Civale improved to 7-1, becoming the American League’s first seven-game winner. St. Louis’ Jack Flaherty leads the majors with eight victories.
“I really feel like things are going smoothly right now,” he said. “I’m having enough success that I’m not trying to make major adjustments between starts. I can focus on minor things.”
Civale is 6-0 with a 2.19 ERA in seven career starts against the Tigers, including three wins this season. He allowed one run, six hits and a walk in eight-plus innings.
Cesar Hernandez hit Skubal’s second pitch over the Cleveland bullpen in left field — the major league-leading 13th homer Skubal has allowed this season.
“That’s a middle-middle fastball, and when you put a 92 mph fastball right there, that’s what will happen,” Skubal said. “I can’t do that.”
Cleveland had runners on second and third with no one out in the fourth. Owen Miller made it 2-0 with a groundout — his first major-league RBI — but Skubal escaped without further damage.
Luplow then gave Civale two insurance runs with a long homer to right-center field in the eighth.