But it wasn't enough to save the game as the Tigers fell to the Rangers.
Last season, the veteran right-hander produced a 4.60 ERA over the course of 14 regular-season appearances, one start and 29.1 innings pitched in all.
BRAVES 7, NATIONALS 4: Nick Markakis hit a go-ahead single in the eighth and Kurt Suzuki added a two-run homer to give Atlanta a win over visiting Washington.
Tony Barnette allowed a run in the sixth, but Keone Kela worked two scoreless frames and Matt Bush picked up his fifth save despite giving up a run in the ninth. Daniel Norris (2-2, 4.34 ERA) makes the start for Detroit in hope of his first win since the start of this month. After cruising through two innings against Baltimore on Tuesday, the walls caved in on Boyd, who allowed seven runs on eight hits and was chased from the game with just one out in the 3rd inning. "Young pitchers tend to go through this, and it can take seasons, where there's inconsistency in your command, inconsistency in your delivery, inconsistency in your release point".
"I'm anxious about losing", Norris said, who also said he fretted more about giving up a bases-loaded walk than a home run. The Tigers will be without Miguel Cabrera tonight because of an oblique strain.
Gallo's 13th home run was off a 2-0 fastball by Norris and went deep into the lower deck in right with Rougned Odor, who had singled, on base. The game was delayed 1 hour, 59 minutes in the top of the sixth, and Santana boosted the lead with his single just after the delay. The error loaded the bases and Andrew Romine hit a sharp single to right fielder Shin-Soo Choo to plate Upton.
Texas upped its lead to 3-0 in the fourth when Napoli led off with his ninth home run of the season, which was just inside the left-field foul pole.
The Rangers scored two runs with just one hit in the third, loading the bases with one out on a single, walk and hit batter.
"We had some guys that are supposed to do some damage for us against left-handers - Mike Napoli, Delino DeShields, Lucroy, Elvis drew a walk", Banister said. After the game, Ausmus said he would be "shocked", if Cabrera didn't play on Saturday. Texas OF Nomar Mazara was out of the starting lineup Friday. 3B Nick Castellanos was bumped from second to sixth in the Tigers' lineup, Ausmus said, to "maybe take a little bit of the spotlight off him, see if he can get his stroke back".
He's gone hitless in his last two games, including an 0-for-5 outing with two strikeouts on Friday.