Indians thump Tigers again 9-6

Michael Brantley hit a three-run homer after a Detroit error kept a first-inning rally going, and Johnny Damon added a two-run single and an impressive catch in left field to help the Cleveland Indians to a 9-6 victory over the Tigers on Wednesday night.

Casey Kotchman hit a two-run shot for the Indians, who improved to 5-0 against Detroit this season.

Miguel Cabrera and Don Kelly hit solo homers for the Tigers.

Jeanmar Gomez (4-4) allowed six runs and seven hits in five innings for Cleveland. Four relievers held Detroit to one hit the rest of the way, with Chris Perez pitching the ninth for his 19th save in 20 chances.

Max Scherzer (5-4) allowed five earned runs in 4 1-3 innings — and three unearned runs in the first.