On Sunday afternoon in Arlington, Texas, the Tigers looked to follow up a great team win Saturday night, with another victory Sunday. The win would mean taking two of three from the AL West-leading Texas Rangers, and having done so facing their two best pitchers. Adding to that, the Tigers, who have been depleted by injury, sent two rookies to the hill in the series, Matt Boyd, who pitched phenomenal Saturday night earning the win, and Michael Fulmer (9-3, 2.43 ERA) on Sunday.
INNINGS 1 – 3
A.J. Griffin struck out 5 of the first 10 Tiger batters he faced, keeping them quiet through three. Fulmer faced the minimum amount of batter through three, thanks to a strike-em-out, throw-em-out, double play to end the second. Both pitchers only surrendered one hit a piece.
(THRU 3: Game Tied o-o)
INNINGS 4 – 6
Tyler Collins led off the top of the fourth inning with a single, and two batters later brought home on a Victor Martinez home run, that barely snuck over the wall. The Rangers threatened in the bottom of the frame but were held off the board by Fulmer. The Tigers struck again with a two-out single by James McCann, plating J.D. Martinez. Fulmer through six didn’t allow a run, with six strikeouts.
(THRU 6: DET LEADS 3-0)
INNINGS 7 – 9
Ian Kinsler led off the top of the seventh with a solo home run, J.D. Martinez followed up three batters later with a two-run home run, after a Victor Martinez single. The Big Fella, Miguel Cabrera, added to the lead in the top of the ninth with a solo shot to right field. Michael Fulmer headed back to the mound for the ninth and surrendered a single to Nomar Mazara, but retired the next three hitters for his first complete game shutout of his career.
(FINAL SCORE – DET 7, TEX 0)
ADDITIONAL GAME NOTES
Michael Fulmer is now the AL ERA leader (2.31).
With 6 IP today, he's now qualified (for now) for the ERA title. (Danny Duffy 2nd, 2.84)
— Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) August 14, 2016
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 14, 2016
100 home runs in the bigs, and 76 home runs in 357 games for Detroit. J.D. Martinez is some kind of baseball story.
— Lynn G. Henning (@Lynn_Henning) August 14, 2016
.@MiguelCabrera hits career home run No. 435, breaking a tie with Juan Gonzalez and Andruw Jones for 44th in MLB history.
— Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) August 14, 2016
The Tigers head home following the game to start a three-game set with the Kansas City Royals. Daniel Norris will take the hill opposite of Ian Kennedy for the first game of the series, tomorrow at 7:10 EST. The Royals come into the series at 57-60, 11 games back of the Indians for the division lead.