New York’s series-opening victory over the Dodgers

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DETROIT (AP) — Jeimer Candelario left the St. Louis Cardinals with a sinking feeling.Candelario connected on a 102 mph sinker from Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-corey-seager-jersey , hitting a two-run homer in the ninth inning Friday night that gave the Detroit Tigers a 5-3 victory.“There are guys who throw a soft 100 mph fastball — you can see it coming and you can time it,” Tigers catcher James McCann said. “Hicks is throwing a hard 103. It is right on top of you, and it moves. It’s tough to make contact, and he barreled it up.”Hicks, who was facing his sixth batter, gave Candelario most of the credit.“I was sharp and I was trying to pound the strike zone,” he said. “He just got good wood on it and the ball left the yard. I can’t mourn a mistake. I just have to get better.”Candelario’s second career game-ending homer was made more special by the presence of his family.“This is a blast,” he said in a postgame television interview. “To do this, not just in front of the fans, but in front of my family.”Marcell Ozuna homered twice for St. Louis, which has lost four of six. The Cardinals hold a slim lead for the second NL wild-card spot.“I’m trying to be more aggressive,” Ozuna said. “When my shoulder was hurting Enrique Hernandez Jersey , I couldn’t stay inside, but now I feel better and I can hit that pitch.”The Tigers won their third in a row.“That’s a lot of fun,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Those guys are in a pennant race and we’re not, but we stepped up and got a victory. Those are the moments you enjoy.”Hicks (3-4) retired the first five batters he faced, but rookie Victor Reyes slapped a 102 mph fastball to left with one out in the ninth, and Candelario hit his 18th homer on the next pitch.“Candy is still learning at this level, but he’s a strong young man,” Gardenhire said. “He has some tough at-bats, but he can also do that.”Detroit closer Shane Greene (3-6) worked a scoreless ninth.Tigers starter Daniel Norris allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out seven and gave up both of Ozuna’s homers.“I learned not to throw him a fastball over the plate,” he said.Norris was making his second start after missing four months with groin surgery and was starting at home for the first time since April 20.“It was great to be out there in front of our fans, wearing our white jerseys and feeling healthy,” he said. “It’s been a long road back.”Cardinals starter Austin Gomber gave up three runs on six hits and three walks in six-plus innings http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-manny-machado-jersey , striking out six.Ozuna led off the second with a home run, much to the delight of the large contingent of Cardinals fans. The Tigers made it 1-all in the bottom of the inning on Dawel Lugo’s RBI groundout.Ozuna connected for his 20th homer to begin the fourth. He also hit two home runs against Washington on Tuesday.The Cardinals took a 3-1 lead in the fifth when Kolten Wong doubled, took third when Norris balked and scored on Francisco Pena’s sacrifice fly.Gomber retired the first two batters in the bottom half, but Reyes beat out a bunt single and the Tigers loaded the bases on Candelario’s base hit and Goodrum’s walk. Nicholas Castellanos lined a tying, two-run single.TRAINER’S ROOMCardinals: C Yadier Molina is expected to miss the three-game series in Detroit with a hamstring injury.REYES KEEPS IMPROVINGReyes, a Rule 5 pick who had never played above Double-A ball before this season, was hitting .118 with no walks or extra-base hits after the first 25 games of his career. Since then, playing more regularly, he is batting .261 in 60 games and hit his first career homer last week in New York.“Once I gave him a chance, he’s worked hard to become a major league player, and we expect him to stay here next year,” Gardenhire said.THROWBACK WEEKENDThe Tigers are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their 1968 World Series win over the Cardinals during the weekend series. Five players from the 1968 team threw out first pitches on Friday Logan Forsythe Jersey , and a ceremony will be held before Saturday’s game.UP NEXTThe teams continue the series Saturday night. Matthew Boyd (9-12, 4.24) will start for the Tigers against Jack Flaherty (8-6, 2.83). LOS ANGELES — Rich Hill might be inspired to get out some aggressions Tuesday and the Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander could unleash his venom on the New York Mets.It is not that Hill has anything against the Mets in particular, they just happen to be the team in his way now after he took the loss on Thursday in the opener of a showdown series with the club’s National League West rival Arizona Diamondbacks.The Dodgers won three of four games in the previous series against the Diamondbacks to regain first place in the division. Hill’s day to pitch was the only one that did not go to plan.Article continues below ...Further inspiring Hill on Tuesday is the fact that the Dodgers fell out of first place with a 4-2 defeat to the Mets on Monday. The Dodgers now trail the Colorado Rockies in the National League West by a half game.The Dodgers still got a strong start from Alex Wood on Monday and Hill figures to follow the game plan of a fellow left-hander.“This past weekend against Arizona it felt like playoffs, like it’s time to go,” Wood said. “We’ve been playing well lately, and it was a tough one (Monday). Sometimes you have to tip your cap and come back tomorrow and get the (victory).”Standing in the way of both Hill and the Dodgers will be Mets starter Jason Vargas (5-8, 6.56 ERA), who has finally turned a corner after a season that had not met his standards.Vargas is 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA over his last four starts and appears to finally be at full strength after spending over a month on the disabled list with a calf strain. Vargas was supposed to start against the Dodgers in June, but he injured himself preparing for that start and hit the DL.At long last, Vargas is finally looking like the pitcher the Mets expected when they signed him to a two-year, $16 million deal in February. Before he went on the DL http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-mark-lowe-jersey , he was 2-6 with an 8.60 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP in his first 37 2/3 innings.Finally having all his pitches in sync has not only made Vargas better on the mound, but he has also become the master of the obvious.“It’s a lot easier when you’re able to go at them with three pitches that you know you have command of and you have the ability to make the guys swing and miss with,” Vargas said. “Pitching well is definitely better than pitching bad.”Vargas has suddenly given the much-improved Mets an intimidating 1-2 punch with fellow starter Jacob deGrom, who gave up just one run and two hits over six innings Monday to help set up New York’s series-opening victory over the Dodgers.Hill (6-5, 3.59) has faced the Mets seven times in his career, with five of those as a starter. He is 1-2 against New York with a hefty 7.83 ERA over 23 innings.In four career starts against the Dodgers, Vargas is 2-2 with a 4.39 ERA. He hasn’t faced them since 2013, though, giving up two runs over seven innings as a member of the Los Angeles Angels.

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