Andy Ibáñez homers twice, Ryan Vilade gets first MLB hit, RBIs as Tigers outslug Guardians 11-7

CLEVELAND (AP) — Andy Ibáñez homered his first two times up and drove in four runs and Ryan Vilade got his first major league hit and three RBIs in his debut for Detroit, leading the Tigers to an 11-7 win over the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday night.

Ibáñez homered on the third pitch of the game from Logan Allen and added a three-run shot in the second. Ibáñez hit a double in the eighth inning and finished 4 for 4 with a walk and four runs.

Vilade, who was recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Toledo, singled home two runs in the third off Pedro Avila (1-1) and another in the seventh to put the Tigers up 9-7. His first plate appearance and hit as a major leaguer spanned 963 days.

CLEVELAND, OHIO - MAY 07: Andy Ibáñez #77 of the Detroit Tigers hits a three-run homer during the second inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field on May 07, 2024, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Matt Vierling’s two-run single in the eighth helped Detroit open a four-run lead.

Tigers reliever Tyler Holton (3-0) pitched three scoreless innings after starter Kenta Maeda got roughed up for seven runs in two innings.

Josh Naylor hit a two-run homer and José Ramírez and Will Brennan had two RBIs apiece as Cleveland had its winning streak stopped at three.

Guardians rookie Kyle Manzardo went 0 for 4 and is hitless in seven at-bats with five strikeouts since being promoted on Monday.

Ibáñez’s second homer off Allen put the Tigers up 5-2. Allen lasted just 2 1/3 innings.

Javier Báez hit a two-out RBI single before Allen walked No. 9 hitter Carson Kelly and Ibáñez followed by driving a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right for his second career two-homer game.


Tigers: INF Gio Urshela (hamstring) hit and tested his leg with some on-field running before the game. He’ll be examined by the team’s medical staff on Wednesday, and barring any setbacks, he’s expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week. However, manager A.J. Hinch was cautious to put any timetable on his return.

Guardians: RHP Gavin Williams (sore elbow) has had no issues while building back strength and stamina following a recent setback. Manager Stephen Vogt said Williams, who initially got hurt throwing a weighted ball in spring training, has not had any simulated games or bullpen sessions scheduled yet. "Taking it a day at a time right now, just making sure he checks each box and feels good," Vogt said.


Tigers RHP Reese Olson (0-4, 2.70 ERA) starts the matinee series finale against Guardians RHP Tanner Bibee (2-1, 4.46).The Guardians responded in their half by scoring five runs — four on Ramírez’s two-run double and Naylor’s ninth homer, a two-run shot that made it 7-5.

The Tigers tied it in the third when Vilade, playing in his first major league game since 2021 with Colorado, got his first hit and RBIs as a major leaguer.

For the second straight game, the Tigers led off with a homer as Ibáñez connected against Allen. On Monday, Detroit’s Riley Greene homered on the first pitch from Triston McKenzie — the Tigers’ only run in a 2-1 loss.