Castellanos grand slam help Tigers beat Jays 9-1, snap skid

TORONTO (AP) Stuck in an 11-game losing streak, the Detroit Tigers cleared the air with a pregame meeting. Then Nick Castellanos went out and cleared the bases with an important home run that helped stop Detroit's slide.

Castellanos hit his fourth career grand slam, Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven strong innings and the Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-1 on Sunday.

Manager Ron Gardenhire scheduled the pregame meeting, a relaxed session in which players were invited to say whatever was on their mind. Castellanos called it an opportunity to ''just kind of address the elephant in the room.''

''It gave anybody a chance that wanted to speak up to speak up,'' said Castellanos, adding that Victor Martinez, James McCann and Gardenhire were among those who talked.

JaCoby Jones hit a two-run homer as the Tigers won for the first time since June 17, when they completed a three-game road sweep of the Chicago White Sox.

Castellanos nearly hit another home run in the ninth but Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar made a leaping catch at the wall.

''I felt like I was going to have a chance to make a play,'' Pillar said. ''A ball like that hit as high as it is it allows me time to kind of track the ball and track the fence and go up to try to make a play. ''

Castellanos stopped on the basepaths to applaud Pillar's catch before turning and heading back to the dugout.

''What else can you say the end of the day besides `What a play,''' Castellanos said. ''It sucks it had to happen to me but plays like that have to happen to somebody.''

Niko Goodrum had a career-high four hits and Jose Iglesias had two hits and two RBIs for Detroit, which had lost 12 of 14 at Rogers Centre.

''That was a fun win, a really fun with with a lot of great swings,'' Gardenire said.

Zimmermann (3-0) allowed one run and five hits in his third start since returning from a shoulder injury that caused him to miss more than a month.

''He had a great curveball today,'' Gardenhire said. ''That's probably the best curveball I've seen all year out of him.''

Wearing red jerseys and caps for Canada Day, the Blue Jays couldn't deliver a win for the holiday crowd of 37,445.

Tigers outfielder Leonys Martin left with a sore left hamstring after his bases-loaded bunt single in the fifth brought home Detroit's first run. Martin was replaced by Victor Reyes.

Following the game, Gardenhire said Martin would be placed on the 10-day disabled list. A corresponding roster move will be made before Monday afternoon's series finale.

Castellanos followed with his 13th home run, a shot that bounced off the top of the wall in right. It was his first grand slam since Sept. 8, 2017, also against Toronto.

Castellanos also made a fine catch in right, reaching back to grab Russell Martin's line drive for the final out of the fourth.

Iglesias chased Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ (10-4) with a two-out, two-run single in the sixth.

Happ matched season-worsts by allowing seven runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings.

''It's not a pretty outing and I own that,'' Happ said.

Happ had won six consecutive decisions since his previous defeat, May 10 against Seattle.

Teoscar Hernandez tripled in the first and scored on a two-out double by Justin Smoak, but Zimmermann recovered to retire the next nine Blue Jays batters.

For the second straight game, the roof was closed at Rogers Centre because of high heat and humidity.

MUSIC MAN

Blue Jays RHP John Axford complied a list of more than 500 songs by Canadian artists and has been playing his mix in the clubhouse all weekend. Axford's `Oh Canada!' playlist can be streamed using the online music service Spotify.

NOT YOUR DAY

The Blue Jays are 14-26 on Canada Day, including a 12-17 mark at home.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Alex Wilson, who left in the eighth inning Saturday because of a sore left calf, was not available. ... RHP Drew VerHagen (nasal fracture) pitched one scoreless inning for Triple-A Toledo Saturday night, his first rehab appearance. VerHagen has been out since June 20.

Blue Jays: Toronto optioned utilityman Darnell Sweeney to Triple-A Buffalo after the game and will make a corresponding roster move Monday.

UP NEXT

Tigers RHP Mike Fiers (5-4, 4.04) faces Blue Jays LHP Ryan Borucki (0-1, 3.00) in Monday afternoon's series finale. Fiers is 0-2 with a 5.91 ERA in two career starts at Rogers Centre. Borucki made his major league debut at Houston last Tuesday, allowing two runs in six innings.

