Detroit Tigers' offense looks vintage in Lou Whitaker Night 9-1 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday


Associated Press

DETROIT — Harold Castro drove in two runs and scored twice as the Detroit Tigers ended a three-game skid with a 9-1 win Saturday over All-Star Shane McClanahan and the Tampa Bay Rays on Lou Whitaker Night.

Playing in front of their first sellout crowd since opening day, the Tigers won for the fifth time in 16 games on the night they retired Whitaker’s No. 1. Garrett Hill (2-3) picked up the win, allowing one run in 5 1/3 innings.

“Lou spent some time in our clubhouse, talking to our players, and it was awesome to meet him,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “It was cool to come out of honoring him with that ceremony and follow it up with one of our best games of the season in front of one of our best crowds.”

McClanahan (10-5) gave up four runs on six hits in seven innings.

Yu Chang gave the Rays a 1-0 lead with a second-inning homer, but the Rays missed other opportunities in the first and fifth innings.

Detroit went ahead 2-1 in their half of the fifth. Willi Castro doubled, took third on a flyball to center and scored the tying run on Harold Castro’s base hit. Harold Castro scored from first on Victor Reyes’ double when catcher Christian Bethancourt couldn’t handle the relay from shortstop Taylor Walls.

The Tigers put the game away with a five-run seventh, keyed by Javier Baez’s two-run double.