DETROIT -- The lights went out, and then the Detroit Tigers turned it on.
Curtis Granderson's RBI single scored Brandon Inge in the 13th inning to give Detroit a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Monday night. The Tigers have won three straight, improving to a major league-best 41-23.
"We're having a lot of fun, and that's the biggest thing we have going for us," Granderson said. "We know we're still playing a game."
The 25-year-old Granderson was 4-for-6 with a walk, two RBI and a run.
"This kid is a jewel," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said.
Before the Tigers batted in the ninth -- trailing 3-1 -- there was a five-minute delay because many of the lights in the outfield went out due to a computer malfunction, the team said.
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon agreed it was safe for the game to continue, though he was concerned about whether his outfielders could see and whether closer Tyler Walker could endure the wait.
"We're never out of it -- no matter how much we're down or what inning it is," Polanco said.
Brian Meadows (1-1) entered in the 11th, and it looked as though he was about to get his second out in the 13th when shortstop Julio Lugo made a throwing error on Inge's grounder. Inge reached second and Granderson followed with a single to center.
"It was a tough ending after everything that had happened, but Lugie's been playing great," Maddon said. "Stuff like that happens."
In the ninth, the Tigers had the potential winning run on second with none out, but the game went to extra innings after Walker struck out two and got a lineout. He gave up two runs and three hits over two innings.
Walker wouldn't use the lights going out as an excuse, but did note another technical difficulty at Comerica Park, which opened in 2000.
"The phone didn't work in the bullpen," he said. "I guess they are starting to find the glitches in this place."
Fernando Rodney gave up only one hit and one walk and matched a career high with a three-inning outing.
Todd Jones (1-4) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
"The thing that goes unnoticed is the bullpen kept giving us an opportunity," Leyland said.
"The bullpen did a great job, and Kaz was good," Maddon said. "His pitch count just got up there for five innings, so we had to get him out of there. The pitching staff was wonderful."
Detroit's Justin Verlander gave up two runs and three hits with three walks in six innings.
Cantu's homer in the first and sacrifice fly in the sixth put Tampa Bay ahead 2-0.
The Tigers pulled within one in the seventh -- on an unearned run off Harper -- after Granderson drew a two-out walk.
Polanco's double down the right-field line got past Damon Hollins, who had just been moved from center to right, allowing Granderson to score on the error after being stopped by third base coach Gene Lamont.
Lugo gave the Devil Rays another two-run cushion with his homer off Roman Colon in the eighth.
|Detroit's Brandon Inge slides in safely to score the winning run from second base in the 13th inning. (AP)|
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|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Julio Lugo, SS||5||2||2||1||1||1||1|
|Carl Crawford, LF||6||0||2||0||0||0||1|
|Jorge Cantu, 2B||4||1||1||2||0||1||1|
|Jonny Gomes, DH||3||0||0||0||2||0||2|
|Aubrey Huff, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|Tomas Perez, 3B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Ty Wigginton, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|Greg Norton, RF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|a- Rocco Baldelli, PH-CF||2||0||0||0||1||0||1|
|Toby Hall, C||5||0||0||0||0||0||3|
|Damon Hollins, CF-RF||4||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|a-was walked intentionally for Norton in the 7th|
|HR - Julio Lugo (, Colon), Jorge Cantu (, Verlander)|
|SF - Jorge Cantu ()|
|RBI - Julio Lugo (), Jorge Cantu 2 ()|
|2-OUT RBI - Jorge Cantu ()|
|CS - Ty Wigginton (, 3rd base by Colon/Rodriguez)|
|PK - Jonny Gomes (, Verlander)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|E - Damon Hollins (, Misplayed grounder), Julio Lugo 2 (, Misplayed grounder)|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Travis Harper (H,)||2||2||1||0||1||3||0|
|Shawn Camp (H,)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Tyler Walker (BS,)||2||3||2||2||1||4||0|
|Brian Meadows (L,-)||2.1||3||1||0||0||0||0|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 98-61, Travis Harper 31-19, Shawn Camp 13-7, Tyler Walker 35-22, Brian Meadows 33-22|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 5-8, Travis Harper 1-2, Shawn Camp 1-0, Brian Meadows 4-4|
|Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 22, Travis Harper 9, Shawn Camp 3, Tyler Walker 10, Brian Meadows 11|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||6||1||4||2||1||0||0|
|Placido Polanco, 2B||5||0||2||1||1||0||2|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||6||0||2||0||0||1||4|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||6||0||1||0||0||0||6|
|Marcus Thames, LF||6||0||2||0||0||4||5|
|Alexis Gomez, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Omar Infante, SS||5||0||0||0||1||0||1|
|Chris Shelton, 1B||6||0||0||0||0||4||4|
|Craig Monroe, DH||3||0||0||0||0||2||2|
|a- Carlos Guillen, PH-DH||2||1||0||0||1||1||0|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||6||2||1||0||0||0||2|
|a-walked for Monroe in the 9th|
|2B - Curtis Granderson (, Meadows), Placido Polanco (, Harper), Marcus Thames (, Kazmir)|
|RBI - Curtis Granderson 2 (), Placido Polanco ()|
|Team LOB - 14|
|DP - Verlander-Infante-Shelton, Infante-Polanco-Shelton, Inge-Polanco-Shelton|
|E - Brandon Inge (, Misplayed grounder)|
|Todd Jones (W,-)||2||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|IBB - Baldelli by Jamie Walker|
|HBP - Wigginton (by Justin Verlander)|
|WP - Justin Verlander ()|
|Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 98-56, Jamie Walker 14-7, Roman Colon 17-11, Fernando Rodney 29-20, Todd Jones 20-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 8-5, Jamie Walker 1-0, Roman Colon 1-3, Fernando Rodney 4-2, Todd Jones 3-3|
|Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 22, Jamie Walker 3, Roman Colon 5, Fernando Rodney 10, Todd Jones 7|
|Attendance - 16302|
|Game Time - 4:00|
|Temperature - 65|
|Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Ed Rapuano|