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Tigers 6, Devil Rays 4

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- With Magglio Ordonez back, the Detroit Tigers like their chances of grabbing some attention the rest of the season.

"This team is going to be the biggest surprise in the second half, I'll tell you that right now," All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez said Thursday night after Ordonez homered in a 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

"We're going to be the team to talk (about) in the second half. ... We're a good team."

Ordonez homered for the third time since lobbying to come off the disabled list a week ago and the Tigers extended the hapless Devil Rays' losing streak to a season-high nine games.

Chris Shelton added a two-run homer to back Sean Douglass (2-0), who allowed three runs and five hits in five innings. The bullpen limited the punchless Devil Rays to one run, with Troy Percival working a perfect ninth for his eighth save in 10 opportunities.

The victory was the third straight for Detroit, which played without Rodriguez. He jammed his left pinkie sliding into home during Wednesday night's 7-3 win at Cleveland and is listed day-to-day.

X-rays on Rodriguez's finger were negative, however he said he's likely to remain out of the lineup for at least one more game.

But with Ordonez seemingly on his way to finding his groove after missing more than two months of this season and much of last season, when he was with the Chicago White Sox, the Tigers didn't miss a beat Thursday night.

"He's still not where he wants to be, but it looks like there's going to be some good things to come," said Detroit's Dmitri Young.

Shelton's sixth homer finished a three-run first inning against Seth McClung (0-5). Carlos Guillen drove in Detroit's first run with an RBI double and Ordonez's 384-foot, solo homer put the Tigers up 4-2 in the third.

Ordonez asked manager Alan Trammell to activate him for the DL a couple of days before planned, then hit a two-run homer off New York's Randy Johnson in his first game back. He homered again in a victory at Cleveland on Tuesday.

The four-time All-Star signed a $75 million, five-year contract as a free agent during the offseason and was 0-for-10 in three games for the Tigers before going on the DL with a hernia on April 13.

"As big-time players normally do, they rise to the occasion, and last Friday was one of the ultimate challenges -- Randy Johnson," Trammell said. "Some people might duck him. He wanted him."

The Devil Rays have dropped 12 of 13, and their nine-game skid is the third longest for Lou Piniella as manager.

The bullpen gave up two more runs in the eighth -- meaning opponents have outscored Tampa Bay 92-28 in the inning -- and the offense squandered several opportunities to take control of the game.

"You guys come in every night wanting explanations," Piniella told reporters. "It gets to the point that you're out of explanations. All you want to do is see things done right and win a baseball game. ... All we can do is keep working. Nothing more, nothing else. Keep working, try to get better."

The Devil Rays kept it close by scoring twice in the first and once in the fifth off Douglass, who walked one and struck out four before departing with a 4-3 lead.

Julio Lugo, who had four hits after going 3-for-24 on Tampa Bay's recent road trip, drove in two of the three runs off the Detroit starter with a first-inning triple and a bloop RBI single in the fifth.

Jorge Cantu drove in two runs for Tampa Bay with a first-inning sacrifice fly and eighth-inning grounder against reliever Kyle Farnsworth.

McClung, who allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings, settled after walking Placido Polanco and giving up Guillen's RBI double and Shelton's homer to begin the game. Although he yielded Ordonez's homer in the third, the right-hander kept himself in the game by twice working out of jams with runners in scoring position.

Detroit broke it open in the eighth when Young doubled off Chad Orvella with two outs to snap an 0-for-18 drought, then scored on Craig Monroe's double. Brandon Inge followed with another double to make it 6-3.

Notes

  • Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford led off the bottom of the first with his ninth triple, then scored on Lugo's triple.
  • Rodriguez's .381 career batting average against the Devil Rays is the highest among active players.
  • The Devil Rays went 0-6 on a road trip that ended Wednesday night in Chicago. Their 8-35 record away from Tropicana Field is the worst road mark after 43 games by any team since the 1963 Mets also were 8-35. It's the slowest road start by an AL team since the 1932 Red Sox began 7-36.
 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

J. Lugo
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
Detroit

C. Monroe
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Detroit Tigers
Placido Polanco, 2B2100301 .328
Carlos Guillen, SS5111003 .346
Chris Shelton, 1B5112023 .336
Magglio Ordonez, RF4111000 .189
Rondell White, LF4020000 .299
    Nook Logan, CF0000000 .268
Dmitri Young, DH4110012 .241
Craig Monroe, CF-LF4111012 .280
Brandon Inge, 3B3011110 .284
Vance Wilson, C3010111 .155
Totals346965612 
Batting
2B - Carlos Guillen (11, McClung), Dmitri Young (17, Orvella), Craig Monroe (14, Orvella), Brandon Inge (15, Orvella), Vance Wilson (1, McClung)
HR - Chris Shelton (6, McClung), Magglio Ordonez (3, McClung)
RBI - Carlos Guillen (17), Chris Shelton 2 (24), Magglio Ordonez (8), Craig Monroe (47), Brandon Inge (37)
2-OUT RBI - Craig Monroe (12), Brandon Inge (15)
CS - Brandon Inge (3, 2nd base by McClung/Cash)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Guillen-Polanco-Shelton
E - Vance Wilson (2, Wild throw)
Detroit Tigers
Sean Douglass (W,2-0) 5533140 2.65
Chris Spurling (H,2) 1.2100000 2.42
Jamie Walker (H,7) 0.1000000 1.86
Kyle Farnsworth (H,14) 1110010 2.06
Troy Percival (S,8) 1000020 5.11
HBP - Cash (by Sean Douglass)
Pitches-Strikes - Sean Douglass 84-59, Chris Spurling 20-14, Jamie Walker 2-1, Kyle Farnsworth 16-9, Troy Percival 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Douglass 4-6, Chris Spurling 2-3, Jamie Walker 1-0, Kyle Farnsworth 1-1, Troy Percival 1-0
Batters Faced - Sean Douglass 21, Chris Spurling 6, Jamie Walker 1, Kyle Farnsworth 4, Troy Percival 3
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Carl Crawford, LF4110013 .286
Julio Lugo, SS4242000 .279
Aubrey Huff, DH4000025 .262
Jorge Cantu, 3B3002000 .291
Travis Lee, 1B4010000 .235
Damon Hollins, RF4000011 .264
Fernando Cortez, 2B4000020 .000
Kevin Cash, C2110010 .160
   a- Eduardo Perez, PH1000000 .281
Joey Gathright, CF2000100 .257
Totals32474179 
a-grounded out for Cash in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kevin Cash (1, Spurling)
3B - Carl Crawford (9, Douglass), Julio Lugo (3, Douglass)
SF - Jorge Cantu (2)
RBI - Julio Lugo 2 (34), Jorge Cantu 2 (53)
2-OUT RBI - Julio Lugo (9)
SB - Julio Lugo 2 (24, 2nd base off Douglass/V. Wilson, 3rd base off Farnsworth/V. Wilson)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - McClung-Lugo-Lee
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Seth McClung (L,0-5) 7644562 7.45
Chad Orvella 1322000 5.17
Lance Carter 1000000 5.26
Pitches-Strikes - Seth McClung 123-63, Chad Orvella 24-15, Lance Carter 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Seth McClung 5-8, Chad Orvella 2-1, Lance Carter 1-2
Batters Faced - Seth McClung 30, Chad Orvella 6, Lance Carter 3
Game Information
Attendance - 9171
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Adam Dowdy, Third Base - Tim Timmons