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Tigers snap five-game losing streak, rally late vs. Rays

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DETROIT -- The Tigers put together a team effort just in time to stop their longest losing streak of the season.

There was timely hitting and strong relief pitching. Fans chipped as well, making so much noise it helped the home team score a run.

Ryan Raburn hit a tiebreaking single and Sean Casey homered in a four-run seventh inning, helping Detroit rally past the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-4 Monday night.

"We haven't had an inning like that in a while," Casey said. "Hopefully, we can build off tonight. We realize it's one game, but we stopped some losing."

The defending AL champions had lost five straight and 12 of 15 since they had baseball's best record on July 21.

It appeared the Tigers were headed toward their longest losing streak since 2005 until they came back against reliever Gary Glover.

Casey hit a one-out homer to spark the inning, Carlos Guillen followed with an RBI triple and Raburn singled for a 5-4 lead.

"Casey's home run really got us going, and Raburn got a huge hit," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

With the 39,000-plus fans roaring, Brandon Inge's fly landed between center fielder B.J. Upton and left fielder Carl Crawford to give Detroit a two-run cushion.

"It was loud," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "It looked like Carl was going to make the catch and heard B.J. say something at the last second."

Glover (5-4) was chased after getting only one out and allowing four runs and five hits. Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings for the Devil Rays, who have lost seven straight road games and 18 of their last 20 away from home.

"Jackson pitched a great game, and I managed to dismantle the whole thing in a span of about two minutes," Glover said. "I feel terrible for the whole team, and especially for him."

Zach Miner (2-3) earned the win after retiring a batter in the seventh.

Fernando Rodney, in his second straight appearance since returning from the disabled list, pitched a perfect eighth, and Todd Jones finished with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 29th save in 34 chances.

"It's nice to get people back to their role," Leyland said. "It's kind of like sleeping in your own bed."

Detroit starter Justin Verlander gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings. He is 0-1 in his last four starts, giving up an average of four runs.

Upton's three-run homer in the fifth gave Tampa Bay a 4-2 lead.

Both teams scored a run in the first with Carlos Pena hitting an RBI double against his former team and Guillen answering with an RBI single, the 1,000th hit of his career.

Guillen was used as a designated hitter, giving the shortstop a chance to rest a sore knee, and was 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two RBI and a walk.

"When you manage and you're struggling, you don't just go home and say, `We're struggling.' You go home and think, `What can I do?"' Leyland said. "I was lying in bed, thinking about this. Maybe if you rest him from stopping and starting on defense, maybe that would get him going. But believe me, what I thought had nothing with us winning the game tonight."

Notes

  • Gary Sheffield (right shoulder) said he is more encouraged than worried about his injury, which kept him out of the lineup for the fourth straight game. Sheffield said he might play after another day or two of rest.
  • Tampa Bay 3B Akinori Iwamura extended his career high hitting streak to 12 games.
  • C Ivan Rodriguez (ankle) was a late scratch.
  • Crawford shared AL Player of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks after hitting .591 with six RBI and eight runs in six games.
  • Verlander struck out six and walked none.
  • Ordonez was 3-for-4, improving his batting average to .351 -- the best in baseball.
 
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Ryan Raburn and Curtis Granderson jump for joy after ending the Tigers' longest skid of the season.  (AP)
Ryan Raburn and Curtis Granderson jump for joy after ending the Tigers' longest skid of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

C. Guillen
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

B. Upton
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Delmon Young, RF3010001 .292
Brendan Harris, 2B4010023 .298
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2B - Carlos Pena (21, Verlander)
HR - B.J. Upton (16, Verlander)
RBI - B.J. Upton 3 (52), Carlos Pena (70)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Pena (36)
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Team LOB - 7
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Outfield Assists - Carl Crawford 1
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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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Gary Glover (BS,2; L,5-4) 0.1544001 5.40
Grant Balfour 0.2100100 10.13
Scott Dohmann 1000020 3.86
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Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 28, Gary Glover 6, Grant Balfour 4, Scott Dohmann 3
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3110201 .298
Placido Polanco, 2B4000106 .343
Sean Casey, 1B5111003 .291
Magglio Ordonez, RF4230110 .351
Carlos Guillen, DH4132110 .315
Ryan Raburn, LF4112003 .348
Mike Rabelo, C4010002 .284
Omar Infante, SS4030000 .267
Brandon Inge, 3B3001022 .240
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2B - Carlos Guillen (22, Jackson)
3B - Carlos Guillen (7, Glover)
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SF - Brandon Inge (4)
RBI - Sean Casey (41), Carlos Guillen 2 (74), Ryan Raburn 2 (12), Brandon Inge (50)
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Macay McBride 0.2000100 3.64
Zach Miner (W,2-3) 0.1000000 2.88
Fernando Rodney (H,7) 1000010 5.04
Todd Jones (S,29) 1000000 4.66
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Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 108-74, Macay McBride 10-6, Zach Miner 1-1, Fernando Rodney 11-7, Todd Jones 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 5-8, Zach Miner 1-0, Fernando Rodney 1-1
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Game Information
Attendance - 39289
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Reilly