Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press
Published 9:56 p.m. ET July 31, 2020 | Updated 9:56 p.m. ET July 31, 2020
The Detroit Tigers put it all together to beat the Cincinnati Reds, 7-2, on Friday night as they opened their three-game series at Comerica Park.
The Tigers beat the Reds for the third time in four games this season by doing just about everything right.
They got timely hitting from the bottom of the order, a strong outing from starter Spencer Turnbull and a marvelous effort from the bullpen as they improved to 5-3.
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Austin Romine went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and JaCoby Jones stayed scorching hot with two hits and the go-ahead RBI in the fifth inning.
Turnbull worked six innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk with six strikeouts. It was his first win ever at Comerica Park and his first overall win since May 31, 2019, snapping a streak 13 straight losing decisions.
A walk to remember
Turnbull walked Jesse Winker on four pitches with two out in the second inning. The Tigers had gone 28 consecutive innings without allowing a walk, which was tied for the third-longest streak by the team in the last 50 years. The only two longer streaks for the Tigers are 30 innings from Aug. 24-28, 1999, and 36 innings from July 18-22, 1984.
Jones’ one-out RBI single to center that scored Romine for a 3-2 lead in the fifth marked Jones’ 200th career hit. It was his second hit of the game. He went 2-for-4 and he’s hitting .423.
Outfielder Travis Demeritte made quite the impression in his first game. He was recalled from the club’s alternate training location in Toledo before the game after Cameron Maybin was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right quadriceps strain. Demeritte made a heads-up play when he scored on a wild pitch from third as a pinch runner. In his first at-bat, he hit a two-run double in the eighth.
Miguel Cabrera, coming off a two-home run game Thursday, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He’s batting .133.
Off the schneid
C.J. Cron’s ground-rule double in the eighth snapped an 0-for-15 streak.
Former Tiger Nick Castellanos broke up Turnbull’s no-hit bid when he led off the fifth with a double to left. Castellanos has had a hit in each of the Reds’ four games against the Tigers this season. But that’s nothing compared to what he did to his most recent former team. He had five hits and seven RBIs in three games against the Cubs. He closed the series with a grand slam on Wednesday.
Due to expected inclement weather, Saturday’s game against the Reds will begin at 1:10 p.m. It will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit. The game originally was scheduled for 6:10 p.m.
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