LAKELAND, Florida -- The Detroit Tigers knocked five home runs against the New York Yankees to help the team from the Motor City lock up a 10-6 win in Grapefruit League action.
The Tigers got the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back home runs from Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez off Chad Green for a quick 3-0 lead at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Miguel Cabrera added a run in the third inning by scoring Ian Kinsler with a first pitch fly out to right fielder Aaron Judge.
In the game, Judge went 0-for-5 and is now 1-for-19 at the dish. The 6-foot-7 outfielder dominated at Double-A Eastern League in 2015 and moved up to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the second half of the season. The Yankees would not trade him at the 2015 Trade Deadline, so he has got to be in the future picture in New York.
Logan Kensing got the start due to an illness to Kyle Ryan that appeared last last night and continued into the morning. Kensing, who is now 1-1 this spring, struck out three hitters and only gave up two hits. Kensing
In the top of the fourth inning, the Yankees cut the deficit to two runs as Austin Romine, brother of Tigers infielder Andrew Romine, hit a two-run shot.
The home run was given up by Lendy Castillo. The 26-year-old gave up two runs on two hits and a walk. Castillo now holds a 3.48 ERA this spring.
The Tigers got a run back in the fourth inning as J.D. Martinez let everyone know the ball was flying. The right fielder crushed a home run to give the Tigers a 5-2 edge. In the next inning, Kinsler sent a ball to the seats for his fifth home run of the spring and Detroit increased their lead to four runs once again.
Green took the loss for the Yankees on Thursday. The 24-year-old right-handed pitcher gave up six runs (five earned runs) on six hits and two walks. Green struck out four batters and gave up as many home runs.
After a wild pitch by Bobby Parnell allowed Jose Rosario and Jorge Mateo to cross home and cut New York's deficit to two runs, the Tigers increased their lead to four. Kinsler few out, but it was deep enough to score Anthony Gose. Moments later, Cabrera singled in Cam Gibson for an 8-4 lead in the seventh inning.
Parnell gave up two runs on four hits and a walk, but did record two strikeouts across 0.2 innings of work. Tyler Webb gave up three of the last four runs scored by the Tigers and only made it 2.1 innings.
Last but not least, J.D. Martinez crushed his third home run of the game and seventh home run of the spring off Conor Mullee in the bottom of the seventh, scoring Chad Huffman. Mullee went 1.1 innings and picked up three strikeouts, but gave up the home run.
The slugger, J.D. Martinez, hit 38 home runs during the 2015 season. Believe it or not, nine game in the eighth inning or later and 17 were to dead center. He has a cannon in right field and can swing the bat like anyone in the league. It has been just over two years since Martinez was released by the Astros to make room for Robbie Grossman.
The Yankees got two runs back on Jorge Mateo's two RBI single, but Warwick Saupold stayed in the game and shut the door to finalize the 10-6 victory for the Tigers.
The Tigers host the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 PM ET on Friday at Joker Marchant Stadium in Grapefruit League action. The Yankees will travel to play the Miami Marlins at 7:10 PM ET on Friday at Marlins Park in an exhibition game.