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Pena propels Rays past Tigers with game-ending walk in 10th

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon called the Rays' extra-inning win over Detroit "inspirational." Tigers manager Jim Leyland needed just 19 seconds to wrap up another tough defeat.

Carl Crawford hit a tying RBI single in the 10th inning and Carlos Pena drew a game-ending, bases-loaded walk to give AL East-leading Tampa Bay a 6-5 victory on Sunday.

"Emotional," Maddon said. "I just love the fact we did not give up."

Tampa Bay took advantage of Fernando Rodney's wildness to put together the winning rally. Pinch-hitter Willy Aybar led off with a walk, bringing Jason Bartlett to the plate. Bartlett squared to bunt and left when Rodney (0-3) plunked him on his right index finger.

Shawn Riggans batted for Bartlett, and Rodney hit him on the chest with the next pitch.

"It wasn't the best way to get the runner over, but it worked out," Riggans said.

Both runners advanced on Akinori Iwamura's sacrifice and B.J. Upton walked before Crawford hit a tying single into left field. One out later, Pena won it when took a 3-2 pitch to force in the winning run.

Rodney has blown four of his five save chances.

"I'll just tell all of you to say whatever you want and write whatever you want," Leyland said in his brief postgame media session. "That's all I've got for you today. You guys write about it. You saw it. You write whatever you want. Report whatever you want."

Detroit (55-56), one of the preseason favorites to win the AL pennant, is 13-16 since the start of July.

"You've got to step it up if you want to be in the hunt," Leyland said before the game. "You don't want to be in the hunt, go home. Take an early vacation. Come back for spring training. We'll bring some kids up to play. We should be embarrassed. I'm not sure enough people are."

Trever Miller (1-0) got the final two outs in the 10th for the Rays. He did not have a decision in his previous 121 outings -- a major league record -- dating to a victory over Atlanta on Sept. 30, 2006.

Miguel Cabrera gave Detroit a 5-4 lead with a leadoff homer off closer Troy Percival in the 10th. Cabrera has four homers and 25 RBI in 17 games since the All-Star break.

Percival, who blew his third save in 27 opportunities, also gave up a tying solo homer to Curtis Granderson in the ninth. Granderson extended his hitting streak to 13 games.

"I wasn't very good," Percival said. "This team doesn't quit. This bullpen has been so good, it's like every time we do stink it up it's like they're obligated to go out and do something and they do. It's incredible."

Tampa Bay (66-44) equaled its victory total from last season and improved to 43-16 at home.

Magglio Ordonez had a pair of RBI singles and Gary Sheffield hit a solo homer for the Tigers. Armando Galarraga allowed one run and four hits over seven innings.

Tampa Bay scored three times against newly acquired Kyle Farnsworth to take a 4-3 lead in the eighth. Eric Hinske hit a solo homer and Upton had a two-run shot for his first homer in 26 games.

"I was just trying to be aggressive and they hit the ball like they are supposed to when I make a mistake," Farnsworth said. "It's tough. Guys battled back for us, so it's kind of frustrating. They did that for us, and we let them down pitching-wise. It's tough."

The Tigers went up 3-1 on Sheffield's homer in the eighth. He has 489 career homers, including nine this season.

James Shields gave up two runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings for Tampa Bay.

Notes

  • Bartlett said X-rays showed no broken bones. He might miss Monday's game with Cleveland.
  • Sheffield, with 1,607 RBI, is two away from tying Goose Goslin for 28th place on the career list.
  • Ordonez has 22 RBI in his last 23 games.
  • Tigers SS Edgar Renteria, mired in a 3-for-25 slide, was rested. He entered in the 10th as a defensive replacement.
  • Maddon and executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman will talk with Rocco Baldelli (chronic muscle fatigue) on Monday to determine the outfielder's status. Baldelli completed a minor league rehab assignment Friday.
 
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Shawn Riggans (R) rejoices with Dioner Navarro after scoring the winning run in the 10th for the Rays.  (AP)
Shawn Riggans (R) rejoices with Dioner Navarro after scoring the winning run in the 10th for the Rays. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

B. Upton
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Detroit

P. Polanco
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF6111014 .304
Placido Polanco, 2B5230000 .311
Carlos Guillen, 3B5010012 .283
Magglio Ordonez, RF5022001 .321
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5111023 .298
Matt Joyce, LF4010121 .279
Gary Sheffield, DH4121101 .230
Brandon Inge, C2000221 .221
Ramon Santiago, SS4010004 .344
   a- Marcus Thames, PH1000002 .246
    Edgar Renteria, SS0000000 .253
Totals41512548  
a-lined out for Santiago in the 10th
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco 2 (26, Shields, Shields)
HR - Curtis Granderson (12, Percival), Miguel Cabrera (20, Percival), Gary Sheffield (9, Balfour)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (38), Magglio Ordonez 2 (65), Miguel Cabrera (82), Gary Sheffield (31)
2-OUT RBI - Gary Sheffield (11)
SB - Gary Sheffield (7, 2nd base off Percival/Navarro)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Santiago-Galarraga
E - Armando Galarraga (2, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Armando Galarraga 7411040 3.23
Kyle Farnsworth (BS,1) 1333022 4.08
Bobby Seay 1000020 2.41
Fernando Rodney (BS,4; L,0-3) 0.2122310 6.38
HBP - Riggans (by Fernando Rodney)
Pitches-Strikes - Armando Galarraga 100-67, Kyle Farnsworth 28-18, Bobby Seay 16-10, Fernando Rodney 34-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 11-6, Fernando Rodney 1-0
Batters Faced - Armando Galarraga 25, Kyle Farnsworth 6, Bobby Seay 3, Fernando Rodney 7
Tampa Bay Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 2B4110000 .275
B.J. Upton, CF4222110 .269
Carl Crawford, LF5011011 .271
Evan Longoria, 3B5010024 .279
Carlos Pena, 1B4012121 .235
Cliff Floyd, DH3010010 .252
   a- Jonny Gomes, PH-DH1000010 .187
Dioner Navarro, C4000003 .304
Eric Hinske, RF3111000 .256
    Gabe Gross, RF0000000 .217
   b- Willy Aybar, PH0100100 .220
Jason Bartlett, SS3000010 .256
   c- Shawn Riggans, PH0100000 .244
Totals3668639  
a-struck out for Floyd in the 9th
b-walked for Gross in the 10th
c-hit by pitch for Bartlett in the 10th
Batting
2B - B.J. Upton (25, Galarraga)
HR - B.J. Upton (7, Farnsworth), Eric Hinske (16, Farnsworth)
SH - Akinori Iwamura (2)
RBI - B.J. Upton 2 (49), Carl Crawford (55), Carlos Pena 2 (58), Eric Hinske (48)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Pena 2 (17)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Bartlett-Iwamura
Tampa Bay Rays
James Shields 6.1922140 3.63
Grant Balfour 1.1111131 1.44
J.P. Howell 0.1000000 2.45
Troy Percival (BS,3) 1.1222202 3.86
Trever Miller (W,1-0) 0.2000010 5.00
HBP - Inge (by James Shields)
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 111-73, Grant Balfour 34-20, J.P. Howell 4-3, Troy Percival 31-15, Trever Miller 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 8-6, J.P. Howell 1-0
Batters Faced - James Shields 29, Grant Balfour 6, J.P. Howell 1, Troy Percival 8, Trever Miller 2
Game Information
Attendance - 33438
Game Time - 3:45
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Tim Tschida