Not Brad at all: Tigers survive after tirade

May 17th, 2016

DETROIT -- The Tigers lost an eight-run lead after the first inning, then lost their manager in a fourth-inning tirade, but they rallied with a go-ahead home run from Nick Castellanos to take a 10-8 win from the Twins on Monday night at Comerica Park.

Detroit, which had lost 11 of its previous 13 games, seemingly took out its frustrations early on Twins starter Jose Berrios, scoring eight first-inning runs with six hits and four walks. But home runs from Minnesota's Kurt Suzuki in the second inning and Miguel Sano in the third cut into the lead before a four-run fourth cut it to 8-7. A called third strike on Castellanos in the bottom half of the fourth sent Ausmus into a frenzy that saw him throw his hoodie over home plate.

"There was a culmination of a lot of things," Ausmus said. "There were some defensive miscues. There were some unbelievably unfortunate dribblers. One hit the base at second. As far as the blowup, there comes a point when you get seven or eight guys coming back from home plate complaining about the strike zone, they can't all be wrong."

Ausmus drapes hoodie over plate after ejection

The argument might have helped save Castellanos, who was also angry with home-plate umpire Doug Eddings over the call. After J.D. Martinez dropped a two-out fly ball in the top of the seventh to complete Minnesota's comeback, Castellanos got his revenge in the bottom half, jumping on a Pat Dean pitch to put the Tigers back in front.

"There was a lot of emotion going on in our club, and we just gave up an eight-run lead," Castellanos said. "And I was just pretty excited to put us back on top, and put [starter Jordan Zimmermann] also back in line for the 'W' with the great game he pitched. It was huge, and I enjoyed it."


Nick of time: While the Tigers' lineup continues to experience ups and downs, Castellanos has been one of the team's most consistent hitters. Just when Detroit seemed in jeopardy, its lead lost, he worked his way out of an 0-2 count to jump on Dean's fastball for a line-drive homer to left-center. Castellanos' eighth home run of the season was the fourth to either tie the score or pull the Tigers ahead.

"That's the thing. As tough a time as it's been the last few weeks for us, it would have been easy to hang your head when they tied the game up on the J.D. error," Ausmus said. "But they didn't."

Dropped ball ties the score: The Twins completed the eight-run comeback in the seventh inning, when Martinez dropped a Trevor Plouffe fly ball, which would have been the third out. The error allowed Byung Ho Park to score from second with Minnesota's eighth run.

"As a player you need to run those balls out," Plouffe said. "I thought I hit it pretty good. I saw he had a bead on it. I don't know if he lost it or dropped it, but I'll take that all day. Tied the game." More >

Dean provides needed relief: Dean threw 5 1/3 innings of relief after Berrios was chased in the first inning. Dean allowed one earned run in the first but shut out the Tigers for the next five innings, allowing the Twins to tie the score. He gave up a solo home run in the seventh and finished at 91 pitches.

"I was just going out focusing on getting the guy in front of me out," Dean said. "I didn't think about anything else." More >

J.D. makes amends: Martinez did his best to atone for his error, sending a Ryan Pressly pitch deep to left field in the eighth for his seventh home run of the season. The Tigers were already in front by then, but the insurance run was critical for closer Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth.

"Stuff like that where you really affect a game, that bothers me more than anything," Martinez said. "So obviously, I felt bad about it, and Ian Kinsler and these guys did a good job of coming over and picking me up and making sure that I forgot about it before my last at-bat."


Twins:Phil Hughes (1-6, 6.44 ERA) takes the mound looking to break a four-start losing streak. He allowed five earned runs over four innings against the Orioles in his last start. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. CT.

Tigers:Mike Pelfrey (0-4, 5.80 ERA) will continue his search for his first win as a Tiger by taking on his former team. Pelfrey delivered arguably his best outing of the season with 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball last Thursday at Baltimore, but picked up a no-decision when the O's rallied off Detroit's bullpen.

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