Tigers escape 9th inning threat to win sixth straight

Chris McCosky, The Detroit News on

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WIth two outs, Soto gave up a bloop single and hit a batter. Then he put both runners in scoring position with a balk. But, he regrouped and got Charlie Culberson to ground out to secure his 10th save.

The Tigers had the home run balls flying again.

Robbie Grossman, as he did Tuesday night, put the Tigers on the board first with a solo home run in the first inning. After taking a close 1-2 change-up for a ball and fouling off a slider from Rangers starter Jordan Lyles, he hammered a 2-2 curveball, sending it 400 feet into the seats in right-center.

It was his 15th home run of the season and extended his on-base streak to 20 games.

In the second, with Harold Castro on first, shortstop Zack Short got a spinning slider and hooked it inside the left-field foul pole, his fourth home run putting the Tigers up 3-1.


Rookie Akil Baddoo hoisted his eighth home run of the season in the fifth. Lyles had struck him out with a two-seam fastball in the third. In the fifth, he took a close two-seamer to run the count to 3-1 and then slammed a four-seamer, sending it over the out-of-town scoreboard in right-center.

The Tigers’ bid for a fifth run was thwarted by a strong throw by left fielder Dahl in the sixth inning. Candelario doubled with two outs and Castro lined a single to left. The throw and Candelario reached the plate just about the same time, with Hicks making a quick catch and swipe to nail him.

Castro, with two more hits, is 17 for his last 33 at-bats.

Also, with an infield single in the eighth, Jonathan Schoop collected his 900th career hit.

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