Cooper hits slam in 9th, Marlins top Tigers, 6th win in row

DETROIT (AP) A day after hitting his first major league home run, Garrett Cooper connected again.

In grand fashion, too.

Cooper hit a grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning and the Miami Marlins won their sixth in a row, rallying past Detroit 5-2 Thursday to finish a terrible homestand for the Tigers.

Cooper jumped up and down up the first base line as his ball sailed into the left field seats.

''Probably one of the better feelings, I think I pimped it a little bit,'' Cooper said. ''As soon as I got it off the bat, I knew I got it pretty good.''

The Marlins, who had the worst record in the majors last week, extended the longest active winning streak in the big leagues.

The Tigers wrapped up an 0-9 stay at Comerica Park against Houston, Oakland and the Marlins. That record doesn't include a suspended game in which Detroit trails Oakland in the late innings.

Cooper homered off Shane Greene (0-2), who had been 15 for 15 on save chances this season.

''I just got to pitch better,'' Greene said. ''It's my job to close the door there and I couldn't do it.''

Instead, Cooper homered on an 0-1 pitch.

''As I walked in and told those guys, this is really hard,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''We have to stick together, we have to have each other's backs. There's kids in there that are really upset. They know how the game went, they know what happened. We have to have their backs and I have their backs.''

The mistakes were made by third baseman Dawel Lugo and second baseman Ronny Rodriguez, who made their debuts last season and have 124 big league games between them.

It was 2-0 when Harold Ramirez opened the inning with a grounder that Lugo misplayed for an error. Ramirez scored on Neil Walker's single.

Greene later induced a double-play ball to Rodriguez that would've ended the game. But Rodriguez bobbled it and Miguel Rojas was called safe at first, which was held up on replay.

''The only person I'm pointing the finger at today is myself,'' Greene said. ''I just got to make a pitch and pick up the team there and I couldn't do it.''

After an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson loaded the bases, Cooper took Greene deep.

On Wednesday, Cooper hit a home run in the sixth inning to spark a 6-3 comeback win in his 39th career game.

''It's been an up-and-down roller coaster this past year and a half,'' he said. ''Just to play every day, that's what I've been doing my whole life and doing in the minor leagues.''

Miami finished off its second straight sweep, having beaten the New York Mets last weekend.

''The club is gaining a little confidence, but it goes back to our starting pitching giving us a chance,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

Marlins starter Trevor Richards struck out six over 5 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits and one run.

Tyler Kinley (1-0) gave up one run in the eighth and got the win. Sergio Romo earned his ninth save with a perfect ninth.

For Detroit, right-hander Matthew Boyd threw six scoreless innings and Miguel Cabrera continued moving up the all-time lists.

Cabrera had an RBI single in the eighth. It was his second hit of the game and moved Cabrera into 60th place on baseball's career hit list with 2,727, one more than Chipper Jones.

With the bases loaded in the sixth inning, Rodriguez hit a flyball to left field. Austin Dean made a sliding catch on the sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.

MIGGY MILESTONE

Cabrera went into the game tied with Carlos Beltran for 61st on the hits list.

STREAKY STRETCH

After beating the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on May 6, the Marlins dropped three straight at Wrigley Field to open a seven-game losing streak, which included two-game sweeps against the New York Mets and Tampa Bay. Then, Miami swept the Mets and Tigers, taking three in Detroit by a combined six runs.

''Just as bad as it looks one day, it looks great six days later,'' Mattingly said. ''Stay humble, keep working and just try to ride this as long as we can.''

UP NEXT

Marlins: Coming off the best start of his career, RHP Pablo Lopez (3-5, 5.06 ERA) will start Friday at Washington and RHP Kyle McGowin (0-0, 6.00).

Tigers: Rookie LHP Gregory Soto (0-2, 10.80) opens a three-game series and nine-game road trip Friday at the Mets, who are throwing RHP Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.50).

