Cabrera went 2 for 4 and scored twice in raising his hit total to 2,919, 10 shy of matching Al Simmons for 40th place in baseball history. He broke a tie with Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff on the homer list with a solo shot off Nick Wittgren in the fifth inning.

Wily Peralta (1-1), who didn’t pitch in the majors last year, allowed one unearned run over five innings for his first victory since April 17, 2019, with Kansas City. The right-hander struck out a season-high five without issuing a walk.

Derek Hill had a two-run single and Eric Haase homered and scored three runs for Detroit. Jonathan Schoop and Zack Short had two hits apiece as the Tigers improved to 25-73 against Cleveland since 2016.

Indians starter Logan Allen (1-5) gave up three runs in 3 2/3 innings, losing his fourth in a row. Bradley Zimmer tripled home Ernie Clement in the second to avoid the shutout.

In the first game, Harold Castro and Schoop each had three RBIs as the Tigers scored the final five runs in a 9-4 victory. Rookie Bobby Bradley belted two of Cleveland’s four homers off José Urena.

Indians third baseman José Ramírez did not play in the nightcap after fouling a Kyle Funkhouser pitch off his left cheek in the opener. Ramírez returned to the dugout early in the second game after a quick trip to the hospital.

“It was just an unfortunate situation, so I’m glad he’s going to be OK,” Funkhouser said. “He’s obviously a really good player and I respect him a lot.”

Detroit banged out 24 hits on the day and received 5 2/3 scoreless innings from its bullpen. The Tigers finished June with a 14-13 record, their second consecutive winning month.

The start of the first game was delayed by 2 hours, 29 minutes because of intermittent rain, pushing the doubleheader to an evening start. The AL Central foes were rained out Tuesday.

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS

Indians ace Shane Bieber (right shoulder soreness) has not been cleared to resume throwing, but manager Terry Francona said the team’s medical staff was “really pleased” with the progress of the 2020 AL Cy Young winner.

Bieber, who is 7-4 with a 3.28 ERA in 14 starts, was placed on the injured list for the first time in his career following his June 13 start against Seattle.

Cleveland outfielder Josh Naylor will undergo surgery Friday to repair multiple fibula fractures and torn ligaments in his right ankle. He suffered the season-ending injury in a horrific collision with second baseman Ernie Clement at Minnesota on Sunday.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Michael Fulmer (neck strain), who was placed on the injured list Sunday, is undergoing soft tissue treatment on his neck and upper right trapezius. He will be evaluated Friday.

Indians: C Roberto Pérez (right ring finger fracture) was struck on his right hand in the second game of his rehab assignment with Double-A Akron, but Francona said he was not hurt by the pitch.

UP NEXT

Tigers: RHP Casey Mize (5-4, 3.46 ERA) takes on White Sox RHP Lance Lynn in the opener of a three-game series Friday at Comerica Park.

Indians: RHP J.C. Mejia (1-2, 4.94 ERA) faces Astros LHP Framber Valdez as Cleveland continues its seven-game homestand Thursday.

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Brian Dulik, The Associated Press

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