Armando Galarraga (4-5) continued his mastery of the Indians with seven shutout innings, helping the Tigers end a three-game slide. Galarraga (4-5), whose last appearance against Cleveland resulted in what should have been a perfect game, allowed just three hits and struck out eight without walking a batter. Back on June 2, Galarraga tossed his first career shutout, retiring the first 26 batters of the game before umpire Jim Joyce botched a call at first base that would have resulted in the third perfect game of the season.
Instead, he settled for a one-hitter, and Galarraga stretched his scoreless innings streak against the Indians this season to 16. He has given up at least one run in every start this season except both games against Cleveland.
"Today, everything was good with my mechanics," Galarraga said. "I threw a good game. Every pitch was in the corner."
Don Kelly recorded a career-high four hits to go with two runs scored and an RBI for Detroit, which snapped a four-game skid to the Indians. Brandon Inge fell a homer shy of the cycle, while Will Rhymes, Austin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera each recorded a multi-hit game.
Jayson Nix doubled for the Indians to break up a no-hitter in the fifth, as the Indians fell for the ninth time in 12 games. Justin Masterson (4-12) continued to struggle, giving up five runs on 11 hits and a walk in six frames.
"Overall, I was decently pleased with what took place," Masterson said. "I got us through the sixth. There were five runs that were scored, but I think we still had an opportunity -- I think with our offense, we're still in a game."
Josh Tomlin gets the call for Cleveland tonight and he has dropped two straight starts. The right-hander is coming off his shortest outing since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus on July 27th, allowing three runs and 10 hits over five innings of a 3-1 loss to Baltimore on August 11th.
This will be Tomlin's first career appearance against the Tigers, who will counter with Max Scherzer.
The right-hander was dominant against the Yankees on Monday, allowing just two hits over six scoreless innings of a 3-1 victory in New York. He walked two and fanned six in earning his first victory since July 21st.
In two career starts versus the Indians, both this season, Scherzer is 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA.
The Tigers has won seven of 13 matchups with the Indians this year, including six of seven at Comerica Park.