Candelario homers in 9th, Tigers beat Cardinals 5-3

DETROIT (AP) Jeimer Candelario left the St. Louis Cardinals with a sinking feeling.

Candelario connected on a 102 mph sinker from Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks, hitting a two-run homer in the ninth inning Friday night that gave the Detroit Tigers a 5-3 victory.

''There are guys who throw a soft 100 mph fastball - you can see it coming and you can time it,'' Tigers catcher James McCann said. ''Hicks is throwing a hard 103. It is right on top of you, and it moves. It's tough to make contact, and he barreled it up.''

Hicks, who was facing his sixth batter, gave Candelario most of the credit.

''I was sharp and I was trying to pound the strike zone,'' he said. ''He just got good wood on it and the ball left the yard. I can't mourn a mistake. I just have to get better.''

Candelario's second career game-ending homer was made more special by the presence of his family.

''This is a blast,'' he said in a postgame television interview. ''To do this, not just in front of the fans, but in front of my family.''

Marcell Ozuna homered twice for St. Louis, which has lost four of six. The Cardinals hold a slim lead for the second NL wild-card spot.

''I'm trying to be more aggressive,'' Ozuna said. ''When my shoulder was hurting, I couldn't stay inside, but now I feel better and I can hit that pitch.''

The Tigers won their third in a row.

''That's a lot of fun,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''Those guys are in a pennant race and we're not, but we stepped up and got a victory. Those are the moments you enjoy.''

Hicks (3-4) retired the first five batters he faced, but rookie Victor Reyes slapped a 102 mph fastball to left with one out in the ninth, and Candelario hit his 18th homer on the next pitch.

''Candy is still learning at this level, but he's a strong young man,'' Gardenhire said. ''He has some tough at-bats, but he can also do that.''

Detroit closer Shane Greene (3-6) worked a scoreless ninth.

Tigers starter Daniel Norris allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out seven and gave up both of Ozuna's homers.

''I learned not to throw him a fastball over the plate,'' he said.

Norris was making his second start after missing four months with groin surgery and was starting at home for the first time since April 20.

''It was great to be out there in front of our fans, wearing our white jerseys and feeling healthy,'' he said. ''It's been a long road back.''

Cardinals starter Austin Gomber gave up three runs on six hits and three walks in six-plus innings, striking out six.

Ozuna led off the second with a home run, much to the delight of the large contingent of Cardinals fans. The Tigers made it 1-all in the bottom of the inning on Dawel Lugo's RBI groundout.

Ozuna connected for his 20th homer to begin the fourth. He also hit two home runs against Washington on Tuesday.

The Cardinals took a 3-1 lead in the fifth when Kolten Wong doubled, took third when Norris balked and scored on Francisco Pena's sacrifice fly.

Gomber retired the first two batters in the bottom half, but Reyes beat out a bunt single and the Tigers loaded the bases on Candelario's base hit and Goodrum's walk. Nicholas Castellanos lined a tying, two-run single.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: C Yadier Molina is expected to miss the three-game series in Detroit with a hamstring injury.

REYES KEEPS IMPROVING

Reyes, a Rule 5 pick who had never played above Double-A ball before this season, was hitting .118 with no walks or extra-base hits after the first 25 games of his career. Since then, playing more regularly, he is batting .261 in 60 games and hit his first career homer last week in New York.

''Once I gave him a chance, he's worked hard to become a major league player, and we expect him to stay here next year,'' Gardenhire said.

THROWBACK WEEKEND

The Tigers are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their 1968 World Series win over the Cardinals during the weekend series. Five players from the 1968 team threw out first pitches on Friday, and a ceremony will be held before Saturday's game.

UP NEXT

The teams continue the series Saturday night. Matthew Boyd (9-12, 4.24) will start for the Tigers against Jack Flaherty (8-6, 2.83).

