Fulmer, Tigers shut out Rangers second straight day
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Michael Fulmer pitched a four-hitter in Detroit’s second straight shutout of Texas, and Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez homered among three hits apiece in the Tigers’ 7-0 victory Sunday.
Fulmer (10-3) became the first Detroit rookie to throw a complete-game shutout since Justin Verlander 10 years ago. The 23-year-old right-hander retired 16 of the last 17 hitters he faced as the Tigers kept the AL West-leading Rangers scoreless over the final 21 innings of the three-game series.
The gem from Fulmer, whose longest previous outing was eight innings in a no-decision against Kansas City, came a day after a 2-0 victory against Texas ace left-hander Cole Hamels. The AL rookie leader in wins had nine strikeouts and no walks, and all four hits were singles.
Ian Kinsler added a solo shot against A.J. Griffin (5-2) after striking out his first three times against the Texas right-hander. Miguel Cabrera hit his team-leading 27th homer in the ninth.