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  • W: T. Kinley (1-0)L: S. Greene (0-2)S: S. Romo (9)
  • HR: MIA - G. Cooper (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Dean LF40100002.200.194.400.5942.0
a- C. Granderson PH-LF01000100.183.286.367.6522.0
G. Cooper RF-1B51141013.171.277.317.5948.5
B. Anderson 3B40000020.229.308.343.6510.0
S. Castro 2B40100002.227.272.287.5591.0
H. Ramirez CF-RF41100010.296.321.407.7291.5
M. Prado DH40000023.250.271.321.593-1.0
N. Walker 1B40110013.289.368.422.7901.5
R. Herrera PR-CF01000000.195.275.244.5191.0
J. Alfaro C20100213.244.308.397.7052.5
M. Rojas SS41100003.250.305.289.5954.0
T. Richards P0000-000.071.133.071.000-
A. Conley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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S. Romo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-was walked intentionally for Dean in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Beckham SS40100010.240.337.480.817-0.5
N. Goodrum CF-LF42200021.213.310.347.6573.0
N. Castellanos RF40300000.264.315.440.7544.0
M. Cabrera DH30210100.298.370.363.7324.0
J. Harrison PR-DH00000000.164.206.254.4600.0
R. Rodriguez 2B30010024.262.293.570.8630.0
C. Stewart LF30100004.206.295.402.6971.0
J. Jones CF10000000.173.252.309.5610.0
B. Dixon 1B40200020.291.316.527.8432.0
G. Greiner C40000011.175.228.281.508-0.5
D. Lugo 3B30000001.105.182.263.4450.0
M. Boyd P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Hardy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Jimenez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Greene P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Dean (3)
    • HR - G. Cooper (2)
    • RBI - G. Cooper 4 (7), N. Walker (9)
    • 2-Out RBI - G. Cooper 4 (4)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Cooper 2 (2), S. Castro 2 (2), J. Alfaro 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Castellanos (14), B. Dixon (4)
    • SF - R. Rodriguez (3)
    • RBI - M. Cabrera (19), R. Rodriguez (19)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Stewart 4 (4), B. Dixon
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Rojas (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - G. Beckham
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - G. Cooper (2)
    • DP - 3 (Alfaro-Rojas; Anderson-Castro-Walker; Rojas-Castro-Walker)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Rodriguez-Dixon)
    • E - G. Beckham (3), D. Lugo
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Richards5.28111604.141.408.0
    A. Conley1.10000106.001.503.5
    T. Kinley (W, 1-0)1.03110005.751.926.0
    S. Romo (S, 9)1.00000104.501.3910.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Richards5.2
    A. Conley1.1
    T. Kinley (W, 1-0)1.0
    S. Romo (S, 9)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Boyd6.05001703.111.0118.5
    B. Hardy (H, 3)1.00000006.000.943.0
    J. Jimenez (H, 9)1.00000103.981.283.5
    S. Greene (L, 0-2) (BS, 1)1.02502011.290.90-6.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Boyd6.0
    B. Hardy (H, 3)1.0
    J. Jimenez (H, 9)1.0
    S. Greene (L, 0-2) (BS, 1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - T. Richards (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 91-60, A. Conley 18-11, T. Kinley 13-11, S. Romo 13-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 4-4, A. Conley 1-2, T. Kinley 2-0, S. Romo 1-1
    • Batters Faced - T. Richards 23, A. Conley 4, T. Kinley 5, S. Romo 3
    PITCHING
    • IBB - S. Greene
    • HBP - M. Boyd (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 102-69, B. Hardy 9-7, J. Jimenez 7-7, S. Greene 25-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 4-8, B. Hardy 1-1, J. Jimenez 1-1, S. Greene 3-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 26, B. Hardy 2, J. Jimenez 3, S. Greene 8
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    A. Dean LF40100002.200.194.400.5942.0
    a- C. Granderson PH-LF01000100.183.286.367.6522.0
    G. Cooper RF-1B51141013.171.277.317.5948.5
    B. Anderson 3B40000020.229.308.343.6510.0
    S. Castro 2B40100002.227.272.287.5591.0
    H. Ramirez CF-RF41100010.296.321.407.7291.5
    M. Prado DH40000023.250.271.321.593-1.0
    N. Walker 1B40110013.289.368.422.7901.5
    R. Herrera PR-CF01000000.195.275.244.5191.0
    J. Alfaro C20100213.244.308.397.7052.5
    M. Rojas SS41100003.250.305.289.5954.0
    T. Richards P0000-000.071.133.071.000-
    A. Conley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. Kinley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    S. Romo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Total3557513819-----
    • a-was walked intentionally for Dean in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Beckham SS40100010.240.337.480.817-0.5
    N. Goodrum CF-LF42200021.213.310.347.6573.0
    N. Castellanos RF40300000.264.315.440.7544.0
    M. Cabrera DH30210100.298.370.363.7324.0
    J. Harrison PR-DH00000000.164.206.254.4600.0
    R. Rodriguez 2B30010024.262.293.570.8630.0
    C. Stewart LF30100004.206.295.402.6971.0
    J. Jones CF10000000.173.252.309.5610.0
    B. Dixon 1B40200020.291.316.527.8432.0
