CHICAGO — Pitcher Daniel Norris homered in his first career plate appearance, Nick Castellanos went deep twice, one a grand slam, and the Detroit Tigers pounded Jon Lester in a 15-8 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.
The Tigers set season highs in runs and hits (21) and tied one with five homers — three off Lester. It was also the second time this season that they reached double digits in scoring in consecutive games, after winning 10-8 on Tuesday.
The Cubs dropped their third straight after winning nine in a row and 15 of 16, with Lester (8-9) making his earliest exit of the season.
The Cubs‘ ace lasted just 2 2-3 innings in his shortest outing since 2012 while allowing a season-high seven runs.
Norris became the 19th pitcher and first since 2011 to homer in his first major league at-bat, according to STATS.