By Dave Hart

Tigers 4, Athletics 1– Tigers’ rookie pitcher Michael Fulmer paced Detroit to a win over the Oakland A’s on Friday night.

LSJ Logo incertFulmer picked up the victory tossing 7 and 2/3 scoreless innings. He allowed three hits while striking out three batters.

The Tigers were led offensively by Ian Kinsler with three hits, including a double and triple, while Nick Castellanos added a solo home run.

J.D Martinez chipped in with an RBI triple for the Tigers while Cameron Maybin had a double and an RBI.

The A’s scored their lone run on an RBI triple by Jed Lowrie, Coco Crisp added a double.Eye on the D

The Tigers are now 24-23 on the season, good for fourth place in the American League Central Division behind the Chicago White Sox.

Detroit will look to win the three-game series against the A’s with a victory on Saturday afternoon.

Record: 24-23

4th Place in AL Central Division (2 games behind Chicago)

2.5 games behind Texas for last playoff spot

Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 118

Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 118

Next Game: 05/28/2016 @ Oakland Athletics 4:05 p.m. @ Oakland Coliseum

Hitting stats: Nick Castellanos HR (10) RBI (32), J.D. Martinez 3B (2) RBI (26), Cameron Maybin 2B (1) RBI (7), James McCann RBI (8), Ian Kinsler 2B (10) 3B (1), Jose Iglesias 2B (4).

Pitching stats: Michael Fulmer W (4-1) 7.2 IP 3 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 3 K.