Tigers edge Reds on Cron’s late homer

C.J. Cron belted a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning, and the visiting Detroit Tigers beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Sunday to take two of three in their opening series.For the second straight day, the Tigers broke a tie contest with a two-run homer. On Saturday, JaCoby Jones did the honors off Reds closer Raisel Iglesias in Detroit’s 6-4 victory.In Sunday’s rubber game, Cron clubbed his second home run of the young season, this time off Michael Lorenzen (0-1), into the empty right-field bleachers to snap a 1-1 tie. Miguel Cabrera opened the frame by working a walk.Cincinnati threatened in the bottom of the ninth, opening with back-to-back doubles from Freddy Galvis and Aristides Aquino off closer Joe Jimenez to make it 3-2. The Reds then had runners on first and third with one out when Joey Votto hit into a 4-6-3 game-ending double play.Sunday’s starters, Spencer Turnbull for Detroit and Cincinnati’s Trevor Bauer, were both solid in their 2020 debuts. Bauer allowed a run, two hits and struck out 13 — one shy of his career high — over 6 1/3 innings. Turnbull yielded a run, three hits and fanned eight with four walks through five.The two teams struck out a combined 29 times Sunday. Detroit batters fanned on 46 occasions during this opening series. The Reds’ pitchers, meanwhile, set a club record by striking out at least 10 in each of their first three games of a season.Detroit opened the scoring in the third inning on Niko Goodrum’s two-out home run to right-center field.