Detroit Tigers earn twinbill split after makeup games at St. Louis
By STEVE OVERBEY
ST. LOUIS — Jeimer Candelario capped off a two-homer day with a two-run, bases-loaded single in the seventh inning to help the Detroit Tigers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 on Thursday for a doubleheader split.
“We needed that,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. “A good last-inning effort. We had a lot of players stepping up.”
The Cardinals won the opener 12-2 behind a five-homer attack.
In the first game, Yadier Molina, wearing uniform No. 21 in honor of Roberto Clemente, hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the second inning for the Cardinals.
Candelario hit a two-run homer in the first game and added a solo shot in the nightcap.
Jose Cisnero (2-2) picked up the win for the Tigers in Game 2 as Giovanny Gallegos (1-2) lost.
Jorge Bonifacio added a two-run homer for Detroit in a late five-run rally. Tommy Edman homered for St. Louis.
The highlight of the Cardinals’ six-homer day was Molina’s emotional blast.
The normally stoic Molina jumped into the air after passing first base and appeared to wipe away a tear with his uniform sleeve as he approached home plate.
Born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Molina was among players from the commonwealth who wore the number as part of Major League Baseball’s tributes this week to Clemente, who died when a plane crashed en route to a relief mission in Nicaragua on Dec. 31, 1972.
Molina put St. Louis ahead 2-0 in the second against Tarik Skubal (1-2) with his third home run this season.
The Tigers were coming off a 19-0 loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday, the largest defeat in franchise history.
Flaherty (3-1) allowed four hits in five innings, struck out six and walked two. He enjoyed watching Molina succeed on his special day.
Thomas and O’Neill hit two-run homers in a seven-run third that boosted the lead to 9-0.