Kerry Carpenter’s solo home run with two outs in the ninth lifted the Tigers to a 4-3 win over the Guardians in the first game. Riley Greene hit a sixth-inning homer and Eduardo Rodriguez pitched eight scoreless innings, helping the Tigers beat the Cleveland Guardians 1-0 to sweep a doubleheader.

Detroit has won five straight, including three on walk-off hits, to bounce back from a 2-9 start.

Rodriguez (1-2) allowed four hits, no walks and struck out 10 while matching the longest outing of his career. The left-hander lasted eight innings for the first time since 2017 when he played for the Boston Red Sox. Jason Foley pitched the ninth for his first save, sealing the latest win.

Detroit had a pair of key defensive plays to earn the second win against Cleveland. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop made a diving stop up the middle to take a potential single away from pinch-hitter Steven Kwan in the eighth inning with a runner on second. In the fifth, Vierling turned a potential home run for Josh Naylor into an out.

James Karinchak (0-3) took the loss in the first game when Carpenter turned on a full-count pitch and sent it soaring over the right-field wall.

Cleveland’s Peyton Battenfield (0-1) walked three in six innings and gave up three hits, including Greene’s opposite-field homer to left field.

Alex Lange (1-0) earned the afternoon win after allowing one hit and striking out one in the ninth.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead on Javier Baez’s sacrifice fly in the first inning. Baez’s RBI single and Carpenter’s run-scoring double in the fifth tied it at 3-3 before Carpenter’s third homer of the season gave Detroit the win.

Josh Bell, signed by Cleveland to provide some extra-base pop, hit a game-tying double in the fourth and scored when Oscar Gonzalez hit Boyd’s next pitch over the left-field wall to give the Guardians a 3-1 lead.

Boyd allowed three runs, five hits and two walks over five innings. Mason Englert pitched three scoreless innings and Lange kept the score tied in the ninth.

Cleveland right-hander Hunter Gaddis allowed three runs and eight hits and a walk over five innings.

Eli Morgan, Nick Sandlin and Karinchak combined for 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for the Guardians until Carpenter hit the walk-off homer off a high fastball.