Indians win 15th straight meeting with Tigers

Rookie Oscar Mercado belted a solo homer to highlight his fourth straight multi-hit performance as the host Cleveland Indians continued their mastery of the Detroit Tigers with a 7-2 victory on Tuesday.Jordan Luplow and Roberto Perez each drove in a pair of runs, and Yasiel Puig added an RBI single for the Indians (88-63), who defeated Detroit (45-105) for the 15th straight time and the 16th time in 17 meetings this season.Adam Plutko (7-4) allowed two runs on four hits in six innings to post his first win since Aug. 27, when he recorded a career-high nine strikeouts against the Tigers. On Tuesday, he fanned six while walking one.Mercado extended his hitting streak to eight games in the first inning by depositing a 1-2 curveball off Zac Reininger (0-3) over the left field wall to open the scoring. The homer was Mercado’s 12th of the season and second in three games.Victor Reyes halved the deficit with an RBI single to shallow left field in the third, but the Indians broke open the game in the bottom half of the inning.

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