Castellanos leads Tigers to 13-4 rout of Rays

DETROIT (AP) For a team struggling to get above .500, the Detroit Tigers looked like a pennant contender on Friday night.

The Tigers got 13 hits, including seven for extra bases, and made several key defensive plays in a 13-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

''That might be the best game we've played all year,'' Ian Kinsler said.

Nicholas Castellanos drove in four runs and Justin Upton drove in three, while Kinsler and Alex Avila homered.

Daniel Norris (4-4) got the win, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk in six-plus innings.

''I think one walk was the key there,'' he said. ''When I'm putting the ball in the strike zone, I can attack on a consistent basis.''

Erasmo Ramirez (3-2) matched a career worst by allowing 10 runs on nine hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings.

''That's a great lineup and I was missing pitches,'' he said. ''That's always dangerous.''

Kinsler hit the 43rd lead-off homer off his career in the first. That broke a tie with Curtis Granderson for sixth on the career list and moved him one behind Brady Anderson.

''The only thing that proves is I've led off a lot of games,'' he said.

Tampa Bay tied the game in the third. Peter Bourjos tripled with one out and Steven Souza Jr. followed with a grounder to third. Castellanos threw wildly to the plate, allowing Souza to take second,

The Rays took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on Daniel Robertson's RBI single.

The Tigers took over the game at that point, scoring five runs in each of the next two innings to take an 11-2 lead.

Avila led off the bottom of the fourth with his 10th homer. After a walk to Miguel Cabrera, J.D. Martinez singled and Upton lined an RBI double over the head of Smith in centerfield. Castellanos doubled down the left-field line to give the Tigers a three-run lead.

Alex Presley's infield single gave the Tigers six straight baserunners to start the inning, but James McCann ended the streak with a sacrifice fly to make it 6-2.

Jose Iglesias received a standing ovation after two spectacular defensive plays in the fifth. He charged a slow roller and threw out Bourjos, then sprinted straight back into left-centerfield to make an over-the-shoulder catch on Souza's pop up. The cheers continued when Upton reached over the left-field fence to rob the next hitter, Corey Dickerson, of a home run.

''I told Iggy that as sick as the play on Souza was, the play on Bourjos might have been better, given the way that guy runs,'' Norris said. ''Then J-Up pulls back a homer. That's a good feeling as a pitcher.''

The Tigers kept hitting in the fifth, with Upton's two-run single putting them up 8-2. Tim Beckham's throwing error later in the inning allowed two more runs to score.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: Despite his ugly pitching line, Ramirez didn't leave the game until his hamstring cramped after a grounder back to the mound. After making the play, he was examined by the training staff and replaced by Austin Pruitt.

Tigers: DH Victor Martinez was placed on the 10-day disabled list with an irregular heartbeat. The problem caused him to leave Thursday's game in the seventh inning, and he was still in the hospital on Friday night. The team is expecting to have further updates on Saturday.

THE IGLESIAS SHOW

Ausmus broke into the majors as a player in 1993, but said that he's never seen a shortstop with the same range as Iglesias on balls flared over his head. StatCast said that he ran 88 feet to make the over-the-shoulder catch against Souza in the fifth.

''That's a tougher play than anyone realizes, because he's got to get the right spot and make a tough catch with two outfielders running full speed at him,'' he said. ''He just has a knack of getting to the ball and avoiding everything else.''

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Chris Archer (4-4, 3.80) will try to get the Rays a win in the third game of the four-game weekend series on Saturday. Archer had a no-decision against the Tigers on April 19, striking out nine in five innings but allowing four runs.

Tigers: RHP Michael Fulmer (6-4, 3.40) will attempt to continue his dominance of the Rays on Saturday. He's 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 20 innings in three starts against Tampa Bay, although the loss and three of four earned runs came in Tampa Bay on April 18.

