Niko Goodrum doubled, advanced on Jake Rogers‘ bunt and scored on Robbie Grossman‘s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, and the Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on Wednesday night. The teams combined for 7 hits and were 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position.
The Tigers turned a double play in the second inning and ended it at home with Rogers tagging out Josh Naylor, who tried to score from first on Owen Miller‘s double, after center fielder Akil Baddoo connected with shortstop Niko Goodrum for a relay throw.
“There’s nights we’re a little challenged (offensively) and thankfully we’ve pitched well enough,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.
Cal Quantrill (0-1) allowed two over three innings, along with the game’s only run, and moved toward the team’s goal of having him work longer stints.
“We got Quantrill more stretched out,” Francona said.
Cleveland’s Triston McKenzie gave up one single and three walks while striking out five in five innings.
The Tigers ended a four-game losing streak overall and a six-game skid against the Indians.