Fulmer and Tigers put an end to the Giants six-game winning streak 5-3

July 4, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer (32) and left fielder Justin Upton hug after the baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

By Jeremy Kahn

Michael Fulmer won the American League Rookie of the Year for the Detroit Tigers, and his performance in the opener against the San Francisco Giants showed why he won the award.

Fulmer gave up a huge game-tying two-run home run to Brandon Crawford in the top of the seventh inning, but that did not worry the right-hander, but he was able to go eight innings and the Tigers defeated the Giants 5-3 at Comerica Park.

After Crawford’s two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning, the game was tied for all of a half-inning, as Justin Upton hit a two-out two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning, helping the Tigers put a stop to the Giants season-high six-game winning streak.

Justin Wilson came on for Fulmer and pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his eighth save in nine opportunities since he became the closer in May. Also during that same time frame, Wilson is 2-2.

Hunter Pence gave the Giants an 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as he hit a solo home run off of Fulmer. That was the first home run allowed by Fulmer in 73.2 innings, the longest active streak in the majors.

The Crawford home run allowed by Fulmer marked the first time this season that he allowed two home runs in the same game.

Victor Martinez tied up the game in the bottom of the second inning, as he took a Matt Cain offering and planted it into the right field seats.

Martinez added a run-scoring single to score Justin Upton in the bottom of the fourth to score Justin Upton, who walked to lead off the inning. Nick Castellanos then hit a sacrifice fly to score Miguel Cabrera from third to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead.

Matt Cain went 6.1 innings, allowing five runs and seven hits, as his record fell to 3-9 on the season. Cain is 0-7 in nine starts since his last win on May 15 against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park.

NOTES: Ty Blach will make his first ever start against the Tigers on Wednesday night, while the Tigers will send Daniel Norris to the mound. This will also be the first ever start by Norris against the Giants.

Cabrera was forced to leave the game in the top of the seventh inning with tightness in his left hip, and was replaced at first base by Andrew Romine.


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