MLB roundup: Perez helps lift Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) — Roberto Perez hit a leadoff home run in the eighth inning against reliever Alex Wilson, lifting the Cleveland Indians over the Detroit Tigers, 2-1, on Tuesday night.

Perez belted a 2-0 pitch to center field that landed in the seats in front of the bullpen to give Cleveland its ninth straight win over Detroit. The Indians are 29-10 against the Tigers since the start of the 2016 season.

Jose Ramirez’s two-out homer in the first put Cleveland ahead, a lead that lasted until Jeimer Candelario’s seventh-inning double. It was Detroit’s first run in 23 innings.

Phillies 6, Reds 1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Nola pitched eight stellar innings and Scott Kingery hit a grand slam, leading Philadelphia to a victory.

Nola (1-0) gave up three hits while striking out six and walking three as Philadelphia won for the fourth time in five games. The Reds have lost three in a row.

Nola threw 103 pitches, two starts after rookie manager Gabe Kaplerás disputed decision to lift the Phillies ace through 68 pitches with a lead in a season-opening loss at Atlanta. The right-hander improved to 9-3 with a 2.04 ERA in his last 12 home starts.

Blue Jays 2, Orioles 1

BALTIMORE (AP) — Aaron Sanchez lost his no-hit bid when Baltimore’s Tim Beckham led off the eighth inning with a sharp grounder through the legs of third baseman Josh Donaldson, and Curtis Granderson hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth to carry Toronto over the Orioles.

Seeking to throw the second no-hitter in Blue Jays history, Sanchez walked four and hit a batter before it all came apart.

Nationals 4, Braves 1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg threw eight scoreless innings, Ryan Zimmerman had a two-run triple and Washington defeated Atlanta. A night after Washington starter Max Scherzer stymied the Braves with a two-hit shutout, Strasburg (2-1) was nearly as effective against Atlanta.

Strasburg allowed three hits and two walks while striking out eight, at one point retiring 12 in a row.

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