    G. Greiner C40000011.175.228.281.508-0.5
    D. Lugo 3B30000001.105.182.263.4450.0
    M. Boyd P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    B. Hardy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Jimenez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    S. Greene P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Total33211201811-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Dean (3)
      • HR - G. Cooper (2)
      • RBI - G. Cooper 4 (7), N. Walker (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Cooper 4 (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Cooper 2 (2), S. Castro 2 (2), J. Alfaro 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Castellanos (14), B. Dixon (4)
      • SF - R. Rodriguez (3)
      • RBI - M. Cabrera (19), R. Rodriguez (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Stewart 4 (4), B. Dixon
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Rojas (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - G. Beckham
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - G. Cooper (2)
      • DP - 3 (Alfaro-Rojas; Anderson-Castro-Walker; Rojas-Castro-Walker)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Rodriguez-Dixon)
      • E - G. Beckham (3), D. Lugo
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Richards5.28111604.141.408.0
      A. Conley1.10000106.001.503.5
      T. Kinley (W, 1-0)1.03110005.751.926.0
      S. Romo (S, 9)1.00000104.501.3910.5
      Total9.01122180---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Richards5.2
      A. Conley1.1
      T. Kinley (W, 1-0)1.0
      S. Romo (S, 9)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Boyd6.05001703.111.0118.5
      B. Hardy (H, 3)1.00000006.000.943.0
      J. Jimenez (H, 9)1.00000103.981.283.5
      S. Greene (L, 0-2) (BS, 1)1.02502011.290.90-6.0
      Total9.0750381---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Boyd6.0
      B. Hardy (H, 3)1.0
      J. Jimenez (H, 9)1.0
      S. Greene (L, 0-2) (BS, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - T. Richards (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 91-60, A. Conley 18-11, T. Kinley 13-11, S. Romo 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 4-4, A. Conley 1-2, T. Kinley 2-0, S. Romo 1-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Richards 23, A. Conley 4, T. Kinley 5, S. Romo 3
      PITCHING
      • IBB - S. Greene
      • HBP - M. Boyd (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 102-69, B. Hardy 9-7, J. Jimenez 7-7, S. Greene 25-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 4-8, B. Hardy 1-1, J. Jimenez 1-1, S. Greene 3-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 26, B. Hardy 2, J. Jimenez 3, S. Greene 8
      • 9TH INNING
        Cooper homered to left, Herrera, Rojas and Granderson scored52
        Walker singled to right, Ramirez scored12
      • 8TH INNING
        Cabrera singled to shallow right, Goodrum scored, Castellanos to third02
      • 6TH INNING
        Rodriguez hit sacrifice fly to left, Goodrum scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Shane Greene relieved Joe Jimenez
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez safe at first on 3rd baseman Lugo fielding error
        • M. Prado: Strike looking, Prado grounded out to second, Ramirez to second
        • N. Walker: Ball, Foul, Ball, Walker singled to right, Ramirez scored
        • Rosell Herrera ran for Neil Walker
        • J. Alfaro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alfaro walked, Herrera to second
        • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rojas reached on fielder's choice to second, Herrera to third, Alfaro out at second
        • Curtis Granderson hit for Austin Dean
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Rojas stole second, Granderson intentionally walked
        • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Cooper homered to left, Herrera, Rojas and Granderson scored
        • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Anderson flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 9th (5 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Sergio Romo relieved Tyler Kinley
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Jones grounded out to third
        • B. Dixon: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
        • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Greiner popped out to second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joe Jimenez relieved Blaine Hardy
        • JaCoby Jones in center field
        • G. Cooper: Foul, Cooper grounded out to third
        • B. Anderson: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • S. Castro: Foul, Castro lined out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Kinley relieved Adam Conley
        • G. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beckham grounded out to third
        • N. Goodrum: Goodrum singled to shallow center
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castellanos singled to left center, Goodrum to second
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera singled to shallow right, Goodrum scored, Castellanos to third
