Clevinger, Brantley lead Indians past Tigers 4-0

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 08: Starting pitcher Mike Clevinger #52 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning at Progressive Field on July 8, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Clevinger held Detroit to three hits in six innings and outpitched Justin Verlander, All-Star Michael Brantley broke a scoreless tie with an RBI double, and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Tigers 4-0 on Saturday night.

Clevinger (5-3) allowed only one runner to reach second base and won his third straight decision.

Verlander (5-6) gave up one run in 6 2/3 innings and lost to Cleveland for the second time this week. The right-hander struck out six after the Indians snapped his streak of 331 consecutive games with at least one strikeout last Sunday.

The Indians played their fifth straight game without manager Terry Francona. He was released from the Cleveland Clinic on Friday night, one day after undergoing a cardiac ablation for an irregular heartbeat. Francona was resting at his downtown residence following a heart procedure and four-day hospital stay.

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