DETROIT -- Led by J.D. Martinez and Jose Cabrera, the Tigers used a team-wide onslaught to secure a 15-5 win over the White Sox on Friday night at Comerica Park. Detroit overwhelmed Chicago early, scoring 10 runs on 10 hits in the first three innings, with every hitter in the
DETROIT -- Led by J.D. Martinez and Jose Cabrera, the Tigers used a team-wide onslaught to secure a 15-5 win over the White Sox on Friday night at Comerica Park. Detroit overwhelmed Chicago early, scoring 10 runs on 10 hits in the first three innings, with every hitter in the lineup reaching safely at least once in that span. Michael Fulmer (6-3) had his MLB-best quality start streak snapped at 10, but received enough support to win with five runs allowed over seven innings.
"There are going to be days where our offense is good enough that we should do that for pitchers," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "We should score enough runs even when they're not at their sharpest or it isn't a quote-unquote quality start."
"Just a bad night," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "I don't want to give it rhyme or reason. Just a bad night."
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The Tigers have been on-again, off-again offensively through two months this season, but Friday they showed what happens when everything goes right. Against Derek Holland (4-5), who entered the game tied for the fourth-best ERA among MLB starters (2.37), Detroit teed off for eight runs (including three home runs). Hard contact was a big part of the success, as Detroit recorded six barrels off Holland, the most he's allowed in a start in the Statcast™ Era.
"Tomorrow is a new day. Get ready for that and move on," Holland said. "These things happen, and you have to get past it."
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After a grueling 11-game, 10-day road trip spanning three cities, the Tigers had an off-day Thursday, their first since April 15. Ausmus said before the game that he was tired of using the long road trip as an excuse, but his team's offensive burst suggests there could be truth behind the claim.
"The fact that we haven't played as well, we've had some injuries, we've had a little bit of a tough schedule and we're still in it," Ausmus said. "I think that bodes well."
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J.D. reheats: After an explosive 2017 debut three weeks ago, Martinez had cooled off lately. He entered the game hitting 2-for-22 (.091) in his past seven games, including 0-for-8 with three strikeouts last weekend against the White Sox. But Friday, he lit up Chicago for three extra-base hits and two RBIs, finishing just a single shy of the cycle.
Miggy hits 1K: With his second double in as many innings to start the game, Cabrera notched his 1,000th career extra-base hit. He's fourth on the active leaderboard for extra-base hits and 39th all-time. It was also Cabrera's first game of the season with more than one extra-base hit. More >
"Any time you start the beginning of a road trip with a little falter, it's not the way you want to start it. But that being said, it's the beginning of the road trip. It's also the kind of, cuts both ways. It's just the beginning. Hopefully it goes better certainly tomorrow." -- Renteria, trying to be optimistic after the loss
"Yeah, I'll give up five and take a win over giving up one and taking a loss any day of the week." -- Fulmer, on earning his first win in the past three starts despite allowing a season-high five earned runs
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Martinez laced an RBI double to the left-center wall in the first with an exit velocity of 112.5 mph, which was his hardest-hit ball (base hit or otherwise) of the Statcast™ Era. In the second, Michael Mahtook hit his hardest (108.6-mph exit velocity) and farthest (projected 448 feet) home run of the Statcast™ Era.
White Sox reliever Michael Ynoa faced exactly two hitters in the third before departing with a sore right quad and being replaced on the mound by Gregory Infante. Ynoa will be re-evaluated on Saturday. Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez was pinch-hit for by Alex Presley in the fifth, as Martinez left with flu-like symptoms.
White Sox: When Miguel Gonzalez (4-5, 4.43) last faced the Tigers, on May 28, he retired the first 18 batters faced. He'll get them again on Saturday at 3:10 p.m. CT. Gonzalez earned the victory last week to end a personal five-game losing streak, but is 0-4 with a 6.56 ERA over his last four road starts.
Tigers: Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (4-4, 6.47) will face the White Sox for the second time this week and third time this season in game two of the three-game series at 4:10 p.m. ET at Comerica Park. He has allowed 10 runs and 15 hits (four home runs) in his two starts against the White Sox in 2017.
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Jordan Horrobin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit who covered the Tigers on Friday.
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