- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Carlos Martinez made progress. The St. Louis Cardinals bullpen had nothing.

Miguel Cabrera ended a season-long slump in night games with a two-run homer and two singles and the Detroit Tigers also got homers from Yoenis Cespedes and J.D. Martinez, jumping on St. Louis late in a 10-4 victory Friday night.

“It was a little bit of an oddity for us, with our bullpen not being able to do what they’ve been doing,” manager Mike Matheny said.

Martinez matched his season best with eight strikeouts, but was lifted after the Tigers got two hits to open the sixth and his pitch count at 103. He gave up seven runs each of his previous two starts but Matheny thought the pitcher had his best sinker of the season.

“He’s real close. Just can’t average 20 pitches an inning,” Matheny said. “It’s just not going to work out real well. The stuff is there, it looks good, we’re just going to have to be more on the plate.”

St. Louis relievers entered with a 1.73 ERA, but Mitch Harris, Miguel Socolovich and Seth Maness all gave up runs. Maness surrendered four in the ninth and has a 5.52 ERA.

“He typically lives on the corners and we want him to stay on that path, not giving up free bases,” Matheny said. “He’ll get there. Right now, it’s a tough time.”

Martinez struck out with the bases loaded to end the St. Louis second and bunted into the third out with two on to end the fourth. Mark Reynolds fanned on a pitch in his eyes with two on to end the fifth with Detroit leading 2-0.

Cabrera entered batting just .158 with no homers and one RBI in 57 at-bats at night - he’s hit .471 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 68 at-bats by day. Manager Brad Ausmus called those numbers an “anomaly” before the game.

Cabrera hit his 399th career homer and third in two games in the seventh inning off Harris, tying Andres Galarraga for most by a Venezuelan-born player, and Martinez followed with his eighth homer to make it 5-0.

Shane Greene (4-2) allowed five hits in five scoreless innings before being removed due to numbness in his pitching arm.

Tigers leadoff man Anthony Gose had three hits and an RBI.

Jhonny Peralta and Jason Heyward hit two-run homers in the late innings for Cardinals.

Cespedes hit his fifth homer off Carlos Martinez (3-2) in the second and added a two-run double in the ninth. Gose tripled and scored on Ian Kinsler’s sacrifice fly in the fifth and added two singles, giving him seven hits the last two games.

UP NEXT

Tigers: David Price got two extra days between starts after injuring a hamstring when he stepped on a bat backing up a play behind the plate. “If I had to stay on five days, if it was the playoffs or the World Series or something and I needed to pitch, I would have been out there,” Price said.

Cardinals: Tyler Lyons makes his third start of the season. He’s 0-3 with a 6.81 ERA in 10 career games at home, six of them starts.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: Justin Verlander, on the DL with a triceps strain since the start of the season, threw 35 pitches in the bullpen.

Cardinals: Jaime Garcia (shoulder) made his second rehab start, allowing two earned runs in six innings with six strikeouts for Double-A Springfield. … OF Randal Grichuk (back) homered in extended spring training and was on his way to St. Louis, and could be activated Saturday.


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