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RaysTB35-35
001100101491
TigersDET32-34
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  • W: D. Norris (4-4)L: E. Ramirez (3-2)
  • HR: DET - I. Kinsler (5), A. Avila (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Souza RF40110000.260.372.481.8532.0
C. Dickerson DH40000022.327.364.591.955-1.0
E. Longoria 3B30000012.255.320.417.737-0.5
M. Martinez 3B10000000.162.262.189.4510.0
L. Morrison 1B11000111.243.350.554.9041.5
a- T. Featherston 1B20100010.231.267.462.7280.5
T. Beckham SS41200002.285.323.452.7754.0
M. Smith CF31200111.358.433.491.9244.5
D. Robertson 2B30230010.214.315.357.6724.5
J. Sucre C40000023.220.241.329.571-1.0
P. Bourjos LF31100000.233.291.425.7164.0
  • a-singled for Morrison in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B41111002.250.336.380.7166.0
A. Romine 2B10000000.240.315.356.6710.0
A. Avila 1B52211020.313.430.6111.0417.0
M. Cabrera DH32100120.281.380.449.8294.0
a- J. Hicks DH10000000.300.314.560.8740.0
J. Martinez RF33200110.318.403.7001.1035.5
M. Mahtook RF10100000.250.286.463.7482.0
J. Upton LF43230101.261.350.496.84610.0
N. Castellanos 3B41240002.234.305.421.72510.0
A. Presley CF40100003.250.325.389.7141.0
J. McCann C31010000.187.264.390.6552.0
J. Iglesias SS30110001.269.298.386.6832.0
D. Machado SS10000010.304.339.357.696-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Cabrera in the 8th
BATTING
  • 3B - T. Beckham (3), M. Smith, P. Bourjos
  • SF - D. Robertson
  • RBI - S. Souza (40), D. Robertson 3 (12)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Cabrera (15), M. Mahtook (5), J. Upton (14), N. Castellanos (15)
  • 3B - N. Castellanos (4)
  • HR - I. Kinsler (5), A. Avila (10)
  • SF - J. McCann (3)
  • RBI - I. Kinsler (13), A. Avila (27), J. Upton 3 (43), N. Castellanos 4 (37), J. McCann (18), J. Iglesias (19)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos 2 (17), J. Iglesias (10)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - T. Beckham (3), M. Smith
FIELDING
  • E - T. Beckham (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - A. Romine, I. Kinsler, A. Avila, J. McCann, J. Iglesias, N. Castellanos
  • E - N. Castellanos (13)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Ramirez (L, 3-2)4.291082225.171.28-11.0
A. Pruitt1.13321206.911.81-2.0
J. Alvarado1.00000103.711.003.5
D. Farquhar1.01000104.351.352.5
PITCHERSIP
E. Ramirez (L, 3-2)4.2
A. Pruitt1.1
J. Alvarado1.0
D. Farquhar1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Norris (W, 4-4)6.08331804.421.6020.0
W. Saupold2.00000002.891.026.0
D. Stumpf1.01111109.003.000.5
PITCHERSIP
D. Norris (W, 4-4)6.0
W. Saupold2.0
D. Stumpf1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - E. Ramirez
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Ramirez 78-54, A. Pruitt 32-17, J. Alvarado 15-9, D. Farquhar 16-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Ramirez 4-8, A. Pruitt 2-1, J. Alvarado 1-1, D. Farquhar 2-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Ramirez 25, A. Pruitt 9, J. Alvarado 3, D. Farquhar 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 102-63, W. Saupold 20-13, D. Stumpf 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 2-6, W. Saupold 3-2, D. Stumpf 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Norris 25, W. Saupold 5, D. Stumpf 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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RaysTB35-35
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TigersDET32-34
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Souza RF40110000.260.372.481.8532.0
C. Dickerson DH40000022.327.364.591.955-1.0
E. Longoria 3B30000012.255.320.417.737-0.5
M. Martinez 3B10000000.162.262.189.4510.0
L. Morrison 1B11000111.243.350.554.9041.5
a- T. Featherston 1B20100010.231.267.462.7280.5
T. Beckham SS41200002.285.323.452.7754.0
M. Smith CF31200111.358.433.491.9244.5
D. Robertson 2B30230010.214.315.357.6724.5
J. Sucre C40000023.220.241.329.571-1.0
P. Bourjos LF31100000.233.291.425.7164.0
Total3249402911-----
  • a-singled for Morrison in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B41111002.250.336.380.7166.0
A. Romine 2B10000000.240.315.356.6710.0
A. Avila 1B52211020.313.430.6111.0417.0
M. Cabrera DH32100120.281.380.449.8294.0
a- J. Hicks DH10000000.300.314.560.8740.0
J. Martinez RF33200110.318.403.7001.1035.5
M. Mahtook RF10100000.250.286.463.7482.0
J. Upton LF43230101.261.350.496.84610.0
N. Castellanos 3B41240002.234.305.421.72510.0
A. Presley CF40100003.250.325.389.7141.0
J. McCann C31010000.187.264.390.6552.0
J. Iglesias SS30110001.269.298.386.6832.0
D. Machado SS10000010.304.339.357.696-0.5
Total371313112369-----
  • a-grounded out for Cabrera in the 8th
BATTING
  • 3B - T. Beckham (3), M. Smith, P. Bourjos
  • SF - D. Robertson
  • RBI - S. Souza (40), D. Robertson 3 (12)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Cabrera (15), M. Mahtook (5), J. Upton (14), N. Castellanos (15)
  • 3B - N. Castellanos (4)
  • HR - I. Kinsler (5), A. Avila (10)
  • SF - J. McCann (3)
