CINCINNATI — The Tigers had done enough rallying from behind this week. They had played nine of 10 games within a margin of two runs or closer. They were ready for a runaway.
And yet, hard as it might be to believe as the Tigers strolled out of Great American Ball Park with a 15-5 win over the Reds on Friday night, Detroit was a hit away from playing from behind again in the fifth inning.
Eleven batters came to the plate in a six-run sixth inning. Six of the nine batters to reach base safely took an extra base on a hit or a throw. Jeimer Candelario had two sixth-inning hits on his way to a four-hit game. Dustin Garneau hit a two-run homer, then added a solo shot an inning later for his first multi-homer game. Jonathan Schoop also had a four-hit game, marking the first pair of four-hit Tigers in the same game since Harold Castro and Niko Goodrum did so on July 14, 2019, against the Royals.