Detroit Tigers

Tigers Keep NL East-leading Phillies in Check

With the majority of the team injured and coming off being swept by the Chicago White Sox, the Detroit Tigers rebounded to upend the NL-East leader Phildelphia Phillies 3-1 to snap a four-game losing streak. 

The Phillies got on the board early in the bottom of the first inning as left fielder Rhys Hoskins reached on an infield single after an error by second baseman Ronny Rodriguez to score in center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

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Detroit would tie the game at 1 after first baseman Miguel Cabrera earned an RBI after single to score in right fielder Nicholas Castellanos. Just one batter later, Tigers left fielder Niko Goodrum smacked a three-run home run to put the Tigers ahead 3-1. The home run sent starting pitcher Vince Velasquez to the Philadelphia dugout.

Velasquez struck out seven Tigers during his two and two-third innings of work.

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A pitching duel was on hand as Philadelphia relief pitcher Juan Nicasio provided two innings of relief as Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull went six innings, allowing just one run and five strikeouts.

Detroit relief pitcher/closer Shane Greene earned his 12th save of the season with three strikeouts in the inning to remain perfect on the season thus far, while Turnbull earned his second win.

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Phillies All-Star right fielder Bryce Harper went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

The series continues through Thursday. First pitch for tomorrow’s game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Daniel Norris and Aaron Nola are the starting pitchers for their respective teams.

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