JaCoby Jones' homer backs Michael Fulmer's strong start in Tigers victory
Detroit — They made it look easy.
The Tigers beat the Twins, 3-1, Thursday at Comerica Park, with an old-fashioned baseball combination.
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.
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.
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.