Tigers offense accomplishes 80-year-old feat in win against Cubs

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Not since 1935 had the Detroit Tigers recorded 19 or more hits in consecutive games.

Until now.

The Tigers' bats have come alive over their last two games against the Chicago Cubs, including 21 hits Wednesday in a 15-8 win.

Let's take a look at some of the feats the Tigers' offense accomplished.

Not since they played the St. Louis Browns ...

Over the last two games, the Tigers have recorded 19 and 21 hits, respectively. The last time the Tigers recorded 19 or more hits in consecutive games was in a 1935 doubleheader against the St. Louis Browns, when they recorded 19 hits in both games.

This offensive outburst over the last two games has nearly matched what they did over the previous eight games.

Nick Castellanos came to play

Nick Castellanos powered the Tigers' offense Wednesday, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBIs, including a third-inning grand slam. This was Castellanos' first career multihomer game. Castellanos' four extra-base hits put him in esteemed company as he became the first Tigers player to record four extra-base hits in a game since Iván Rodríguez on April 5, 2006.

Lester does not like facing the Tigers:

Jon Lester allowed a season-high seven earned runs in 2 2/3 innings, raising his career ERA against the Tigers to 6.05, worst against any team he has faced more than once.

Lester has had a roller coaster of a season, posting below-2.00 ERAs in May and July, but an ERA over 5.00 in the alternating months.

But it was not just Lester. The Cubs are the first team in the modern era (since 1900) to see its pitching staff allow 19 hits and 10 runs and record 10 strikeouts in consecutive games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Some quick hitters

Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-5, his first three-hit game since returning from the disabled list on Friday. In the five games since he has returned, he is batting .400.

Daniel Norris hit a home run in his first career plate appearance. He became the first pitcher to accomplish that feat since Tommy Milone in 2011.