Jason Kipnis didn't do it once, he did it twice.

Kipnis and Asdrubal Cabrera keyed a seven-run seventh inning Friday night with consecutive homers as the Indians beat Detroit, 9-3, to open the figurative second half of the season in style at Comerica Park.

Kipnis, homerless since April 21, added another homer in the ninth. Trevor Bauer, looking at a hard-luck loss through six innings, came away with the victory thanks to the seventh-inning rally and his gritty pitching that kept the game close.

What it means

The Indians chopped Detroit's lead over them in the AL Central to 6½ games. It also gave them a chance to move into a second-place tie with Kansas City. The Royals played Boston on Friday night.

The Tribe climbed to a game over .500 at 48-47. The Tigers fell to 53-39. The Indians lead the season series, 5-4. That's one more game than they won all last season when the Tigers ruled the series, 15-4.