LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Nicholas Castellanos and JaCoby Jones homered as the Tigers overcame Mike Foltynewicz's strong start and frustrated Josh Collmenter during Thursday afternoon's 5-3 win over the Braves at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex.Castellanos' first homer of the spring -- a two-run shot off Collmenter in
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Nicholas Castellanos and JaCoby Jones homered as the Tigers overcame Mike Foltynewicz's strong start and frustrated Josh Collmenter during Thursday afternoon's 5-3 win over the Braves at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex.
Castellanos' first homer of the spring -- a two-run shot off Collmenter in the fifth inning -- proved to be the decisive blow for the Tigers, who received multi-hit performances from Jose Iglesias and Jones. James McCann and Dixon Machado recorded RBI singles during the sixth inning against Collmenter.
• Jones balances aggressive approach, discipline
Foltynewicz allowed the Tigers to put two runners in scoring position before he recorded his first out and then found more trouble when Jones' leadoff homer served as one of three consecutive hits in the top of the second inning. But Foltynewicz ended up allowing just the one run as he recorded seven strikeouts (five of them looking) over four innings. He retired nine of the final 10 batters he faced, six via a strikeout.
• Folty works out of trouble
Tigers starting pitcher Daniel Norris also encountered early trouble before settling down and limiting the Braves to two runs and six hits over 4 2/3 innings. Norris surrendered three consecutive one-out singles to Brandon Phillips, Freddie Freeman and Matt Kemp during the first inning. He then surrendered three more hits, including Emilio Bonifacio's RBI single, in the second inning before retiring nine of the final 11 batters faced, including the last eight.
• Norris shows maturity
Tigers Up Next:Michael Fulmer takes the mound for his fourth start of the spring on Friday, when the Tigers host the Yankees in a 1:05 p.m. ET contest at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, live on MLB.TV. Nick Castellanos, J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton are among the regulars scheduled to face Masahiro Tanaka, who will face Detroit for the third time this spring.
Braves Up Next:Ozzie Albies will be among the position players the Braves will take to West Palm Beach, Fla., for Friday afternoon's game against the Astros on MLB.TV. Matt Wisler will make his first start of the Grapefruit League season. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.
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