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DETROIT -- Yan Gomes had a two-run triple in the second inning and the Cleveland Indians held on for a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

Indians starter Zach McAllister (2-0) held the Tigers to one run on four hits in six innings while striking out four. He was followed by three relievers, including John Axford, who picked up his fifth save by stranding a runner at third.

Cleveland, which had lost four of its last five, got off to a good start against Detroit after losing 15 or 19 games to its American League Central Division rival last season.

Indians centerfielder Michael Bourn, who was activated off the disabled list on Tuesday after recovering from a left hamstring injury, went 0 for 4 with a walk and a run scored in his season debut.

First baseman Miguel Cabrera drove in both runs for the Tigers, who have lost five of their last seven. Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez (0-1) walked the first three batters he faced but settled down to strike out eight in five innings. He gave up three runs, two earned, on two hits.

Alex Avila doubled with one out in the ninth against Axford and advance to third on Bourn's error. Pinch-hitter Don Kelly struck out and Rajai Davis grounded out to end the game.

Cabrera's RBI single in the eighth against reliever Cody Allen reduced Cleveland's lead to 3-2.

Yan Gomes' two-run triple gave the Indians a 3-1 lead in the second. It followed first baseman Miguel Cabrera's error and the fourth walk issued by Anibal Sanchez. Gomes was left stranded when Sanchez struck out the next two batters and Nick Swisher flied out.

Cleveland wasted an opportunity in the first inning. Sanchez, who missed the strike zone with 14 of his first 19 pitches, walked the bases loaded. Indians cleanup hitter Carlos Santana bailed him out by grounding into a double play as a run scored. Michael Brantley then fouled out to third baseman Nick Castellanos.

Ian Kinsler's leadoff double helped the Tigers tie it in the bottom of the first. Kinsler came around on two groundouts, including Cabrera's run-scoring bouncer to short.

NOTES: The series was shortened to two games because of Tuesday's postponement. ... Tigers LHP Drew Smyly, who was scheduled to make his first start this season on Wednesday, will start against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. ... Cleveland was 43-17 last season when CF Michael Bourn scored at least one run. ... Indians second-year RHP Danny Salazar will start against Tigers ace Justin Verlander in Thursday's matinee. "He embraces challenges," Indians manager Terry Francona said. ... The Tigers were 5-2 in RHP Anibal Sanchez's seven previous starts against Cleveland.
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