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Justyn-Henry Malloy comes up big as the Detroit Tigers prepare for a road trip

(CBS-DETROIT) A solo shot and a two-run double from rookie Justyn-Henry Malloy were exactly what the Tigers needed in a 7-2 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Detroit completes its homestand at 2-4 and avoids the series sweep as the team hits the road for a six-game stretch against Houston and Atlanta.

Malloy had gone hitless in the first two games of the series, recording three strikeouts. In the sixth inning, he was able to release on a hanging slider for a solo shot, giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead. It was his first home run at Comerica Park and the second of his career.

DETROIT, MI – JUNE 13: Justyn-Henry Malloy #44 of the Detroit Tigers hits a two-RBI double against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Comerica Park on June 13, 2024 in Detroit, Michigan.

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“Getting relief is always cool, and you never like to fall out in moments where you can score runs, but again, being in the moment in the next at-bat and letting the other at-bat go has paid off, so it was pretty cool,” Malloy said.

If there’s one thing that gets Detroit back to .500 or better, it’s the ability to score points.

Through 68 games, the Tigers have scored 290 runs, which is good for 18th in the league, and a team batting average of .231, which is good for 24th overall.

Malloy’s two-run double in the 7th capped a five-run inning for the Tigers after Andy Ibanez and Riley Greene tallied a pair of RBI hits. Detroit was unable to take advantage of Nationals starter Patrick Corbin, who entered the game with an opponent batting average of .321 and an ERA of 6.15.

It was a different story for Tigers starter Casey Mize.

He hadn’t gone a full six innings since May 15 against the Marlins and had given up 14 earned runs in his last four starts. Mize pitched six innings, giving up just four hits and one earned run while striking out four.

The 2018 No. 1 overall draft pick hasn’t exactly lived up to the hype. It’s his first full season since recovering from Tommy John surgery two years ago. Immediately afterwards he also underwent back surgery. In any case, his start was an encouraging sign.

Looking forward

If the Tigers want to stay around .500, the next few days will be the deciding factor. A three-game series against Houston begins tonight, with Tarik Skubal getting the nod. Jack Flaherty returns to the mound on Saturday against Justin Verlander, and Kenta Maeda will take the bump on Sunday.

Then it’s off to Atlanta for a three-game set before Detroit returns home against the White Sox and Phillies.

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