CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Tigers rocked Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon for six runs in the fifth inning in an easy 10-1 victory Monday at Bright House Field.
Papelbon, who was making his Grapefruit League debut, allowed a single to Jeff Kobernus to start the fifth. Nick Castellanos followed with a two-run home run to right-center field to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead. Miguel Cabrera later crushed a three-run home run to left field to make it 6-1.
The Phillies scored their first run in the fourth when Ryan Howard's sacrifice fly scored Yuniesky Betancourt.
Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee allowed one walk and struck out two in his Grapefruit League debut. Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly also threw two scoreless innings, allowing only a single to Howard in the second inning.
"I feel good," Lee said. "You still have to build up endurance and the ability to throw 100-plus pitches. ... That's what Spring Training is designed for, a starting pitcher to build up innings."
Up next: Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick makes his Grapefruit League debut at 1:05 p.m. ET Tuesday against the Yankees at Bright House Field. Kendrick is guaranteed a spot in the Phillies rotation after pitching well in that spot last season, posting a 3.89 ERA in 25 starts.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less