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TOR39-44
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  • W: J. Zimmermann (3-0)L: J. Happ (10-4)
  • HR: DET - N. Castellanos (13), J. Jones (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Martin CF30110001.257.327.431.7582.0
V. Reyes PR-LF21100000.214.214.300.5143.0
N. Castellanos RF51241001.310.357.524.88110.0
J. Candelario 3B50000032.234.339.454.792-1.5
J. Hicks 1B30000110.280.327.440.7670.5
V. Martinez DH40000001.238.293.321.6140.0
J. McCann C41100010.230.279.323.6021.5
N. Goodrum 2B43400000.236.317.431.7488.0
J. Iglesias SS41220002.273.313.383.6965.0
J. Jones LF-CF32221101.223.274.383.65711.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Granderson DH30000012.247.356.458.814-0.5
    a- K. Morales PH-DH10000001.232.296.396.6920.0
    T. Hernandez LF41100003.257.308.517.8254.0
    Y. Solarte 3B40000022.252.309.448.757-1.0
    D. Sweeney 3B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    J. Smoak 1B40110010.235.357.439.7972.5
    K. Pillar CF40100001.251.284.412.6961.0
    R. Martin C-SS40000011.168.323.291.613-0.5
    R. Grichuk RF30000000.208.275.455.7290.0
    A. Diaz SS30100010.247.286.399.6850.5
    L. Maile C00000000.242.336.392.7270.0
    D. Travis 2B30200000.228.273.377.6502.0
    • a-flied out for Granderson in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - V. Reyes (2), N. Goodrum (15), J. Jones (15)
    • HR - N. Castellanos (13), J. Jones (6)
    • RBI - L. Martin (29), N. Castellanos 4 (53), J. Iglesias 2 (30), J. Jones 2 (21)
    • 2-Out RBI - L. Martin (10), N. Castellanos 4 (27), J. Iglesias 2 (13)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Smoak (21)
    • 3B - T. Hernandez (6)
    • RBI - J. Smoak (41)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Smoak (12)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Diaz-Travis-Smoak; Diaz-Travis-Smoak; Smoak-Diaz)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Zimmermann (W, 3-0)7.05110603.911.1428.0
    B. Hardy1.01000003.511.252.0
    S. Greene1.00000004.031.243.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Zimmermann (W, 3-0)7.0
    B. Hardy1.0
    S. Greene1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Happ (L, 10-4)5.210771414.031.11-6.0
    J. Axford1.10000004.461.303.0
    J. Petricka1.00001004.822.252.0
    P. Guilmet1.032201112.462.19-1.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Happ (L, 10-4)5.2
    J. Axford1.1
    J. Petricka1.0
    P. Guilmet1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 97-71, B. Hardy 16-13, S. Greene 8-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 7-8, S. Greene 2-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 26, B. Hardy 4, S. Greene 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 97-61, J. Axford 16-11, J. Petricka 12-6, P. Guilmet 23-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 4-7, J. Axford 1-3, J. Petricka 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Happ 26, J. Axford 4, J. Petricka 3, P. Guilmet 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    TOR39-44
    100000000160
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF30110001.257.327.431.7582.0
    V. Reyes PR-LF21100000.214.214.300.5143.0
    N. Castellanos RF51241001.310.357.524.88110.0
    J. Candelario 3B50000032.234.339.454.792-1.5
    J. Hicks 1B30000110.280.327.440.7670.5
    V. Martinez DH40000001.238.293.321.6140.0
    J. McCann C41100010.230.279.323.6021.5
    N. Goodrum 2B43400000.236.317.431.7488.0
    J. Iglesias SS41220002.273.313.383.6965.0
    J. Jones LF-CF32221101.223.274.383.65711.0
    Total3791392258-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Granderson DH30000012.247.356.458.814-0.5
      a- K. Morales PH-DH10000001.232.296.396.6920.0
      T. Hernandez LF41100003.257.308.517.8254.0
      Y. Solarte 3B40000022.252.309.448.757-1.0
      D. Sweeney 3B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      J. Smoak 1B40110010.235.357.439.7972.5
      K. Pillar CF40100001.251.284.412.6961.0
      R. Martin C-SS40000011.168.323.291.613-0.5
      R. Grichuk RF30000000.208.275.455.7290.0
      A. Diaz SS30100010.247.286.399.6850.5
      L. Maile C00000000.242.336.392.7270.0
      D. Travis 2B30200000.228.273.377.6502.0
      Total3316100610-----
      • a-flied out for Granderson in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - V. Reyes (2), N. Goodrum (15), J. Jones (15)
      • HR - N. Castellanos (13), J. Jones (6)
      • RBI - L. Martin (29), N. Castellanos 4 (53), J. Iglesias 2 (30), J. Jones 2 (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Martin (10), N. Castellanos 4 (27), J. Iglesias 2 (13)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Smoak (21)
      • 3B - T. Hernandez (6)
      • RBI - J. Smoak (41)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Smoak (12)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Diaz-Travis-Smoak; Diaz-Travis-Smoak; Smoak-Diaz)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Zimmermann (W, 3-0)7.05110603.911.1428.0
      B. Hardy1.01000003.511.252.0
      S. Greene1.00000004.031.243.0
      Total9.0611060---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Zimmermann (W, 3-0)7.0
      B. Hardy1.0
      S. Greene1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Happ (L, 10-4)5.210771414.031.11-6.0
      J. Axford1.10000004.461.303.0
      J. Petricka1.00001004.822.252.0
      P. Guilmet1.032201112.462.19-1.5
      Total9.01399252---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Happ (L, 10-4)5.2
      J. Axford1.1
      J. Petricka1.0
      P. Guilmet1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 97-71, B. Hardy 16-13, S. Greene 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 7-8, S. Greene 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 26, B. Hardy 4, S. Greene 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 97-61, J. Axford 16-11, J. Petricka 12-6, P. Guilmet 23-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 4-7, J. Axford 1-3, J. Petricka 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Happ 26, J. Axford 4, J. Petricka 3, P. Guilmet 6
      • 9TH INNING
        Jones homered to left center, Goodrum scored91
      • 6TH INNING
        Iglesias singled to left center, McCann and Goodrum scored71
