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Michael Fulmer, Tigers defeat Blue Jays

MLB.com - Sunday 16th July, 2017

J.D. Martinez swats a pitch over the right-field fence for a three-run home run, giving the Tigers an 11-1 lead in the 8th inning

"Today was a good one for me," Fulmer said. "Honestly, I kind of needed it, just to be able to throw the ball and get ground balls and popups and miss barrels. The defense played great and made every play for me."

Castellanos crushes one: Home plate was covered in shadows despite a sunny sky for the 6:10 p.m. ET start, making things tough on hitters early. Castellanos didn't seem to mind, sending a Liriano fastball out to right field for his 11th home run of the season, and his fifth to the opposite field.

"There's no question he's been our best pitcher this year. If the ace is your best pitcher in a season, then he's been the ace." -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, on Fulmer

"He didn't look comfortable on the mound. He looked like he was pulling off a little bit, kind of falling off toward the third-base side. And he does it every once in a while, but not as consistent as he was doing it today. I've seen him battle through some things, but he definitely looked like he wasn't 100 percent comfortable." -- Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin, on Liriano

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The Blue Jays were held to two hits for the first time since Sept. 14, 2016, against the Rays. It was the second two-hitter of the year for the Tigers, after Fulmer and Shane Greene combined for one against the Padres in a 1-0 loss on June 23.

WHAT'S NEXT

Blue Jays: Marco Estrada gets the nod in the series finale at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, looking to bounce back from a recent slide; he has a 9.46 ERA since the beginning of June. Estrada won his only career start against the Tigers in 2015, when he pitched five innings and gave up two runs.

Tigers: Anibal Sanchez will take the mound in Sunday's series finale. The veteran right-hander has a 3.09 ERA and .195 batting average against in four starts since rejoining Detroit's rotation.

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Jordan Horrobin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Blue Jays on Saturday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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