Guardians beat Tigers on game-winning hit by Oscar Gonzalez


Guardians outfielder Steven Kwan is greeted by Jose Ramirez after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning of Thursday's 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. [Carlos Osorio/Associated Press]

DETROIT — Oscar Gonzalez knocked in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the 10th inning and the Guardians extended their winning streak to five games, beating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Thursday.

Gonzalez’s hit off Gregory Soto (2-7) allowed the Guardians to escape after they squandered a two-run lead in the ninth.

Guardians reliever Trevor Stephan opened the ninth by allowing a walk, a single and Jonathan Schoop’s RBI double that got the Tigers within 3-2. Enyel De Los Santos (3-0) came in with one out and gave up Eric Haase’s tying fielder’s-choice grounder.

Bryan Shaw worked the 10th for his first save of the season.

The American League Central Division-leading Guardians increased their lead over the idle Minnesota Twins to 1.5 games.

Guardians starter Zach Plesac limited the Tigers to one run and four hits and struck out seven in 6⅓ innings.

Guardians starting pitcher Zach Plesac pitched into the seventh inning and allowed just one run in a 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday at Comerica Park.[Carlos Osorio/Associated Press]

Steven Kwan hit a solo homer and Andres Gimenez scored two of the Guardians’ runs.

Javier Báez hit his team-leading 11th homer for the Tigers but also committed two errors at shortstop. Willi Castro had three hits and scored a run.

Tigers starter Garrett Hill allowed three runs, one earned, and four hits in five innings.

A throwing error by Báez allowed the Guardians to score their first run during the second inning.

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