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Tampa Bay at Detroit

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Tampa Bay (69-58)000001001260
Detroit (68-59) «01050000x682

Tigers 6, Rays 2

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DETROIT -- Brandon Inge spends a good deal of time visiting with sick children in hospitals, and he's often asked to hit an inspiring home run.

Occasionally he comes through.

Friday night was one of those times. Inge homered in his first at-bat, helping the Detroit Tigers to a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, who traded hard-throwing Scott Kazmir to the Angels after the game.

 Miller: Angels acquire lefty Kazmir from Rays

"There's a kid named Noah that I've visited a couple times in the hospital, and he's at home right now, and I spent a couple hours with him today," Inge said. "He asked me the dreaded question -- could I hit a home run for him in the game, and I told him I'd do the best I could."

Inge homered to left off Matt Garza in the second inning to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

"When that ball went over the fence -- that's just an awesome feeling," he said. "I see a lot of the kids at Mott Children's Hospital, and they always ask for a homer, and it's worked out twice now."

For the Rays, the loss was overshadowed by the postgame news they had traded Kazmir, a two-time All-Star, to the Los Angeles Angels for two minor leaguers, left-hander Alex Torres and infielder Matt Sweeney, and a player to be named.

"This is a surprise -- I had heard rumors before, but it's hard to believe that it is now official," Kazmir said. "It's a disappointment because of all the relationships I've built in the organization and the city, but you can't control the business side of the game."

Rookie Rick Porcello (11-8) won for the first time since Aug. 6, allowing one run on four hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.

"That's pretty impressive for a young kid," Tigers manager Jim Leyland

The 20-year-old has allowed one or two earned runs in five of his six August starts.

"This has been a lot of fun, pitching while we are in a pennant race like this," Porcello said. "I love pitching in Comerica Park -- it's a great pitcher's park and the fans have been great."

Four Detroit relievers combined to finish the six-hitter, which dropped the Rays 4½ games back in the wild-card race.

"That's still a tremendous team," Leyland said. "They are as good as they were last year, but the Yankees did what the Yankees can do - they went out and got two top-notch pitchers in [CC] Sabathia and [A.J.] Burnett and one of the best players in the American League in Teixeira."

Garza (7-9) took the loss, giving up six runs on five hits and three walks in five innings.

After Inge hit his 25th homer in the second, Detroit took control with five runs in the fourth. With one out, Aubrey Huff and Carlos Guillen walked before Inge's single loaded the bases.

Gerald Laird and Adam Everett hit back-to-back two-run doubles, and Curtis Granderson made it 6-0 with a third straight double.

"The two walks are what cost me the game," Garza said. "I walk those two guys, Inge singles, Laird hits a bloop and Everett rolls one down the line. That happens, but the walks are what really killed me."

Gregg Zaun got Tampa Bay on the board with a sixth-inning RBI single that ended Porcello's night.

Former Tiger Gabe Kapler ended the scoring with a solo homer off Bobby Seay in the ninth.

"I thought we hit the ball hard in a few key situations, but right at people," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Their kid did a great job, and we just had the one bad inning."

Garza didn't think the Kazmir trade, which had been rumored before the game, hurt the Rays.

"You can't let something like that distract you, or what will happen when you have a sick kid," he said after hugging Kazmir. "We'll miss him, but you only think about it for a few minutes, and then you've got to play."

Notes

Rays INF-OF Ben Zobrist missed the game due to a death in the family, but was expected to be back for Saturday afternoon's game. ... Rain delayed the postgame fireworks for an hour, but several hundred fans stayed to see the show. ... The Tigers and Rays played for the first time this season, the first of seven games between the teams in 10 days. ... Detroit activated LHP pitcher Nate Robertson from the disabled list Friday, and he is expected to make his first start of the season Saturday against Tampa Bay. Robertson has been out since June 27 after having a mass removed from his left elbow.

 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

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

R. Porcello
IP 5.2
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 5
 
Tampa Bay Rays
Jason Bartlett, SS3000202 .341
Carl Crawford, LF4010014 .315
Evan Longoria, 3B4000024 .267
Carlos Pena, 1B4000014 .220
Pat Burrell, DH4110022 .241
Willy Aybar, 2B4000011 .254
Gregg Zaun, C4011010 .258
Gabe Gross, RF3010001 .253
   a- Gabe Kapler, PH1111000 .245
B.J. Upton, CF3010110 .238
Totals3426239  
a-homered for Gross in the 9th
Batting
2B - Pat Burrell (14, Porcello)
HR - Gabe Kapler (6, Seay)
SH - Carl Crawford (2)
RBI - Gregg Zaun (21), Gabe Kapler (27)
2-OUT RBI - Gregg Zaun (11), Gabe Kapler (8)
Team LOB - 9
Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Garza (L,7-9) 5566351 3.95
Lance Cormier 0.2200000 3.08
Chad Bradford 1000010 2.70
Randy Choate 0.1000000 4.07
Russ Springer 1100000 3.68
HBP - Laird (by Matt Garza)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 88-56, Lance Cormier 11-8, Chad Bradford 8-7, Randy Choate 2-2, Russ Springer 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 6-4, Lance Cormier 2-0, Chad Bradford 1-1, Russ Springer 1-2
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 24, Lance Cormier 4, Chad Bradford 3, Randy Choate 1, Russ Springer 4
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4021010 .258
Placido Polanco, 2B4000003 .271
Magglio Ordonez, RF3000101 .273
    Clete Thomas, RF0000000 .240
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4000021 .340
Aubrey Huff, DH3100110 .243
Carlos Guillen, LF2100120 .241
    Ryan Raburn, LF1010000 .278
Brandon Inge, 3B4221001 .241
Gerald Laird, C3122001 .225
Adam Everett, SS4112003 .239
Totals3268636  
Batting
2B - Curtis Granderson (16, Garza), Gerald Laird (19, Garza), Adam Everett (16, Garza)
HR - Brandon Inge (25, Garza)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (58), Brandon Inge (68), Gerald Laird 2 (27), Adam Everett 2 (37)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Inge (23)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
PB - Gerald Laird (8)
E - Brandon Inge 2 (16, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Rick Porcello (W,11-8) 5.2411250 4.27
Fu-Te Ni 0.1000000 2.74
Brandon Lyon 2000020 3.05
Bobby Seay 0.2211011 3.46
Fernando Rodney 0.1000110 3.34
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 104-61, Fu-Te Ni 2-2, Brandon Lyon 23-16, Bobby Seay 19-10, Fernando Rodney 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 8-6, Brandon Lyon 3-1, Bobby Seay 1-0
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 25, Fu-Te Ni 1, Brandon Lyon 6, Bobby Seay 4, Fernando Rodney 2
Game Information
Attendance - 35030
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Brian Gorman