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Turnbull picks up first victory in Tigers’ win over Reds

AP photo Detroit Tigers’ Travis Demeritte beats the tag of Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Nate Jones (57) to score at home plate on a wild pitch in the seventh inning of Friday’s game in Detroit.

DETROIT (AP) — Spencer Turnbull and the Detroit bullpen combined on a three-hitter, Austin Romine and Travis Demeritte each drove in two runs and the Tigers beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 Friday night.

Turnbull led the majors in losses last season in going 3-17 as a rookie. The 27-year-old righty pitched five effective innings at Cincinnati last weekend in getting a no-decision in his first start, then fared well in his second time against the Reds.

Turnbull (1-0) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings. He struck out six, walked one and didn’t allow a hit until former Tigers teammate Nick Castellanos doubled leading off the fifth.

Detroit relievers Gregory Soto, Buck Farmer and Bryan Garcia retired nine consecutive batters in the final three innings.

Luis Castillo (0-1) gave up five runs on eight hits in six-plus innings.

The Tigers scored twice in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead on Romine’s RBI double and Jacoby Jones’ run-scoring single. They added two in the seventh to chase Castillo on Romine’s RBI single and Nate Jones’ wild pitch.

Demeritte hit a two-run double in the eighth. He had entered the game in the seventh as a pinch runner.

The Red took a 2-1 advantage in the fifth as Nick Senzel’s double and Tucker Barnhart’s single brought in the runs.

Niko Goodrum’s sacrifice fly gave Detroit a 1-0 lead in the third.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: Placed LHP Wade Miley on the injured list, retroactive to Tuesday, with a strained left groin.

Tigers: OF Cameron Maybin was placed on the injured list with a strained right quadriceps. He sustained the injury while legging out an infield single in the ninth inning of Thursday night’s 5-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Detroit recalled Demeritte, an outfielder, from its satellite campus in Toledo to take Maybin’s place. Demeritte had a groin injury during much of summer camp.

UP NEXT

Trevor Bauer (0-0, 1.42) goes for the Reds against Michael Fulmer (0-0, 13.50), in the second game of the series on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. Fulmer is making his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery. Fulmer’s first start was also against Cincinnati.

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