The Cardinals' stretch was also the shutout streak the Tigers were aiming for until Joe Mauer scored with help from a Yoenis Cespedes error in Thursday's season-opening series finale against the Twins. Detroit became the third team in Major League history to go three games without an earned run allowed to begin a season.
The other team was the 1943 Reds, who went 31 innings into their season without an earned run allowed.
"It doesn't happen often," manager Brad Ausmus said. "It occasionally happens. It rarely happens at the beginning of the season. That's why it's more noticeable."
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