Floodgates open for Tigers’ offense in 7-3 win, ending four-game skid

By ANTHONY FENECH

Tribune News Service

The rain stopped.

It was intermittent during the early innings at Comerica Park this afternoon. But as the bottom of the fourth inning began, the rain stopped.

The Detroit Tigers, meanwhile, did their best to keep it going. It wasn’t powerful, it wasn’t pretty, but batter after batter early in the frame, they kept dropping balls into the outfield.

And by the time the fourth ended, the team had the offensive breakthrough it had been looking for the past four games.

The Tigers batted around in the fourth inning, scoring four runs on five hits, and injury substitutes John Hicks and Jim Adduci kept the team treading water while they anxiously await the return of their superstars. They snapped a four-game losing streak, beating the White Sox, 7-3.

The Tigers provided right-hander Jordan Zimmermann with sufficient support in the win.

The win pulled the team to the .500 mark on the season (12-12).

Hicks hit an RBI single in fourth inning, recorded his third multi-hit game, and scored two runs in the win. Justin Upton led off the inning with a single. Alex Avila — who has been the team’s most consistent hitter as of late — followed with a single. Adduci drove Upton in on a double. Hicks drove Avila in on a single. Nick Castellanos then got in on the act a few batters later with a RBI single.

On just 14 pitches from White Sox right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, the Tigers batted around, giving Zimmermann more than enough run support to work with in perhaps his best start of the season.

Adduci had a double and scored twice.

Top-to-bottom, the Tigers hit, totaling 14. Avila and Castellanos each had three hits. Upton hit his fifth home run of the season in the second inning, a solo shot. Jose Iglesias put the game out of reach with an RBI double in the fifth inning.

Zimmermann was the beneficiary and showed his best slider of the season. He fell into trouble at points but was generally effective and induced many more swings and misses than in any start this season. He threw five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

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