Michael Fulmer settled in after a rocky first inning and gave the Tigers a second consecutive dominant outing. It took a while, but eventually the goose-powered offense found enough to pull this one out by a score of 3-1.
Fulmer saw quite a bit of hard contact right out of the gate. A double by Eddie Rosario set up Eduardo Escobar, who singled Rosario in. Fulmer escaped without further damage, but there were several loud outs in the inning as well. However, once settled in, Fulmer was nasty. Hitting 98-99mph on the gun at various points, he also kept the Twins on their toes with some nasty sliders. Ultimately, Fulmer would allow just the one run on five hits, with a walk against four strikeouts. Still not the strikeout numbers we’d like to see, but another over-powering outing from the bad one.
In the meantime, the Tigers weren’t doing a whole lot against Lance Lynn either. The Twins starter punched out nine Tigers in 6 2⁄3 innings. However, they finally broke through in the seventh. John Hicks smoked a triple to lead off the frame. Niko Goodrum lofted a fly ball deep enough to score Hicks, and just like that, the Tigers had tied it up. They weren’t done.
After James McCann struck out, Jose Iglesias was plunked by Lynn. The next batter, JaCoby Jones who has been scuffling for a month now, got a poorly thought out series of fastballs, and crunched the fifth one over the left field fences for his fifth long ball of the season. The Tigers led 3-1, and the tandem of Jimenez and Greene were up to the challenge.
Jimenez struck out one in a clean eighth inning. Greene quickly punched out Logan Morrison and Max Kepler, freezing them both with fastballs. Robbie Grossman slapped a single, but Greene retired Jake Cave without issue to wrap up his 17th save of the year. As for Fulmer, he picked up his first win at home since July of last year.
With the victory, the Tigers take the series and retain their grip on second place in the AL Central. The Tigers will jaunt on over to the Windy City tonight for a three-game set against the moribund Chicago White Sox this weekend.
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Michael Fulmer: 7.0 IP, ER, 5 H, BB, 4 SO
Jones: 1-3, R, 2 RBI, HR, 2 SO