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Granderson's RBI single leads Tigers to win in 13th inning

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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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.

Pinch-hitter Carlos Guillen drew a leadoff walk and scored on Granderson's single. Placido Polanco's RBI single to right past a drawn-in infield made it three-all.

"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.

Tampa Bay's setback came after Scott Kazmir threw five scoreless innings. Jorge Cantu and Lugo each hit a solo homer.

Kazmir gave up four hits and two walks while striking out three. Travis Harper and Shawn Camp combined for three strong innings, with Harper giving up an unearned run.

"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.

Notes

  • Kazmir is two strikeouts from becoming the 23rd left-hander to reach 300 K's before turning 23.
  • Rodney lasted three innings for the fourth time in his career.
  • The Tigers drew 16,302 after averaging 33,393 during the previous homestand against Cleveland, the New York Yankees and Boston.
  • Both starters were replaced after throwing 98 pitches.
  • In Sunday's win at Kansas City, the Devil Rays became the first team since 1940 to hit six home runs and hit into a triple play in one game.
  • Tampa Bay played its longest game since a 13-inning contest on the same date last year, a game it won at Pittsburgh.
  • The Tigers played their longest game since also playing 13 innings last August, when they beat Toronto.
 
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Detroit's Brandon Inge slides in safely to score the winning run from second base in the 13th inning.  (AP)
Detroit's Brandon Inge slides in safely to score the winning run from second base in the 13th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

C. Granderson
AB 6
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

J. Cantu
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Julio Lugo, SS5221111
Carl Crawford, LF6020001
Jorge Cantu, 2B4112011
Jonny Gomes, DH3000202
Aubrey Huff, 3B4000011
    Tomas Perez, 3B1010000
Ty Wigginton, 1B4000011
Greg Norton, RF2000011
   a- Rocco Baldelli, PH-CF2000101
Toby Hall, C5000003
Damon Hollins, CF-RF4000100
Totals403635512 
a-was walked intentionally for Norton in the 7th
Batting
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
Fielding
E - Damon Hollins (, Misplayed grounder), Julio Lugo 2 (, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Scott Kazmir 5400230
Travis Harper (H,) 2210130
Shawn Camp (H,) 1000020
Tyler Walker (BS,) 2322140
Brian Meadows (L,-) 2.1310000
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
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF6142100
Placido Polanco, 2B5021102
Ivan Rodriguez, C6020014
Magglio Ordonez, RF6010006
Marcus Thames, LF6020045
    Alexis Gomez, PR-LF0000000
Omar Infante, SS5000101
Chris Shelton, 1B6000044
Craig Monroe, DH3000022
   a- Carlos Guillen, PH-DH2100110
Brandon Inge, 3B6210002
Totals51412341226 
a-walked for Monroe in the 9th
Batting
2B - Curtis Granderson (, Meadows), Placido Polanco (, Harper), Marcus Thames (, Kazmir)
RBI - Curtis Granderson 2 (), Placido Polanco ()
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Verlander-Infante-Shelton, Infante-Polanco-Shelton, Inge-Polanco-Shelton
E - Brandon Inge (, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander 6322321
Jamie Walker 0.1000110
Roman Colon 1.2111001
Fernando Rodney 3100120
Todd Jones (W,-) 2100000
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
Game Information
Attendance - 16302
Game Time - 4:00
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Ed Rapuano