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Tigers 11, Blue Jays 0: The offense goes to town on Toronto pitching

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Fulmer wasn't as sharp but he got the job done and the bullpen was well behaved.

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers offense used the Toronto Blue Jays' pitching staff for batting practice while Michael Fulmer gave up just two hits on the night. With James McCann and Justin Upton leading the hit parade, the Tigers pulverized Toronto 11-0 to hand Detroit a four-game winning streak.

Fulmer didn't have his best stuff. He walked three and had just 12 swings and misses total. The command wasn't sharp and he missed the strike zone in bunches. The defense had to bail him out a few times and in the fourth it appeared like he might need to call it an early night. Instead, Fulmer just kept going, making it through six innings without giving up a run and he allowed just two hits. Both went to second baseman Darwin Barney, both singles.

There were moments of command for Fulmer, and he dotted the edges of the strike zone enough to keep the Blue Jays off balance. Even so, with his workload and the bullpen in need of some work, he was done after six and a comfortable lead. Alex Wilson came on for a scoreless seventh, and Anibal Sanchez made his first relief appearance of the year, putting up a scoreless/hitless/walkless frame.

The pitching staff may have done its job, but that didn't stop the offense from tattooing Toronto starter J.A. Happ for six runs on six hits in five innings. Gavin Floyd didn't fair any better, getting knocked for three runs on five hits in two-thirds of a frame. By the time the seventh had come around, the Tigers led by a wide margin and both James McCann and Justin Upton had hit multi-run home runs. J.D. Martinez drove in two more runs in the eighth for the final beating.

ROARS:

Michael Fulmer: Six scoreless innings with five strikeouts and just two hits allowed. He walked three and got just 12 swings and misses, but he managed to keep Toronto guessing.

James McCann: Hit a three-run homer to left, giving the Tigers the early lead in the second. He later doubled in the seventh.

Justin Upton: Knocked a two-run shot just over the right field wall in the third. He also singled, walked, and stole a base.

Offense: Six Tigers finished with multi-hit games. Four of those drove in at least one run, and three drove in multiple runs.

HISSES:

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STREAKS AND STATS:

  • With his six scoreless innings on Monday, Michael Fulmer has 22 1/3 straight innings without giving up a run. He last gave up a run on May 21 against the Rays in the sixth inning. That is the only run he's allowed in 27 1/3 across four starts.
  • Fulmer also leads the team for the current longest scoreless streak of any Tigers pitcher. That did belong to Jordan Zimmermann, who had gone 19 1/3 scoreless, until Fulmer overtook him on Monday.
  • The Tigers have driven in 33 runs in their last four games, 8.25 runs per game. They also have 49 runs in their last seven, or seven runs per game.
  • The 11 runs driven in by Detroit are the most they've gotten in a game in 2016, setting a new single-game high. It marks the highest-scoring game since the Tigers destroyed the Cubs 15-8 on Aug. 19, 2015.
  • The Tigers finished with 15 hits on the night, tied with the April 16 game for second-most in a game this year. Their record is 18 hits on April 29 against the Twins.
  • The Tigers shut out the Blue Jays at home for the first time since July 1, 2003.
  • The Tigers are back over the .500 mark for the first time since their brief stay on May 27, when they were one game over.

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Source: FanGraphs