Live Tigers blog: Castellanos has five RBIs

Bruce Mason
The Detroit News

Goodbye, losing streak.

Nick Castellanos smacked five RBIs and rookie Michael Fulmer earned his ninth win of the season as the Tigers finally earned their first victory of the year against Cleveland in a 12-2 rout Wednesday afternoon.

A fifth inning that featured five two-out runs highlighted the Tigers’ victory and ended Cleveland’s 11-game win streak in the season series.

Miguel Cabrera’s two-RBI single in the fifth inning started an onslaught that was followed by a three-run homer from Castellanos.

Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin (9-2) gave up seven hits and eight runs (five earned) in 4 2/3 innings.

Fulmer gave up five hits and one earned run in six innings to improve to 9-2.

Cleveland jumped ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the third, but Cameron Maybin’s two-run homer and Justin Upton’s sacrifice fly gave Detroit a lead in the fourth.

The Tigers added four runs in the top of the seventh with a pair of two-RBI hits from Castellanos (double) and Steven Moya.

In 1996, the Tigers dropped all 12 games of their season series against the Indians, who went 99-62 en route to the AL Central Division title.

The teams will meet again Sept. 16 to start a three-game series in Cleveland.

Top 9: Romine blasts hit off pitcher

Cleveland right-hander Jeff Manship entered in the top of the ninth to face Andrew Romine, who was inserted for Miguel Cabrera (two RBIs). Romine greeted Manship with a liner off the back of his leg for an infield single.

From there, James McCann grounded into a double play. Nick Castellanos (3-for-4, double, three-run homer, five RBIs) entered the batter’s box with a chance for a cycle, needing a triple, but he struck out.

Bobby Parnell, who was called up from Triple-A Toledo today, will take the mound in the bottom of the ninth.

Bot 8: Ryan throws scoreless inning

Tigers left-handed reliever Kyle Ryan threw a scoreless eighth inning as Detroit maintains its 12-2 lead.

The Indians' Abraham Almonte doubled and Jose Ramirez was hit by a pitch to place two runners on base. But Lonnie Chisenhall popped out to end the inning.

The Tigers entered today 0-for-11 against Cleveland this season.

Top 8: Kinsler pulled

Cleveland reliever TJ House earned a 1-2-3 inning, but the Tigers lead 12-2 after the top of the eighth.

Tigers second baseman Mike Aviles entered the game for Ian Kinsler (3-for-4, three runs).

Kinsler, who is one of five players in the Final Vote contest for the All-Star Game, is now tied for second in the American League with 71 runs.

Bot 7: Greene throws scoreless inning

Detroit reliever Shane Greene entered in the seventh inning and threw a scoreless frame.

The Tigers lead 12-2 in Cleveland.

Tigers rookie starter Michael Fulmer gave up one earned run on five hits in six innings. He struck out two and walked two.

In the seventh, Greene gave up a one-out single to Tyler Naquin, but he struck out Chris Gimenez and induced a ground out from Carlos Santana.

That’s three straight scoreless innings for Greene, dating back to last Friday at Tampa Bay.

Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler, left, and Cameron Maybin hug after both score on a two-RBI single by Miguel Cabrera in the fifth inning Wednesday in Cleveland.

Top 7: Four-run seventh adds to Detroit onslaught

Nick Castellanos (two-RBI double) and Steven Moya (two-RBI single) increase the Tigers' lead to 12-2 in the seventh inning.

Castellanos is 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and five RBIs today.

The Tigers loaded the bases with no outs against Cleveland reliever Zach McAllister (4.10 ERA). Ian Kinsler (3-for-4) and Cameron Maybin (2-for-3, two-run homer) recorded back-to-back singles and Miguel Cabrera walked.

Castellanos drove a pitch to the center field wall, tying his career-high of five RBIs.

McAllister was pulled for TJ House, who relinquished a two-RBI single to Moya.

Bot 6: Fulmer at 95 pitches

Tigers rookie starter Michael Fulmer has given up one earned run through six innings as the Tigers lead 8-2 in Cleveland.

In the sixth: Mike Napoli (0-for-3) flied out, and both Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall grounded out.

Fulmer (95 pitches) has two strikeouts and two walks. He's given up five hits.

Shane Greene is warming up in the Detroit bullpen.

Top 6: Quick inning for Hunter

Cleveland reliever Tommy Hunter needed 13 pitches to get out of the sixth inning. Steven Moya struck out, and both Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jose Iglesias grounded out.

The Tigers lead 8-2 and seek their first win of the year against the Indians, who have won 11 straight meetings.

