Miguel Cabrera’s teammates provided all the offense in his first game back from the disabled list.
The Detroit Tigers scored four runs in the second inning and Blaine Hardy made another strong start in a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday night at Comerica Park.
The Tigers (27-30) have won five of their last six and are now 18-12 at home this season. The Blue Jays (25-32) have lost four in a row.
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias, who sat out Thursday with a hip contusion, was responsible for seven of nine outs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, vacuuming up the grounders produced by Hardy’s soft-tossing arsenal.
The Tigers were working with a depleted bullpen due to workload issues, meaning newcomer Johnny Barbato started the eighth inning and long man Artie Lewicki had to come bail him out of a bases-loaded jam.
But the bridge to Shane Greene was successful, and he recorded a scoreless ninth to get the save.
* Iglesias stole his eighth base of the season in the second inning. He’s on pace to easily beat his career high of 11 in 2015.
* The Tigers have doubled in 48 consecutive games, an impressive feat but still 27 games behind the Cleveland Indians’ 75-game record set in 1996.
* Jeimer Candelario’s RBI single in the second inning extended his on-base streak to 26 games, the longest current mark in the big leagues.
* Blue Jays reliever John Axford rode into the game on the Comerica Park bullpen cart, the first player to do so since it was introduced earlier this season.
* Lewicki was awarded his first career hold.
The Tigers and Blue Jays meet again on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. in another meeting of two left-handers. The Tigers’ Matthew Boyd (3-4, 3.00 ERA) will face J.A. Happ (7-3, 3.84).
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— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) June 2, 2018