Miguel Cabrera, Niko Goodrum lead Detroit Tigers to win in Philadelphia
By AARON BRACY
PHILADELPHIA — The Tigers have dedicated a special container for Miguel Cabrera’s milestone baseballs, and the Detroit slugger added another one to the crowded bucket.
Cabrera had an RBI single to move into a tie for 68th all-time with 2,705 career hits, and the Tigers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Cabrera matched Doc Cramer with a third-inning base hit to left.
“We are saving so many baseballs,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “It’s just incredible, all of the numbers.”
Although an infrequent visitor to Philadelphia, Cabrera enjoys hitting there. He upped his average to .322 with 20 RBIs in 39 games at Citizens Bank Park.
“It’s a nice ballpark,” he said.
Cabrera was productive at the Phillies’ former home, too, batting .409 in six games at Veterans Stadium during his rookie season in 2003 with the Marlins.
“He’s been playing a long time, but he’s been really good a long time,” Gardenhire said.
Niko Goodrum added a two-run homer and Spencer Turnbull pitched six strong innings as the Tigers snapped a four-game skid while rebounding from Sunday’s 4-1 loss at the White Sox in which they tied a major-league record for a nine-inning game by striking out 20 times.
It was the Tigers’ first meeting with the Phillies since 2016 and their first trip to Philadelphia since 2007.
“It’s a nice win against a really good baseball team,” Gardenhire said.
The NL East-leading Phillies managed just four hits while falling to 11-6 at home.
Turnbull (2-2) was a late replacement for scheduled starter Tyson Ross, who was placed on the paternity list. The rookie allowed one run and three hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
Shane Greene pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save in as many chances.
Vince Velasquez (1-1) needed 99 pitches to get through 3 2/3 innings before being lifted.
The right-hander’s night — and the Phillies’ — took a turn for the worse in the third when first baseman Rhys Hoskins lost Nicholas Castellanos’ pop fly in the lights, resulting in an unlikely double. What should’ve been the second out with nobody on base turned into a three-run inning.