  • RBI - I. Kinsler (13), A. Avila (27), J. Upton 3 (43), N. Castellanos 4 (37), J. McCann (18), J. Iglesias (19)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos 2 (17), J. Iglesias (10)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - T. Beckham (3), M. Smith
FIELDING
  • E - T. Beckham (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - A. Romine, I. Kinsler, A. Avila, J. McCann, J. Iglesias, N. Castellanos
  • E - N. Castellanos (13)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Ramirez (L, 3-2)4.291082225.171.28-11.0
A. Pruitt1.13321206.911.81-2.0
J. Alvarado1.00000103.711.003.5
D. Farquhar1.01000104.351.352.5
Total8.0131310362---
PITCHERSIP
E. Ramirez (L, 3-2)4.2
A. Pruitt1.1
J. Alvarado1.0
D. Farquhar1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Norris (W, 4-4)6.08331804.421.6020.0
W. Saupold2.00000002.891.026.0
D. Stumpf1.01111109.003.000.5
Total9.0944290---
PITCHERSIP
D. Norris (W, 4-4)6.0
W. Saupold2.0
D. Stumpf1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - E. Ramirez
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Ramirez 78-54, A. Pruitt 32-17, J. Alvarado 15-9, D. Farquhar 16-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Ramirez 4-8, A. Pruitt 2-1, J. Alvarado 1-1, D. Farquhar 2-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Ramirez 25, A. Pruitt 9, J. Alvarado 3, D. Farquhar 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 102-63, W. Saupold 20-13, D. Stumpf 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 2-6, W. Saupold 3-2, D. Stumpf 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Norris 25, W. Saupold 5, D. Stumpf 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Robertson hit sacrifice fly to center, Beckham scored413
  • 7TH INNING
    Smith singled to left, Smith scored313
  • 6TH INNING
    Castellanos tripled to right, Martinez and Upton scored213
  • 5TH INNING
    Iglesias singled to center, McCann scored211
    McCann safe at first on shortstop Beckham fielding error, Martinez and Upton scored, McCann to second210
    Upton singled to left, Avila and Cabrera scored, Martinez to second28
  • 4TH INNING
    McCann hit sacrifice fly to right, Castellanos scored26
    Castellanos doubled to deep left, Martinez and Upton scored25
    Upton doubled to deep center, Cabrera scored, Martinez to third23
    Avila homered to left22
    Robertson singled to right center, Morrison scored, Smith to third21
  • 3RD INNING
    Souza reached on fielder's choice to third, Bourjos scored, Souza to second on 3rd baseman Castellanos fielding error11
  • 1ST INNING
    Kinsler homered to left01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Daniel Stumpf relieved Warwick Saupold
    • John Hicks at designated hitter
    • T. Featherston: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Featherston struck out swinging
    • T. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Beckham tripled to deep right
    • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith walked
    • D. Robertson: Foul, Robertson hit sacrifice fly to center, Beckham scored
    • J. Sucre: Sucre grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • W. Saupold Pitching:
    • S. Souza: Strike looking, Ball, Souza flied out to center
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Dickerson grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Martinez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Danny Farquhar relieved Jose Alvarado
    • A. Avila: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Avila struck out swinging
    • John Hicks hit for Miguel Cabrera
    • J. Hicks: Foul, Foul, Hicks grounded out to third
    • M. Mahtook: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mahtook doubled to deep right
    • J. Upton: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Upton grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Andrew Romine at second
    • Dixon Machado at shortstop
    • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike looking
    • Smith singled to left, Smith scored
    • D. Robertson: Daniel Robertson facing Daniel Norris
    • J. Sucre: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sucre grounded into double play third to second to first, Robertson out at second
    • P. Bourjos: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bourjos grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jose Alvarado relieved Austin Pruitt
    • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, McCann lined out to second
    • D. Machado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
    • A. Romine: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Romine grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • D. Norris Pitching:
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Longoria struck out looking
    • Taylor Featherston hit for Logan Morrison
    • T. Featherston: Ball, Featherston singled to left
    • T. Beckham: Beckham lined into double play second to first, Featherston out at first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Taylor Featherston at first
    • Michael Martinez at third
    • A. Avila: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Avila struck out looking
    • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez singled to left
    • J. Upton: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Upton walked, Martinez to second
    • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Castellanos tripled to right, Martinez and Upton scored
    • A. Presley: Ball, Presley grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Norris Pitching:
    • P. Bourjos: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bourjos grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Souza: Souza popped out to shortstop
    • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dickerson flied out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Ramirez Pitching:
    • A. Avila: Ball, Strike looking, Avila singled to right
    • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Cabrera doubled to left, Avila to third
    • J. Martinez: Martinez intentionally walked
    • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Upton singled to left, Avila and Cabrera scored, Martinez to second
    • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Castellanos popped out to second
    • A. Presley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Presley grounded out to pitcher, Martinez to third, Upton to second
    • Austin Pruitt relieved Erasmo Ramirez
    • J. McCann: Strike looking, McCann safe at first on shortstop Beckham fielding error, Martinez and Upton scored, McCann to second
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Iglesias singled to center, McCann scored
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kinsler fouled out to first
    • End of the 5th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Norris Pitching:
    • L. Morrison: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked
    • T. Beckham: Ball, Beckham flied out to center
    • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Ball, Smith reached on an infield single to shortstop, Morrison to second
    • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Robertson singled to right center, Morrison scored, Smith to third
    • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Smith caught stealing, first to pitcher to catcher, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Sucre struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Ramirez Pitching:
    • A. Avila: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Avila homered to left
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
    • J. Martinez: Martinez singled to right center, Cabrera to second
    • J. Upton: Ball, Strike looking, Upton doubled to deep center, Cabrera scored, Martinez to third
    • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos doubled to deep left, Martinez and Upton scored
    • A. Presley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Presley reached on an infield single to second, Castellanos to third
    • J. McCann: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to second, Pickoff attempt to second, Ball, McCann hit sacrifice fly to right, Castellanos scored
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Iglesias fouled out to right, Presley to second
    • I. Kinsler: Kinsler lined out to center
    • End of the 4th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Norris Pitching:
    • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Sucre struck out looking
    • P. Bourjos: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bourjos tripled to deep right center
    • S. Souza: Strike swinging, Ball, Souza reached on fielder's choice to third, Bourjos scored, Souza to second on 3rd baseman Castellanos fielding error
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Longoria popped out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • E. Ramirez Pitching:
    • J. McCann: Ball, McCann flied out to right
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
    • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Kinsler lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Norris Pitching:
    • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Beckham singled to left center
    • M. Smith: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
    • D. Robertson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • E. Ramirez Pitching:
    • J. Upton: Ball, Strike swinging, Upton flied out to deep center
    • N. Castellanos: Foul, Ball, Castellanos flied out to left
    • A. Presley: Presley grounded out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Norris Pitching:
    • S. Souza: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Souza singled to left
    • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
    • E. Longoria: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Longoria fouled out to left
    • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Morrison struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • E. Ramirez Pitching:
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Kinsler homered to left
    • A. Avila: Avila grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Cabrera: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)