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STL78-63
010110000361
DET58-83
010020002580
  • W: S. Greene (3-6)L: J. Hicks (3-4)
  • HR: STL - M. Ozuna 2 (20), DET - J. Candelario (18)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 1B40100011.272.388.565.9530.5
Y. Munoz RF40000012.279.344.433.778-0.5
J. Martinez DH40000022.306.365.461.826-1.0
M. Ozuna LF42222010.279.322.431.75311.5
P. DeJong SS30000000.228.308.420.7281.0
P. Wisdom 3B40000031.214.353.536.889-1.5
H. Bader CF40200020.276.347.435.7823.0
K. Wong 2B21100101.246.329.390.7194.0
F. Pena C20010022.203.244.271.5150.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Candelario 3B52321022.229.315.412.7279.0
    N. Goodrum 1B30100112.237.311.434.7451.5
    N. Castellanos RF30120102.292.347.485.8334.0
    V. Martinez DH40000017.250.296.353.649-0.5
    M. Mahtook LF31000110.218.299.374.6731.5
    J. McCann C40000021.220.268.312.581-1.0
    R. Rodriguez SS40100010.217.255.336.5911.5
    D. Lugo 2B30010121.313.333.406.7401.0
    V. Reyes CF32200001.235.251.310.5616.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Wong (16)
      • HR - M. Ozuna 2 (20)
      • SF - F. Pena (2)
      • SH - K. Wong (6)
      • RBI - M. Ozuna 2 (73), F. Pena (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter, J. Martinez 2 (2), P. Wisdom, K. Wong
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Rodriguez (5)
      • HR - J. Candelario (18)
      • SH - V. Reyes
      • RBI - J. Candelario 2 (50), N. Castellanos 2 (78), D. Lugo (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos 2 (38)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Martinez 5 (5), V. Reyes
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - H. Bader (14)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - V. Reyes (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (DeJong-Wong-Carpenter)
      • E - D. Leone
      FIELDING
      • PB - J. McCann (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Gomber6.06333602.931.3412.0
      D. Leone1.00001204.261.263.0
      J. Hicks (L, 3-4)1.12220213.211.29-5.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Gomber6.0
      D. Leone1.0
      J. Hicks (L, 3-4)1.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Norris5.04331725.471.3010.5
      D. VerHagen1.01000204.861.183.0
      D. Stumpf1.00000105.351.663.5
      J. Jimenez1.00000104.421.213.5
      S. Greene (W, 3-6)1.01000104.631.339.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Norris5.0
      D. VerHagen1.0
      D. Stumpf1.0
      J. Jimenez1.0
      S. Greene (W, 3-6)1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - D. Leone (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Gomber 95-60, D. Leone 15-8, J. Hicks 18-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Gomber 6-5, D. Leone 2-0, J. Hicks 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Gomber 26, D. Leone 5, J. Hicks 6
      PITCHING
      • HBP - D. VerHagen (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 90-57, D. VerHagen 21-11, D. Stumpf 12-8, J. Jimenez 9-7, S. Greene 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 2-6, D. Stumpf 2-0, J. Jimenez 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Norris 20, D. VerHagen 5, D. Stumpf 3, J. Jimenez 3, S. Greene 4
      • Balks - D. Norris
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      STL78-63
      010110000361
      DET58-83
      010020002580
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Carpenter 1B40100011.272.388.565.9530.5
      Y. Munoz RF40000012.279.344.433.778-0.5
      J. Martinez DH40000022.306.365.461.826-1.0
      M. Ozuna LF42222010.279.322.431.75311.5
      P. DeJong SS30000000.228.308.420.7281.0
      P. Wisdom 3B40000031.214.353.536.889-1.5
      H. Bader CF40200020.276.347.435.7823.0
      K. Wong 2B21100101.246.329.390.7194.0
      F. Pena C20010022.203.244.271.5150.0
      Total3136321129-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Candelario 3B52321022.229.315.412.7279.0
        N. Goodrum 1B30100112.237.311.434.7451.5
        N. Castellanos RF30120102.292.347.485.8334.0
        V. Martinez DH40000017.250.296.353.649-0.5
        M. Mahtook LF31000110.218.299.374.6731.5
        J. McCann C40000021.220.268.312.581-1.0
        R. Rodriguez SS40100010.217.255.336.5911.5
        D. Lugo 2B30010121.313.333.406.7401.0
        V. Reyes CF32200001.235.251.310.5616.0
        Total32585141016-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - K. Wong (16)
          • HR - M. Ozuna 2 (20)
          • SF - F. Pena (2)
          • SH - K. Wong (6)
          • RBI - M. Ozuna 2 (73), F. Pena (8)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter, J. Martinez 2 (2), P. Wisdom, K. Wong
          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Rodriguez (5)
          • HR - J. Candelario (18)
          • SH - V. Reyes
          • RBI - J. Candelario 2 (50), N. Castellanos 2 (78), D. Lugo (4)
          • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos 2 (38)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Martinez 5 (5), V. Reyes
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - H. Bader (14)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - V. Reyes (9)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (DeJong-Wong-Carpenter)
          • E - D. Leone
          FIELDING
          • PB - J. McCann (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Gomber6.06333602.931.3412.0
          D. Leone1.00001204.261.263.0
          J. Hicks (L, 3-4)1.12220213.211.29-5.0
          Total8.18554101---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Gomber6.0
          D. Leone1.0
          J. Hicks (L, 3-4)1.1
          Total8.1
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Norris5.04331725.471.3010.5
          D. VerHagen1.01000204.861.183.0
          D. Stumpf1.00000105.351.663.5
          J. Jimenez1.00000104.421.213.5
          S. Greene (W, 3-6)1.01000104.631.339.5
          Total9.06331122---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Norris5.0
          D. VerHagen1.0
          D. Stumpf1.0
          J. Jimenez1.0
          S. Greene (W, 3-6)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - D. Leone (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Gomber 95-60, D. Leone 15-8, J. Hicks 18-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Gomber 6-5, D. Leone 2-0, J. Hicks 1-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Gomber 26, D. Leone 5, J. Hicks 6
          PITCHING
          • HBP - D. VerHagen (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 90-57, D. VerHagen 21-11, D. Stumpf 12-8, J. Jimenez 9-7, S. Greene 16-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 2-6, D. Stumpf 2-0, J. Jimenez 1-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Norris 20, D. VerHagen 5, D. Stumpf 3, J. Jimenez 3, S. Greene 4