Bot 5: Fulmer drops to turf, but OK

The Indians' Jason Kipnis grounded into a double play — and the Tigers endured a scary scene when starter Michael Fulmer dropped to the turf on the play.

Kipnis stepped on the back of Fulmer's foot as he was covering first base to complete a double play.

Fulmer, however, stayed in the game.

The Tigers are already without Jordan Zimmermann (neck) and Daniel Norris (oblique), who are both on the 15-day disabled list.

It's 8-2 Tigers in the bottom of the fifth.

Fulmer (82 pitches) has given up five hits and one earned run in five innings.  He’s struck out two and walked two.

The play involving Kipnis and Fulmer was reviewed to determine if Kipnis was safe, marking the third review today. But the call on the field stood: Kipnis was ruled out.

Top 5: Five-run inning for Detroit

Nick Castellanos belted a three-run homer to center field to give the Tigers an 8-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning at Cleveland.

Detroit scored five runs in the inning, all with two outs.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera delivered a two-out, two-RBI single. From there, Victor Martinez reached base on an error by Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor that kept the inning alive.

And Castellanos made them pay with his 16th homer of the year, a career-high.

Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin has been pulled. Reliever Tommy Hunter is now in the game.

It appeared like Tomlin would have a relatively easy fifth inning. He recorded two outs to start the frame (strikeouts to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jose Iglesias). But Ian Kinsler hit an infield single and Cameron Maybin followed with a walk to set the table for Cabrera's two-RBI single.

It had been a rough series for Cabrera, who was ejected Tuesday night and then fouled a ball off his leg during his fifth-inning at-bat. But he made amends for the pain with a blast to the wall in center field.

Cabrera was hitting .161 (5-for-31) with two outs and runners in scoring position this season.

Saltalamacchia fouled a ball off his knee but stayed in the game.

Tomlin gave up seven hits and eight runs (five earned) in 4 2/3 innings. He entered today 9-1 with a 3.21 ERA.

Bot 4: Fulmer ends Indians' threat

Tigers rookie Michael Fulmer issued a leadoff walk and endured a stressful situation with a runner on third base and two outs.

But Cleveland’s Chris Gimenez checked his swing and tapped the ball near the mound, allowing Fulmer to end the fourth inning.

It’s 3-2 Tigers (yes, the Tigers are ahead) in Cleveland.

The Indians' Jose Ramirez drew a leadoff walk after an eight-pitch battle with Fulmer. Lonnie Chisenhall and Juan Uribe flied out to centerfield, but Tyler Naquin’s bloop single allowed Ramirez to head to third base with two outs.

Then it took one pitch from Fulmer to Gimenez to end the inning.

Fulmer has thrown 67 pitches.

Top 4: Maybin 2-run HR, Upton sac fly

A three-run fourth inning gives the Tigers a 3-2 lead in Cleveland. It's just the second time in the 12 games of the season series that the Tigers have led the Tribe.

Cameron Maybin belted a two-run homer and Justin Upton followed with a sacrifice fly.

Ian Kinsler started the inning with a single to end the no-hit bid for Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin, who retired nine straight batters to start the game.

Victor Martinez hit a one-out double and Nick Castellanos followed with a single. Upton then hit a long fly ball to score Martinez.

Maybin's homer hit the foul pole in left field.

Bot 3: Indians' sac fly reviewed

The Indians' Francisco Lindor hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third. The Tigers appealed, and the umpires ruled that Chris Gimenez left third base early. Double play. Inning over. Run does not count.

The play, however, was challenged by Indians manager Terry Francona. And it was ruled that Gimenez tagged, and the run does indeed count.

Thus, it's 2-0 Cleveland after the bottom of the third.

The Tigers cannot seem to catch any sort of break against Cleveland.

Gimenez (.197) and Carlos Santana (.248) hit back-to-back singles off Tigers starter Michael Fulmer to start the inning. From there, Jason Kipnis (.267) barely missed a three-run homer —  it sailed just wide of the foul pole, according to the ruling on the field. The call stood after a challenge by Francona.

Fulmer struck out Kipnis later in the at-bat, then Lindor delivered with a sacrifice fly.

Fulmer has thrown 53 pitches. All four hits by Cleveland have been off Fulmer’s four-seam fastball.

Top 3: Nine straight retired by Tomlin

Indians right-handed starter Josh Tomlin has retired nine straight Tigers as Cleveland inches near its quest to win a 12th straight game in the season series.

It's 1-0 Indians after the top of the third.

This time around, Steven Moya flied out, Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out and Jose Iglesias grounded out.

