By DAVE HOGG
DETROIT — Aaron Civale dominated the Detroit Tigers again, taking a shutout into the ninth inning in the Cleveland Indians’ 4-1 victory on Tuesday.
Civale improved to 7-1, becoming the American League’s first seven-game winner. St. Louis’ Jack Flaherty leads the majors with eight victories.
Civale is 6-0 with a 2.19 ERA in seven career starts against the Tigers, including three wins this season. He allowed one run, six hits and a walk in 8-plus innings.
“I’m probably the wrong guy to ask about what he’s doing, because we certainly aren’t figuring anything out,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “All I know is he’s got a lot of pitches we can’t hit.”
Civale started the ninth but left after Jeimer Candelario singled and Miguel Cabrera walked.
James Karinchak allowed an RBI single to Jonathan Schoop and walked Akil Baddoo to load the bases with one out. Willi Castro took a called third strike and Eric Haase flew out to give Karinchak his sixth save.
Tarik Skubal (2-6) took the loss despite a career-high nine strikeouts, allowing two runs, six hits and a walk in five innings. Detroit has lost four straight.
Cesar Hernandez hit Skubal’s second pitch over the Cleveland bullpen in left field — the major league-leading 13th homer Skubal has allowed this season.
By DAVE HOGG