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Detroit Tigers pitcher Keider Montero throws against the Cleveland Guardians in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 8, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT — Jake Rogers led off the eighth inning with a double and broke a scoreless tie with an error, helping the Detroit Tigers defeat the AL Central-leading Cleveland Guardians 1-0 on Monday night.

Guardians shortstop Brayan Rocchio was fouled when a Mark Canha ground ball went under his glove, allowing Rogers to score from third base after converting a single by Wenceel Perez.

“Jake is a good base runner, not necessarily the fastest, but you still put pressure on them to catch the ball cleanly and make a throw,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said. “We were lucky.”

Rocchio said through an interpreter that he was hoping to turn an inning-ending double play, but the ball didn’t bounce as much as he expected on the infield.

“That’s a play he makes 99 times out of 100,” Guardians manager Stephen Vogt said. “Just bad timing.”

Tyler Holton (4-1) picked up the win and Shelby Miller pitched the ninth inning for his first save of the season. Together they threw 2 2/3 perfect innings.

Detroit right-handed pitcher Keider Montero gave up no runs in 6 1/3 innings and only three hits and one walk in the third start and fourth appearance of his career.

“The night begins with Keider,” said Hinch. “He was amazing.”

Cleveland’s starting pitcher was also quite good and his performance was an encouraging sign for a team with a battered rotation.

Gavin Williams threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings. The right-handed pitcher allowed four hits, one walk and struck out five, a week after his season debut was delayed by elbow soreness.

“It was really exciting to watch Gavin put together such an outing,” said Vogt.

The Tigers have won four straight games, including three in Cincinnati, where they recorded their first victory since May and only the second time this season.

Detroit, the team in fourth place in the AL Central, has a long way to go to catch Cleveland in the division.

“We’re going to play them ten times in the next three weeks,” said Hinch. “These games are important given our current position in the calendar and we are looking at the team that is far ahead of us.”

Vogt hopes his team will benefit from frequent meetings with Detroit the rest of the month.

“It could be a big turnaround for both teams,” said Vogt. “These guys play us hard. They’re a really good team.”

The Tigers have recalled infielder Javier Baez from the injured list and sent rookie infielder Ryan Kreidler to Triple-A Toledo for the game. They hope the .183 hitter, combined with his smooth defense and veteran leadership, can provide some offense.

Baez was 1 of 3 with a leadoff double in the fifth inning, playing his first game since June 8, when a back injury put him on the injured list.

“The good version of him at bat is what we are looking for,” said Hinch.


Guardians: Vogt said OF Will Brennan will play Tuesday night for Triple-A Columbus, the day before he can return from a rib cage injury and be taken off the 10-day injured list.

Tigers: OF Parker Meadows was placed on the 10-day injured list and replaced by recalled OF Akil Baddoo from Triple-A Toledo. Meadows strained his right hamstring in Sunday’s win over Cincinnati and Hinch expects him to be out for a couple of weeks.

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