      • 5TH INNING
        Castellanos homered to right center, Iglesias, Jones and Reyes scored51
        Martin reached on bunt single to pitcher, Goodrum scored, Iglesias to third, Jones to second11
      • 1ST INNING
        Smoak doubled to shallow right, Hernandez scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Preston Guilmet relieved Jake Petricka
        • Darnell Sweeney at third base
        • Luke Maile catching
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Goodrum singled to right
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Iglesias flied out to right
        • J. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Jones homered to left center, Goodrum scored
        • V. Reyes: Reyes doubled to deep center
        • N. Castellanos: Strike (foul tip), Castellanos flied out to deep center
        • J. Candelario: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Shane Greene relieved Blaine Hardy
        • J. Smoak: Smoak grounded out to second
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike looking, Pillar flied out to center
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Martin grounded out to third
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jake Petricka relieved John Axford
        • J. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez grounded into double play shortstop to first, Hicks out at second
        • J. McCann: Ball, Foul, McCann flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Blaine Hardy relieved Jordan Zimmermann
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Travis singled to right center
        • Kendrys Morales hit for Curtis Granderson
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Morales flied out to right
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Hernandez flied out to deep right
        • Y. Solarte: Solarte flied out to deep right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Axford Pitching:
        • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reyes grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Castellanos lined out to right
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Candelario lined out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Martin grounded out to third
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Grichuk popped out to shortstop
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • J. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Hicks lined out to right
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez flied out to left
        • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Foul, McCann singled to center
        • N. Goodrum: Goodrum doubled to deep right, McCann to third
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Iglesias singled to left center, McCann and Goodrum scored
        • John Axford relieved J.A. Happ
        • J. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Jones lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • Y. Solarte: Solarte flied out to deep left
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Smoak grounded out to first
        • K. Pillar: Pillar fouled out to first
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez fouled out to first
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, McCann struck out on foul tip
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Goodrum singled to right
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Iglesias singled to right center, Goodrum to third
        • J. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jones walked, Iglesias to second
        • L. Martin: Martin reached on bunt single to pitcher, Goodrum scored, Iglesias to third, Jones to second
        • Victor Reyes ran for Leonys Martin
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos homered to right center, Iglesias, Jones and Reyes scored
        • J. Candelario: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Grichuk grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Diaz reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • D. Travis: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Travis reached on an infield single to shortstop, Diaz to second
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
        • T. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Hernandez flied out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castellanos singled to left
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Candelario grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Castellanos out at second
        • J. Hicks: Hicks flied out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Solarte struck out on foul tip
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • K. Pillar: Strike swinging, Pillar singled to right center
        • R. Martin: Pickoff attempt, Martin lined out to right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike looking, Goodrum singled to shallow center
        • J. Iglesias: Iglesias grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Goodrum out at second
        • J. Jones: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jones doubled to deep left
        • L. Martin: Martin grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Travis grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Granderson grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Hernandez: Foul, Hernandez lined out to center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez grounded out to first
        • J. McCann: Ball, McCann popped out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk grounded out to second
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martin popped out to second
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos flied out to center
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Granderson flied out to deep left
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hernandez tripled to deep right center
        • Y. Solarte: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Solarte struck out on foul tip
        • J. Smoak: Smoak doubled to shallow right, Hernandez scored
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pillar fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)