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Kody Clemens launches Detroit Tigers to 6-3 win over Diamondbacks with first MLB home run

Tigers second baseman Kody Clemens reacts in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run during the sixth inning on Saturday, June 25, 2022, in Phoenix.

PHOENIX — Detroit Tigers rookie Kody Clemens picked the perfect time for his first MLB home run.

Facing Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Joe Mantiply, who hadn’t allowed a home run since June 2021, Clemens — a left-handed hitter — turned on a hanging curveball and put the ball into the right-field seats.

Clemens’ three-run home run snapped a tie game in the sixth inning and pushed the Tigers to a 6-3 victory Saturday in the second of three games against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

Tigers second baseman Kody Clemens reacts in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run during the sixth inning on Saturday, June 25, 2022, in Phoenix.

To set up Clemens’ big fly, Harold Castro and Robbie Grossman opened the sixth with back-to-back singles. Clemens, hitting .143 in 16 games, notched his first homer in the 35th at-bat of his career.

The Tigers (28-43) scored their six runs on nine hits and one walk. Javier Báez extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 2-for-4 performance. Castro logged at least three hits for the seventh time this season.

Miguel Cabrera singled off reliever Note Ramirez on a line drive in the seventh inning for the 3,053rd hit of his career, tying him with Rod Carew for 27th place on the all-time MLB leaderboard.

With a 6-3 lead, the Tigers turned to their bullpen to cover the final four innings.

Left-hander Tyler Alexander pitched a scoreless fifth inning but also kept the Diamondbacks from scoring in the sixth to wrap up his two-inning outing on 24 total pitches.

For the first out in the sixth, rookie center fielder Riley Greene executed a ridiculous diving catch in the right-center gap. He also completed a sliding catch for the second out in the seventh.

After Alexander bridged the gap, manager A.J. Hinch then put the game in the hands of his best relievers.

Right-hander Joe Jiménez struck out two batters in his perfect seventh inning. He has struck out multiple batters in eight consecutive appearances, the longest streak since…

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