Candelario’s 9th-inning blast sends Tigers past Cards

Jeimer Candelario hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Detroit Tigers a 5-3 victory over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.Candelario’s 18th homer of the season came off Jordan Hicks (3-4). Victor Reyes singled with one out prior to Candelario’s opposite-field blast.Candelario had three hits and scored twice. Nicholas Castellanos drove in two runs while Reyes supplied two hits and scored twice.Shane Greene (3-6) pitched an inning of scoreless relief for the victory. Starter Daniel Norris gave up three runs on four hits in five innings with seven strikeouts.Marcell Ozuna hit two solo homers for St. Louis. Cardinals starter Austin Gomber allowed three runs on six hits in six innings and struck out six.Norris cruised through the first inning, throwing just 11 pitches. Leading off the second, Ozuna jumped on a Norris fastball and powered it into the left field stands.Detroit’s first two batters reached base, but Gomber wiggled out of that jam with the help of a double play. The Tigers tied the game in the second as Gomber’s leadoff walk to Mikie Mahtook proved costly.