Akil Baddoo drives in 4 as Tigers beat Nationals

Akil Baddoo homered and drove in four runs as the Detroit Tigers topped the host Washington Nationals 8-6 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series.Detroit starting pitcher Matthew Boyd didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning.Baddoo’s three-run shot in the third inning was his first homer of the season, coming in his 31st game.Zach McKinstry led off the game with a home run en route to the Tigers’ third victory in their last four games. Matt Vierling added a solo shot in the fifth and Riley Greene followed suit in the sixth.Boyd (3-3) made it through five innings on 58 pitches, pitching to the minimum number of batters thanks to a pair of double plays.Keibert Ruiz doubled to lead off the bottom of the sixth for the Nationals’ first hit. Then CJ Abrams roped a one-out double to dash the shutout. Lane Thomas followed with a two-run homer for his sixth bomb of the season.Boyd lasted 5 2/3 innings, giving up four hits (all for extra bases) and one walk, and he struck out four.Washington scored on a wild pitch and Ruiz’s two-run homer to close within 8-6 before an out was recorded in the the seventh. It marked Ruiz’s fourth home run.