        • Josh Harrison ran for Miguel Cabrera
        • R. Rodriguez: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Rodriguez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Harrison out at second
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • J. Alfaro: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alfaro walked
        • Blaine Hardy relieved Matthew Boyd
        • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Rojas lined into double play second to first, Alfaro out at first
        • A. Dean: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dean grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Conley Pitching:
        • B. Dixon: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Dixon struck out on foul tip
        • G. Greiner: Ball, Foul, Greiner grounded out to second
        • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lugo lined out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ramirez lined out to shortstop
        • M. Prado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Prado struck out looking
        • N. Walker: Ball, Foul, Walker lined out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • G. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Beckham flied out to left
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Foul, Ball, Goodrum singled to center
        • N. Castellanos: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Castellanos doubled to right, Goodrum to third
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera intentionally walked
        • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Rodriguez hit sacrifice fly to left, Goodrum scored
        • Adam Conley relieved Trevor Richards
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Stewart flied out to deep center
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rojas flied out to right
        • A. Dean: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Dean doubled to deep left
        • G. Cooper: Ball, Cooper lined out to first
        • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Ball, Anderson hit by pitch
        • S. Castro: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Castro grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • B. Dixon: Dixon singled to center
        • G. Greiner: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Greiner struck out swinging
        • D. Lugo: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Lugo grounded into double play third to second to first, Dixon out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • B. Anderson: Anderson grounded out to second
        • S. Castro: Castro singled to center
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez singled to left, Castro to second
        • M. Prado: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Prado reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Castro to third, Ramirez to second on shortstop Beckham fielding error
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
        • J. Alfaro: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos singled to center
        • M. Cabrera: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera singled to center, Castellanos to second
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Rodriguez struck out looking
        • C. Stewart: Stewart grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • N. Walker: Foul, Foul, Walker lined out to third
        • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike looking, Alfaro singled to left
        • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Rojas singled to right, Alfaro to second
        • A. Dean: Ball, Dean flied out to right
        • G. Cooper: Strike swinging, Foul, Cooper lined out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • G. Greiner: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Greiner popped out to second
        • D. Lugo: Lugo lined out to right
        • G. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • S. Castro: Castro lined out to first
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • M. Prado: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Prado struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Stewart singled to shallow left
        • B. Dixon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Dixon doubled to deep right, Stewart out at home
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • A. Dean: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dean grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cooper struck out swinging
        • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Anderson struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • G. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Beckham singled to right center
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging, Beckham caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
        • N. Castellanos: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Castellanos grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)