Detroit Tigers keep suddenly anemic Chicago Cubs cold in 2-1 win
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — It didn’t look or sound like a rebuilding team, holding on for a win against a contender.
Shane Greene had a game-ending strikeout against Jason Heyward — with fans roaring on their feet — to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Tuesday night.
“Great atmosphere with a good team coming in here,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “They bring a lot of fans, too, and our fans were just wearing them out.”
Jordan Zimmermann (6-5) pitched six effective innings for Detroit, continuing Chicago’s misery.
The NL Central-leading Cubs were held to one run — each time via a homer — for the fifth straight game, dropping the last three in the offensive slide. This time, Anthony Rizzo led off the sixth with his 19th homer, driving a Zimmermann pitch over the wall in right. But that was it once again for Chicago.
“I can’t really find too much wrong with how we are playing,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “The defense has been great and we’re pitching well. We’re just not hitting.”
Help could be on the way after the Cubs acquired Daniel Murphy in a trade with Washington before the game.
Drew VerHagen, Joe Jimenez and Greene combined for three innings of one-hit relief.
Detroit got both of its runs in the first inning.
Jeimer Candelario doubled and scored on a groundout, while Victor Martinez, who finished with three hits, added a two-out RBI single.