It was the Tigers biggest offensive inning of the season, and maybe their most fortuitous.

Six runs crossed the plate in the fifth inning Tuesday, on just four hits, and the Tigers continue their dominance of American League Central Division rival Indians.

"It doesn't bother me how we score six runs," manager Brad Ausmus said.

With the 7-3 victory, the Tigers have now won 9 of 11 against the Indians this season — all five at Progressive Field, and are 35-14 against them since the start of the 2013 season. They have won 11 of the last 12 in Cleveland.

It was a slow burn for the Indians in this one.

The game was tied 1-1 after Tigers starter David Price worked some magic to wriggle out of a first-and-third, one-out jam in the bottom of the fourth inning.

"That was a very long inning for me," said Price, now 7-2 on the season, winning his last three starts. "Thirty-two pitches. From pitch four I had a runner in scoring position and threw 28 more pitches. I was fortunate not to give up a run."