The Detroit Tigers scored seven runs in the first inning and JaCoby Jones made a jaw-dropping, home-run-stealing catch in center field in a 7-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park.
Rangers starter Cole Hamels couldn’t make it out of the first inning, although he was victimized by a fluke infield hit that bounce off his glove and a critical three-run error by Delino DeShields in center field.
Tigers starter Mike Fiers logged his third consecutive impressive start, allowing just one run in six innings. He struck out six and walked one.
Tigers second baseman Niko Goodrum reached base in all five plate appearances Saturday, logging three singles, a double and a walk.
But it will be the play by Jones that rightfully makes all the highlights.
He made a perfectly timed leap to scale the fence in left-center, reaching over the wall to take a home run away from Adrian Beltre in the sixth inning.
Jones received a loud ovation from the crowd. There was even a brief pause in the game as everyone on the field (and in the stands) admired the replay on the Comerica Park video board.
The Tigers (40-51) have won two in a row and have ensured at least a split of the series with the Rangers (39-51).