Cespedes’ two homers lift Detroit past Chicago

GRAND SLAM: Detroit Tigers’ left fielder Yoenis Cespedes celebrates after hitting his first career grand slam Sunday against the Chicago White Sox. (Detroit Free Press photo)

GRAND SLAM: Detroit Tigers’ left fielder Yoenis Cespedes celebrates after hitting his first career grand slam Sunday against the Chicago White Sox. (Detroit Free Press photo)

Cespedes hits grand slam as Tigers roll past White Sox 9-1

DETROIT — Baseball is a game of numbers.

And early in the rubber match of a three-game set between the Tigers and White Sox — it was the first inning, there were two out and the bases were loaded — these were the numbers that circled around Comerica Park:

Tigers leftfielder Yoenis Cespedes’ numbers against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana, 4-for-6 with two home runs.

Cespedes’ numbers lifetime with the bases loaded, 12-for-25.

And when a full-count fastball collided with Cespedes’ bat, so, too, did those numbers – and they created a crooked number on the scoreboard when he hit the first grand slam of his career.

Cespedes’ slam set off the Tigers’ offense once again as they throttled the White Sox in front of 30,357 Saturday, 9-1.

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He added a second home run off Quintana two innings later.

It was the sixth multi-home run game of his career. He went 2-for-4 with a career-high six RBIs.

Cespedes’ offense was more than enough for right-hander Shane Greene, who won his third consecutive start to open the season.

This time, though, he didn’t make it through unscathed.

Greene allowed his first earned run of the season on a Jose Abreu triple in the sixth inning, aided by a J.D. Martinez misplay. His ERA stands at 0.39.

He threw 102 pitches over seven innings, allowing one run on five hits. He walked four and struck out three.

Greene had previously pitched 21-plus innings without allowing an earned run.

Every Tigers hitter in the starting lineup except J.D. Martinez recorded a hit. Victor Martinez went 3-for-3, scoring his first run of the season and producing his first extra-base hit. Ian Kinsler had two hits, Jose Iglesias and Rajai Davis each had a hit – extending their hitting streaks to five games apiece – and Miguel Cabrera doubled off the leftfield wall.

After scoring seven runs in their previous four games, the Tigers scored nine.

They remain on top of the American League Central heading into a three-game series against the Yankees, which begins with the first night game of the season at Comerica Park on Monday night.

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