JaCoby Jones' homer backs Michael Fulmer's strong start in Tigers victory

Lynn Henning
The Detroit News


Detroit — They made it look easy.

The Tigers beat the Twins, 3-1, Thursday at Comerica Park, with an old-fashioned baseball combination.

The Tigers' JaCoby Jones, center, and Jose Iglesias are greeted by Leonys Martin (12) after Jones' two-run home run during the seventh inning Thursday at Comerica Park in Detroit. The Tigers defeated the Twins, 3-1.

Michael Fulmer started for the Tigers and threw seven glittering innings of quality baseball, while JaCoby Jones, who had been in steady descent this month, reversed his big-league life when he tore into a Lance Lynn fastball in the seventh and launched it into the bullpen in left-center for a two-run homer that broke up a 1-1 tie.

BOX SCORE: Tigers 3, Twins 1

The Tigers had tied the game earlier in the seventh when John Hicks led off with his first big-league triple on a drive up the right-center field gap. He scored on Niko Goodrum's scorched, sacrifice-fly liner to center.

With two out, and Lynn well past the 100-pitch mark, the Twins starter hit Jose Iglesias with a pitch.

His next pitch was a fastball Jones tattooed and sent on a long arc into the bullpen.

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It was Jones' fifth home run of the season. It also broke up a miserable 10-game stretch in which Jones had five hits and 15 strikeouts.

The Tigers and Fulmer got some standard-issue help from set-up man Joe Jimenez in the eighth when he put away the Twins 1-2-3 with a strikeout. 

Shane Greene closed them out in the ninth, allowing a single, while racking up two strikeouts. It was Greene's 17th save in 2018.

The Tigers move to Chicago for a three-game weekend series against the White Sox.