Detroit Tigers pound San Diego Padres 12-4 on Monday
By DAVE HOGG
DETROIT — Eric Haase hit a grand slam off Sean Manaea, Jeimer Candelario homered twice and the Detroit Tigers routed the San Diego Padres 12-4 Monday night.
Miguel Cabrera hit his 506th career homer in the sixth inning and moved past Al Simmons for 13th on the career RBI list with 1,840.
“I’m tired,” joked Cabrera, who hadn’t homered since May 15. “It is the first time I’ve run around the bases in years.”
Manaea (5-5) was pummeled for a career-worst nine runs in 3 1/3 innings, including five unearned runs in the third.
“They got something going, and instead of focusing on getting it stopped, I let it snowball,” he said. “That’s just a lack of focus.”
Making things worse for the Padres, his replacement, promising young left-hander MacKenzie Gore, was pulled with an injury.
Gore, ranked among the game’s top pitching prospects before debuting this season, got four outs despite an average fastball velocity 2 mph slower than normal. He left with a trainer during the fifth inning.
The Tigers had lost 11 of 13, scoring five runs in the last three games.
“This felt great, because everyone was contributing and we scored a lot of runs,” said Candelario, who entered the game hitting .194. “We have to keep this rolling if we want to start winning games.”
San Diego, which didn’t arrive in Detroit until the early hours of Monday morning, lost its second in a row.
Manaea gave up eight hits, including two home runs, and walked one batter while striking out nine.
The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the third on Jurickson Profar’s homer, but Detroit loaded the bases with no one out in the bottom of the inning on an error and two singles.
Javier Báez tied it with a sacrifice fly and Willi Castro moved to third. After Robbie Grossman popped out, Manaea walked Cabrera to reload the bases, and Haase hit a line drive to right that hit the top of the fence.
The play was originally ruled a double but changed to a grand slam via instant replay.
Candelario made it 6-1 with a long homer in the fourth, and Báez’s RBI double ended Manaea’s night later in the inning.