Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Jeanmar Gomez had quite the major league debut, allowing just two unearned runs in seven strong innings, as the Indians used an inside-the-park homer from Jhonny Peralta to beat the Tigers, 7-2, and sweep Detroit in a four-game set for the first time in over 19 years.
Gomez (1-0), recalled for a spot start after a doubleheader on Saturday, gave up just five hits and a walk while fanning four on 93 pitches for the Indians, who have started the second half at 4-0 for the first time since 1995. With the win, Cleveland recorded its first four-game sweep of Detroit since May 31- June 3, 1991.
Peralta, meanwhile, drove in three runs with his odd home run, only the eighth such occurrence in Progressive Field history. Matt LaPorta added an RBI triple — his first career three-bagger — while Jayson Nix had three hits and an RBI in the win.
Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera each drove in a run for the Tigers, who have lost five straight following a five-game win streak. Andrew Oliver (0-4), a rookie like his pitching counterpart on Sunday, couldn’t match Gomez, giving up five runs on four hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings.