There was a time, not that long ago, when a Tiger actually hit for the cycle, and barely anyone in Comerica Park even knew it.

That was back in the Dark Days of Tigers baseball, June 8, 2001, to be exact. Damion Easley tripled in the eighth inning against Brewers reliever Will Cunnane, the baseball was rolled into the home dugout to preserve as a keepsake, and the Comerica Park crowd of 27,770 offered a smattering of applause.

It sure didn’t feel like Easley became the ninth Tiger to hit for the cycle.

On Saturday night at Comerica Park, everyone — the sellout crowd, the players, everyone — knew exactly what was at stake when rookie shortstop Eugenio Suarez, his major-league career all of eight games old, strolled to the plate. The massive scoreboard made it clear to the few who might not have been paying full attention, noting Suarez already had a double, triple and a home run.

All that was missing was a simple single. And he got his chance. Suarez swung at all four pitches he saw, fouling the first three off, then grounded into a fielder’s choice to dash his hopes. But he certainly gave the fans a performance to remember in a 12-9 victory over the Twins.

“The way he’s been able to handle himself on the infield and at the plate,” Victor Martinez said, raving about Suarez, his young Venezuelan countryman. “I remember when I got called up. It took me a while to get into a rhythm. Just seeing what he’s doing right now, he’s pretty impressive.”

The fact Suarez’s effort came in a much-needed win made it even more special.

Suarez had the three hits and a walk as the Tigers offense — which had scored 11 runs on the week entering the game — finally went off, setting season-bests in runs and hits (19).

Ian Kinsler, who had two hits in his previous seven games, had three of those hits, as did Martinez, who, it should be noted, also finished a hit from the cycle — though the hit he lacked was the triple, and he hasn’t had one of those since 2010.