Starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull gets rare ‘W’ to lead Detroit Tigers to 7-2 win over Cincinnati
DETROIT — 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 Reds 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.