Tigers find offensive groove
Detroit belts three homers and scores 10 runs vs. shaky Nats
TIGERS 10, NATIONALS 2
at Lakeland, Fla.
Thursday, March 5
Nationals at the plate: Both Washington runs came in a three-batter stretch during the second inning, capped by a two-run single by Anderson Hernandez which scored Javier Valentin and Joel Guzman. Valentin and Elijah Dukes both had a hit and a walk.
Tigers at the plate: Jeff Larish hit a pair of solo home runs -- one an opposite-field shot to left, the other pulled deep to right and off the batting cages. The second homer was the tail end of back-to-back blasts, following a Marcus Thames solo shot. Gerald Laird added a two-run single in the third before leaving the game with tightness in his left quadriceps. Matt Treanor, who replaced Laird, capped the offensive outburst with a three-run homer in the eighth. Alexis Gomez had two hits, including a double.
Nationals on the mound: Gustavo Chacin made the start in place of Shawn Hill and struggled after retiring the side in order in the opening inning. He left the game after walking four batters in the third, including three in a row ahead of Laird's two-run single. J.D. Martin followed and gave up three runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Tigers on the mound: Starter Zach Miner retired the first five batters he faced before falling out of sync in a three-batter stretch in the second inning. He recovered to send down the last four batters he faced. Juan Rincon turned in two solid innings, striking out three batters against a hit and a walk.
Grapefruit League records: Nationals 3-4, Tigers 3-3
Up next: The Tigers make their first trip to George M. Steinbrenner Field in two years for a Friday night matchup at 7:15 ET with the Yankees and C.C. Sabathia. Justin Verlander will make his third start of Spring Training, followed by Brandon Lyon, Bobby Seay and Freddy Dolsi. Former Tigers farmhand Anthony Claggett is on the pitching list for New York.
The Nationals have a long trip ahead of them, back to Viera, Fla., and then down to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for a 1:05 p.m. matchup with the Orioles on Friday. Daniel Cabrera will make the start opposite David Pauley. The game will be broadcast locally on MASN and nationally on the MLB Network.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.