Ramírez has a hit in 10 consecutive games and has hit an extra base hit in five straight contests.
“I told ya so," manager Terry Francona said. "He’s a good player. And now he’s starting to get back into feeling good about himself. He got a fastball and he took a great swing. He’s starting to feel it a little bit more and more. You can tell he’s enjoying himself, he’s not pressing. He’s able to be more of himself.”
Starter Trevor Bauer lasted 6⅔ innings, allowing three runs. He walked two and finished with 10 strikeouts. It was his sixth double-digit strikeout game of the season and the 25th of his career. He’s fifth in Indians’ history with 1,079 strikeouts. Bauer improves to 9-7 on the season.
Tyler Naquin got the Indians even in the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly. It was Naquin’s ninth RBI in his last 10 games. That set the stage for Ramírez, who finished with three RBI on the night.
The Indians’ bullpen didn’t allow a run in 2⅓ innings. Oliver Perez and Adam Cimber both allowed hits in the eighth inning, but Jason Kipnis helped Cimber get out of the jam with a double play. The Tigers had runners on first and second with no outs. Nick Castellanos grounded to second. Kipnis tagged Brandon Dixon, who was advancing to second base and then threw to Jake Bauers at first for the double play.
Closer Brad Hand struck out Christin Stewart to get out of the jam without allowing a run. Hand pitched a scoreless ninth, which gives him an American League leading 26 saves on the season.
The Indians are 15 games above .500 for the first time this season, improving to 55-40.