LAKELAND, FL (WTVB) -The Tigers beat the St Louis Cardinals 8-5 in Grapefruit League action Monday afternoon in Lakeland. Nick Castellanos was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer for Detroit, the Tigers first long ball this spring. Austin Jackson went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI’s and Victor Martinez added 2 hits and an RBI in the victory.
Drew Smyly earned the win despite giving up a pair of homers in just three innings of work. Ex-Tiger Jhonny Peralta went 2-for-2 with a pair of homers against Smyly.
Detroit is scheduled to host the Pirates this afternoon in Lakeland.