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Greene's scoreless streak over at 21.2 innings

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Shane Greene throws during the first inning Sunday.

Detroit -- The streak is over.

Shane Greene finally has allowed an earned run as a Detroit Tiger -- but not without some outcry over the official scorer's decision.

With two out and a runner on first base in the sixth inning Sunday at Comerica Park, White Sox slugger hit a line drive to right field that looked like it'd be a single. But Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez raced and lunged for the ball, trying to make a spectacular catch.

But Martinez missed, the ball went to the wall, and Melky Cabrera scored from first base.

Fans on Twitter wanted Martinez to be charged with an error, thus making Cabrera's run unearned -- thus keeping Greene's streak alive.

But official scorer Dan Marowski quickly ruled Abreu's ball a triple, thus making the run earned.

Chunk Klonke, the long-time Tigers scorer who was at Sunday's game but wasn't the official scorer, defended the decision to rule it a hit, saying you can't penalize a defensive player for trying to make an exceptional play.

"I would've scored it the same way," Klonke said.

Martinez did not leave his feet on the play.

There's a chance the Tigers could appeal the scoring decision to the league, though that wouldn't be known until the league, if it opted to, reversed the decision.

Greene, the young right-hander acquired from the Yankees in a December trade, went eight innings without allowing an earned run in each of his first two starts with the Tigers.

Greene ended up going seven innings Sunday, allowing the earned run on five hits and four walks. He struck out three.

Greene was attempting to be the first Tigers pitcher to start a season not allowing an earned run through three starts. As it ended up, he went 21.2 scoreless innings to start the season.

The streak ending was the only thing that went against the Tigers early Sunday.

Yoenis Cespedes hit a grand slam and a two-run homer his first two times up, and the Tigers beat the White Sox, 9-1, to improve to 10-2 on the season.

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