The Indians look to make it four straight over the slumping Tigers as the teams go back to Jacobs Field to make up a rainout last week.
Cleveland swept a punchless Detroit team in three games at Comerica Park to give the Tigers an 0-7 record in September.
C.C. Sabathia pitched his first complete game of the season, beating Detroit 4-1 on Wednesday, his seventh victory in as many starts. The win kept the Indians one-half game behind the wild card-leading New York Yankees, who beat Tampa Bay 5-4 on Wednesday.
“I’ve got four or five more starts, and I have to keep going,” Sabathia said. “We’re still in the race, and I have to give us a chance to win every time I’m out there.”
Casey Blake homered twice as the Indians finished a sweep of the Tigers.
“The story of the night was C.C.—he was outstanding for us again,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said. “Casey hit a couple out and that was all he needed.”
Blake’s second homer of the game, a hooking drive just inside the left field foul pole, made it 4-1 in the seventh.
“I’m just trying to hit the ball hard,” Blake said. “Sometimes it goes out.”
The loss was a season-high seventh straight and 12th in 14 games for Detroit, which scored two runs in three games.
“We’re just not hitting right now,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “It isn’t that we aren’t trying.”
The bottom five batters in Detroit’s order went 1-for-15 with eight strikeouts. The Tigers scored one run in their previous three games.