Tomlin has needed 30 pitches through three innings. Six Tigers outs have been groundouts.

Bot 2: Moya's error leads to run

The Indians’ Jose Ramirez (.301) hit a leadoff double down the right field line. On the play, Tigers right fielder Steven Moya committed an error with a poor throw that allowed Ramirez to head to third.

The miscue allowed Lonnie Chisenhall (.311) to get his fourth RBI of the series on a sacrifice fly to give Cleveland a 1-0 lead.

Tigers starter Michael Fulmer limited the damage by striking out Juan Uribe (.221), and then induced a ground ball from Tyler Naquin (.310).

Moya made several miscues Tuesday night. First, he appeared to be afraid of the right-field wall in foul territory and came short of making a catch. Later, he misread a sinking line drive that went past him. He also had a base-running blunder that ended an inning.

Top 2: Six up, six down for Tomlin

Three ground ball outs explained the Tigers' second inning.

The culprits: Victor Martinez (.317), Nick Castellanos (.301) and Justin Upton (.232).

So that’s six up and six down for Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin, who’s needed 17 pitches thus far.

Bot 1: Misplay by Maybin, but no damage

The maddening trend of poor play continued as Tigers centerfielder Cameron Maybin appeared to lose a ball in the sun, which allowed Francisco Lindor (.301) to reach on a double. It was a fly ball to the warning track with two outs in the inning.

But Tigers starter Michael Fulmer ended the inning by inducing a ground out from Mike Napoli (.241).

The Indians' Carlos Santana (.248) grounded out and Jason Kipnis (.267) lined out to start the game.

Fulmer has allowed one run or less in each of his past eight starts. That's the longest streak by a Detroit starting pitcher since at least 1913

Top 1: Quick inning for Tomlin

Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin used his cutter to strike out Ian Kinsler (0-for-7 in the series) and needed one pitch to retire Cameron Maybin (groundout).

Miguel Cabrera, who was ejected last night, grounded out to end the inning.

Cleveland has outscored the Tigers 13-0 in the first inning this year.

Will the skid end today?

Since May 21, Tigers rookie right-hander Michael Fulmer is 6-1 with a 0.53 ERA.

The Tigers will try and get him run support in the opening inning as Ian Kinsler (.288), Cameron Maybin (.348) and Miguel Cabrera (.297) face Josh Tomlin (9-1, 3.21 ERA).

How to watch: Tigers vs. Indians

The Tigers and Indians will wrap up a three-game series at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Wednesday afternoon with a pair of right-handers squaring off.

Detroit's Michael Fulmer (8-2, 2.17 ERA) will face Cleveland's Josh Tomlin (9-1, 3.21 ERA) in the 12th meeting of the season between the two teams.

The Indians have won all 11 games, including a 12-1 victory Tuesday night.

The Indians have outscored the Tigers 77-24 in the season series. Cleveland leads Detroit by 7 1/2 games in the AL Central.

Indians manager Terry Francona hasn’t spent much time analyzing his team’s eye-popping numbers against the Tigers.

“Once we process yesterday we move on, let alone a month ago or week ago,” he said. “You play the next game and try to win. If you do it good enough people start asking those kind of questions.”

Lonnie Chisenhall was 4 for 5 with three RBIs while Carlos Santana and Tyler Naquin homered. Carlos Carrasco (5-2) allowed one run in six innings.

Francisco Lindor, named as a reserve to the AL All-Star team, had an RBI double and turned in two outstanding defensive plays for Cleveland.

“We’ve been focused against everybody, we’ve just had a little more success against them,” he said.

Detroit manager Brad Ausmus believes there’s a simple reason for his team’s problems against Cleveland.

“There’s nothing baffling,” he said. “It’s not like we haven’t played good baseball. They’ve just played better.”


1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Cameron Maybin, CF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. Nick Castellanos, 3B

6. Justin Upton, LF

7. Steven Moya, RF

8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Michael Fulmer


1. Carlos Santana, 1B

2. Jason Kipnis, 2B

3. Francisco Lindor, SS

4. Mike Napoli, DH

5. Jose Ramirez, LF

6. Lonnie Chisenhall, RF

7. Juan Uribe, 3B

8. Tyler Naquin, CF

9. Chris Gimenez, C

Josh Tomlin


When: Wednesday, 12:10 p.m.

Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland

Pitching matchup: RHP Michael Fulmer (8-2, 2.17 ERA) vs. RHP Josh Tomlin (9-1, 3.21 ERA)

Local TV: Fox Sports Detroit

National TV: None

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