|Tampa Bay (71-59) «||6||0||0||0||1||1||3||0||0||11||14||1|
Next up, a key series against the Boston Red Sox.
Pena hit his AL-best 38th homer and drove in four runs to help the Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 11-7 on Monday for a split of their four-game series.
Tampa Bay scored six times in the first inning against the AL Central leaders, capped by Pena's two-run drive. James Shields remained unbeaten against Detroit, and Jason Bartlett added a solo homer as the Rays moved within five games of idle Boston in the wild-card race.
Tampa Bay hosts the Red Sox on Tuesday night, the start of a three-game set.
"I don't know if it gets any bigger," Evan Longoria said. "Today is a great way to head home. It should be fun."
Tampa Bay is 4-1 against the Red Sox at Tropicana Field this season and has won seven of the first 11 meetings.
Carlos Guillen had four hits for Detroit, including a pair of two-run homers.
"It was great," said Pena, who finished August with 12 homers and had his seventh game this season with four or more RBI. "That first inning really put momentum on our side."
Pena added an RBI double in the fifth and Bartlett homered in the sixth off Washburn, who lost for the second time since joining the Tigers in a July 31 trade with Seattle. He left the mound to a chorus of boos after yielding eight runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.
"He certainly didn't have very good success today," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "Some of it by his own doing and some of it was that's just the way it is sometimes.
"Sometimes it just isn't your day."
Pena singled in the first of three Tampa Bay runs off reliever Ryan Perry in the seventh and finished a seven-game road trip with four homers and 12 RBI.
"Carlos is looking extremely sharp," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Shields (9-10) surrendered both two-run homers by Guillen, one in the first and another in the seventh, but had little trouble in between. The right-hander yielded four earned runs in seven innings and struck out six to win his second consecutive outing and improve to 3-0 in five career starts against the Tigers.
Guillen had his sixth career multihomer game. Detroit scored its last two runs in the ninth off reliever Brian Shouse.
"It feels good," Guillen said. "I hit the ball good. I was just trying to stay short and make good contact."
|Carlos Pena hits his 12th homer in August and finishes the seven-game road trip with 12 RBI. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Jason Bartlett, SS||5||2||3||1||0||0||2||.340|
|Gabe Kapler, LF||3||1||0||0||2||0||4||.243|
|Ben Zobrist, RF||5||1||2||1||0||0||1||.289|
|Pat Burrell, DH||4||2||1||2||1||2||1||.239|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||5||3||3||1||0||0||1||.270|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||5||2||3||4||0||2||0||.223|
|Willy Aybar, 2B||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.251|
|Akinori Iwamura, 2B||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.309|
|Dioner Navarro, C||5||0||2||0||0||0||0||.223|
|B.J. Upton, CF||4||0||0||1||0||0||1||.239|
|2B - Jason Bartlett (26, Perry), Ben Zobrist (19, Washburn), Pat Burrell (15, Washburn), Evan Longoria (36, Washburn), Carlos Pena (23, Washburn)|
|HR - Jason Bartlett (12, Washburn), Carlos Pena (38, Washburn)|
|SF - Akinori Iwamura (3)|
|RBI - Jason Bartlett (59), Ben Zobrist (71), Pat Burrell 2 (52), Evan Longoria (91), Carlos Pena 4 (96), Akinori Iwamura (18), B.J. Upton (41)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jason Bartlett (31), Carlos Pena (26)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Ben Zobrist 1|
|DP - Zobrist-Pena, Longoria-Aybar-Pena|
|E - B.J. Upton (2, Dropped line drive)|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|James Shields (W,9-10)||7||10||5||4||1||6||2||3.86|
|Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 108-68, Lance Cormier 9-6, Brian Shouse 18-13, Russ Springer 8-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 5-9, Lance Cormier 1-2, Brian Shouse 2-0|
|Batters Faced - James Shields 31, Lance Cormier 3, Brian Shouse 5, Russ Springer 1|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||5||2||0||0||0||0||2||.255|
|Placido Polanco, 2B||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||.271|
|a- Adam Everett, PH-SS||2||0||1||1||0||1||1||.243|
|Carlos Guillen, LF||5||3||4||4||0||0||1||.249|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.335|
|b- Marcus Thames, PH-1B||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.242|
|Aubrey Huff, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.241|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||2||0||0||0||1||1||2||.239|
|Ryan Raburn, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.271|
|Clete Thomas, RF||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.250|
|Alex Avila, C||4||1||2||0||0||2||3||.324|
|Ramon Santiago, SS-2B||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.259|
|a-struck out for Polanco in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Cabrera in the 7th|
|2B - Adam Everett (17, Shouse)|
|HR - Carlos Guillen 2 (8, Shields, Shields)|
|RBI - Adam Everett (38), Carlos Guillen 4 (29), Clete Thomas (36)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Guillen 2 (10), Clete Thomas (20)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Santiago-Everett-Thames|
|Jarrod Washburn (L,9-8)||5.2||9||8||8||3||2||2||3.55|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 99-58, Ryan Perry 38-27, Fu-Te Ni 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 5-10, Ryan Perry 3-2|
|Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 29, Ryan Perry 12, Fu-Te Ni 3|
|Attendance - 26533|
|Game Time - 2:50|
|Temperature - 67|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Mike Everitt|