Mike Clevinger got his 12th win as he struck out five over six shutout innings, helping hold the Tigers to just two hits on the night. The Tigers didn't help their cause either, making four errors on the night. Fulmer suffered his 12th loss of the year before leaving, this after giving up back-to-back home runs to Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley to begin his outing. The right-hander would then leave the game with knee inflammation.
Yonder Alonso also went deep later in the game, as the Indians started off with a six-run first inning, and had an 11-0 lead after two innings. Two of the Tigers' errors took place in that opening inning. Lindor's long ball was his 35th of the season, and the eighth of the leadoff variety, which sets a franchise record that was previously set by Grady Sizemore in 2008.
The Indians moved in to first place in the Central on April 21st and has not dropped that honor since. Their double digit lead became for good on August 8th, as they currently hold a 15.5-game lead on the Twins. They are the only team to sit over .500 on the season, as all but one team have already clinched a losing season. The Twins do have 80 losses already and are very likely to have a losing season as well.
Despite their struggles with the bullpen this season, the Indians have to like their playoff chances a little more with the addition of Josh Donaldson. The third baseman went deep on Friday night and went back-to-back with Edwin Encarnacion. Although, Encarnacion did go down on Saturday after rolling his ankle. There is not yet word on the severity of his injury. These two teams will battle in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.