McKenzie loses perfect game in 8th, Indians beat Tigers

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Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, in Detroit.

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT (AP) — Indians starter Triston McKenzie retired the first 23 Detroit batters in order before Harold Castro lined a single to right with two out in the eighth inning and Cleveland beat the Tigers 11-0.

The 24-year-old stunned the Comerica Park crowd of 25,684 hoping to see Miguel Cabrera’s 500th homer.

Instead, they gave McKenzie a standing ovation after Castro’s hit and another after he finished the inning with his 11th strikeout.

McKenzie came within four outs of breaking baseball’s longest no-hit drought.

Cleveland hasn’t had one since Len Barker’s perfect game on May 15, 1981, against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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