Riley Greene, Victor Reyes lead Detroit Tigers to 11-4 win

Riley Greene, Victor Reyes lead Detroit Tigers to 11-4 win

The Detroit Tigers took advantage of mistakes.

Then, they built on an early lead.

An important four-run second inning was fueled by a hit batter and a pair of fielding errors, but the Tigers wouldn’t have scored without timely hits, and without those big hits, they might not have won their the third game in a row against the Cleveland Guardians.

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The Tigers kept their foot on the gas and smoked the Guardians, 11-4, as the offense attacked right-hander Cal Quantrill on Tuesday for six runs across his four innings and battered the bullpen for a handful of insurance runs.

“We got some key hits at the right time,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “There were some big hits after a number of good at-bats where we made him work. … That’s the kind of offense we have to be, where we are a little bit of a quick strike against a pitcher that’s been pretty decent.”

Tigers catcher Eric Haase, center, is greeted by shortstop Harold Castro, right, after the two-run home run that also scored Miguel Cabrera during the fourth inning on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at Comerica Park.

On Wednesday, the Tigers (33-47) will attempt to sweep the four-game series ahead of a 12-game road trip against three American League Central teams: the Chicago White Sox (four games), Kansas City Royals (four games) and Guardians (four games).

“We know we need wins desperately,” catcher Eric Haase said. “To do it in the division, especially with these guys being notorious for giving us fits int he past, it’s definitely huge. We’re just playing a better brand of baseball overall, so it’s good to see and I hope it continues.”

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