Trevor Bauer pitched just like he did the last time the Indians saw him on April 9. In that start against San Diego, he was good, but not good enough to get the win.

Tuesday night Bauer not only was good, but good enough to earn his first big-league win of the season.

Bauer, in an impressive performance, allowed two runs in six innings as the Indians reached Justin Verlander early on the way to a 6-2 victory over Detroit at Progressive Field. It was the Indians' second straight victory over the Tigers in this three-game series.

Manager Terrry Francona went down the checklist of what Bauer did right.

"He competed," said Francona. "He pitched inside. He was aggressive attacking the strike zone. He changed speeds. He executed pitches with men on base. He made an athletic play at first base."

Throw in a fastball that ranged from 92 mph to 98 mph and you just about cover Pitching 101.

Verlander (5-3, 3.55) showed why he won a Cy Young and an MVP in the same year by holding the Indians scoreless for the last four innings of his start. By that time, however, it was too late. The Tribe had done all the damage needed for a win.

"Against pitchers like Verlander, you've got to make them earn everything they get," said Francona.

The game did not start well for Bauer (1-1, 2.25). Activated Tuesday after being recalled from Class AAA Columbus, he opened the game by retiring Ian Kinsler on a fly ball to right. Torii Hunter, the next batter, sent a 429-foot rocket into the bleachers in left center for what might be the longest homer hit at Progressive Field this year.

It turned out to be only a warning shot across Bauer's bow. He erased Miguel Cabrera on a harmless bouncer back to the mound -- even though Bauer kicked it around a couple of times -- and struck out dangerous Victor Martinez to end the inning.

"I don't think I felt rattled," said Bauer. "I've got a 3-1 count on him (Hunter) in the first inning. I don't want to walk him. Yes, he hit the heck out of that ball, but if I walked him, Miggy (Cabrera) could hit a two-run homer."