Detroit Tigers stumped once again by Cleveland Guardians in 6-1 loss

CLEVELAND — Aaron Civale owns the Detroit Tigers.

The Cleveland Guardians’ right-hander entered Friday’s series opener with a 9.85 ERA in six starts this season, but he also showed up with a 2.19 ERA in seven starts against the Tigers over his four-year MLB career.

This time, Civale dominated an already-struggling batting order, pitching into the seventh inning and allowing one run. The Tigers lost, 6-1, in the first of three games at Progressive Field.

Detroit dropped to 13-26, worst in the American League.

“We’re facing a really good team, and it’s tough,” said bench coach George Lombard, filling in as manager for AJ Hinch (non-COVID illness). “We had guys out here early hitting today. We tried our damnedest to punch back, to fight back.”

Cleveland Guardians third baseman Jose Ramirez (11) slides into third base for a triple as Detroit Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario (46) covers in the first inning at Progressive Field.

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Tigers starter Tarik Skubal departed after the fifth inning with a left leg contusion. The left-hander limped off the field after getting hit in the shin and knocked to the ground by a comebacker from Ernie Clement. The ball had a 100.4 mph exit velocity.

“I’m going to take it day-by-day and see how I wake up tomorrow,” Skubal said. “I’m very optimistic. With what happened and where I got hit, I feel pretty good. I’m going to do everything I can to prepare to start in five days.”

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