          • Balks - D. Norris
          • 9TH INNING
            Candelario homered to left, Reyes scored35
          • 5TH INNING
            Castellanos singled to left, Reyes and Candelario scored, Goodrum to second33
            Pena hit sacrifice fly to left, Wong scored31
          • 4TH INNING
            Ozuna homered to left center21
          • 2ND INNING
            Lugo grounded out to second, Mahtook scored, Rodriguez to third11
            Ozuna homered to left10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Shane Greene relieved Joe Jimenez
            • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, DeJong popped out to shortstop
            • P. Wisdom: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Wisdom struck out looking
            • H. Bader: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bader singled to left
            • K. Wong: Ball, Wong lined out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hicks Pitching:
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Lugo struck out looking
            • V. Reyes: Ball, Reyes singled to left
            • J. Candelario: Candelario homered to left, Reyes scored
          • 8TH INNING
            • Joe Jimenez relieved Daniel Stumpf
            • Y. Munoz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Munoz flied out to left
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ozuna grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jordan Hicks relieved Dominic Leone
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Mahtook struck out looking
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, McCann popped out to second
            • R. Rodriguez: Rodriguez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • D. VerHagen Pitching:
            • H. Bader: Bader singled to right center
            • Daniel Stumpf relieved Drew VerHagen
            • K. Wong: Wong hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Bader to second
            • F. Pena: Foul, Strike looking, Bader stole third, Ball, Strike swinging, Pena struck out swinging
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Carpenter grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Gomber Pitching:
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lugo walked
            • Dominic Leone relieved Austin Gomber
            • V. Reyes: Reyes hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Lugo to third on Leone throwing error
            • J. Candelario: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes stole second
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Castellanos intentionally walked
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Drew VerHagen relieved Daniel Norris
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez lined out to shortstop
            • M. Ozuna: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
            • P. DeJong: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, DeJong hit by pitch
            • P. Wisdom: Strike swinging, DeJong to second on passed ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Wisdom struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Gomber Pitching:
            • M. Mahtook: Mahtook grounded out to third
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Wong doubled to left center
            • F. Pena: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Pena hit sacrifice fly to left, Wong scored
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to second
            • Y. Munoz: Munoz lined out to center
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Gomber Pitching:
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rodriguez flied out to deep center
            • D. Lugo: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lugo struck out swinging
            • V. Reyes: Reyes reached on bunt single to second
            • J. Candelario: Candelario singled to right, Reyes to second
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goodrum walked, Reyes to third, Candelario to second
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos singled to left, Reyes and Candelario scored, Goodrum to second
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ozuna homered to left center
            • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, DeJong lined out to first
            • P. Wisdom: Ball, Foul, Foul, Wisdom fouled out to first
            • H. Bader: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Bader struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Gomber Pitching:
            • V. Martinez: Martinez lined out to left
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Mahtook popped out to first
            • J. McCann: Ball, McCann flied out to right
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wong walked
            • F. Pena: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pena struck out swinging
            • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter singled to right center, Wong to second
            • Y. Munoz: Ball, Munoz lined out to left
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Gomber Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Candelario struck out looking
            • N. Goodrum: Goodrum grounded out to third
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Castellanos grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ozuna homered to left
            • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, Ball, DeJong flied out to center
            • P. Wisdom: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Wisdom struck out swinging
            • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Gomber Pitching:
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mahtook walked
            • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • R. Rodriguez: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rodriguez doubled to deep left, Mahtook to third
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Lugo grounded out to second, Mahtook scored, Rodriguez to third
            • V. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Reyes grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
            • Y. Munoz: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Munoz struck out swinging
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Gomber Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Candelario reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Goodrum singled to left, Candelario to second
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos flied out to deep right, Candelario to third
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Martinez grounded out to second, Goodrum out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)