DETROIT — Terry Francona did something Sunday at Comerica Park that he rarely gets to do. He relaxed while sitting in the visiting manager's office.
The Indians had just beaten the Tigers 9-3, winning their ninth straight game and improving to 9-0 against Detroit this season.
"I've spent a lot of long nights in this office, trying to figure how to regroup after getting beat up yet again by that team," Francona said. "I can't entirely explain this, but it feels good."
The Indians roughed up Justin Verlander, homering four times off him in a six-run fifth inning to take control.
"Everyone knows how well he is throwing the ball, and early on (Sunday), he was throwing free and easy," Francona said. "He just left a few pitches up in the fifth and we took advantage of all of them."
Lonnie Chisenhall had four hits, including one of the four homers off Verlander. Juan Uribe, Tyler Naquin and Mike Napoli also went deep for the Indians.
Mike Tomlin outpitched Verlander for the third time this season.
"That feels great, because he's an established star in this league," Tomlin said. "But I can't focus on who I'm pitching against, especially when I have to worry about the guys in this lineup."