The process is likely to be painful.
Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning at Comerica Park on September 2, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. The gap between the top and bottom of the division is vast and this was not a fair fight.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, ROCKIES 1: Ketel Marte and Brandon Drury homered in a three-run sixth to bolster a strong outing by Zack Godley and Arizona extended its winning streak to 10 games by beating Colorado in Denver. It was the Indians' 11th straight win.
The Indians are 79-56 on the season and 39-27 on the road, while the Tigers are 58-77 and 31-35 at home. Upon finishing the outing a flawless 5-for-5 before ultimately returning to the bench, he also tallied three RBI and three runs scored in what would become a blowout win for the defending American League Champion Indians.
Ramirez hit a unusual solo homer in the first.
Ramirez leads the American League with 72 extra base hits, but that one was clearly the most unique of the season. Both of his home runs never left the park on their own.
The first home run, three batters into the game and off left-hander Chad Bell (0-2), hit the yellow padding atop the left field fence, bounced up and hit the padding again on the way down.
"After the second bounce I could see it was coming back onto the field and I tried hard to knock it back down". He ended up batting it over the fence.
The Indians ruined the first big-league start for Bell.
Perez had an RBI single in the second with one out and Cleveland got a second run that inning on a bases-loaded forceout.
Ramirez also doubled in the third inning and the fifth. Unfortunately, things would soon get hairy.
Marlins 10, Phillies 9: Giancarlo Stanton hit his major league-leading 52nd home run, and Miami beat Philadelphia. Hundley led off with an opposite-field drive to right on a 1-0 slider from Ryan Sherriff (0-1). The Astros won the first game behind Springer's career-high 30th home run. In the four games, they drew three walks, two of them Sunday. Brian Dozier added a three-run homer and Byron Buxton went 3-for-5 with three runs, making starter Kyle Gibson (9-10) as comfortable as possible over six scoreless innings to help the Twins improve to 21-10 since August 2.
The Tigers scored their run in the second on consecutive singles by Jeimer Candelario, James McCann and JaCoby Jones.