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Escobar single lifts Rays over Tigers in 10th

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera's 10th inning at-bat against Tampa Bay closer Fernando Rodney overshadowed the Rays' comeback victory.

Yunel Escobar had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Rays rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Tigers on Saturday night.

But most of the attention after the game centered on Cabrera yelling at the Tampa Bay dugout after he struck out against Rodney. The Rays right-hander threw an in-tight and up pitch to back Cabrera off the plate during the at-bat.

"I don't know what he's saying," Rodney said. "I'm trying to do my job. You have to pitch inside sometimes. You have to pitch inside, outside, everywhere. You don't want to hit nobody because the game is on the line.

"That's what I got on my mind, try to move [him] a little bit because the guy is a dangerous hitter."

Cabrera declined to comment about the confrontation, but Tigers manager Jim Leyland talked about it in a strong way.

"I don't care about throwing inside, but I don't like it up there, and we will not tolerate that," Leyland said. "I'm not accusing anybody of anything but we won't tolerate that. If you're going to just rare back and throw it, you can't throw it there. That'll cause a lot of problems for people. That's not a good idea. That's not acceptable.

"We lost a tough game. They earned the win, they got the win, and OK, more power to them, but throwing in that area is not acceptable, and somebody pays the price for that throughout baseball. That's just the way baseball is. That's not free. There's no free lunch. That won't be tolerated. You can take that to the bank"

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said he had no idea why Cabrera was upset.

"You'd have to ask him why," Maddon said. "I was kind of surprised, actually."

Rodney (3-2) threw two scoreless innings for the win

Cabrera went 1 for 4 with a walk, but his major league-leading batting average dropped two points to .375. He has a 14-game hitting streak.

James Loney had a one-out single in the 10th off Bruce Rondon (0-1). Pinch-runner Sam Fuld went to second on Wil Myers' single, and after Luke Scott struck out, both runners advanced on a wild pitch.

Escobar won it for the Rays with a line drive that sailed over the head of center fielder Austin Jackson.

"I'm very happy that I was able to help the team win," Escobar said through an interpreter.

Scott tied it at 3 on a solo homer with one out in the eighth off Tigers starter Justin Verlander, who allowed three runs, nine hits and four walks during a season-high eight innings. Verlander is winless in his last four starts.

"This is the game we've talked about that we have to start winning, and we won it tonight against a really good team," Maddon said.

Rays slugger Evan Longoria was out of the starting lineup for the first time this season due to a sore right foot. The third baseman, who left Friday night's game, is also expected to sit out on Sunday against the Tigers.

Jackson hit an opposite-field solo homer to right, and Jhonny Peralta had a two-run single off Chris Archer that put the Tigers ahead 3-0 in the third.

Archer gave up three runs, five hits, three walks and had three strikeouts in five innings.

Loney had an RBI single during the fifth to get the Rays within 3-2. Verlander avoided further damage by getting a double-play grounder from rookie Myers with two on and one out.

Loney grounded into a double play with runners on the corners and one out in the seventh. Myers flied out with two runners on to end the first.

Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings tripled and scored on Ben Zobrist's grounder in the third. Jennings, playing in center, was charged with an error in the eighth, which snapped a streak of 262 games in the outfield without a miscue.

Notes

  • Detroit RHP Anibal Sanchez (right shoulder strain) will pitch Monday in Florida for either Class A Lakeland or the rookie level Gulf Coast League Tigers.
  • Loney extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the first.
  • The Rays recalled INF Ryan Roberts from Triple-A Durham and optioned RHP Alex Colome to the International League club.
  • Home plate umpire Dan Iassogna remained in the game after he appeared to get hit near the right wrist by a pitch from Rodney in the ninth that partially deflected off C Jose Molina's glove.
 
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The Rays celebrate their extra-inning, walk-off victory over the first-place Tigers.  (USATSI)
The Rays celebrate their extra-inning, walk-off victory over the first-place Tigers. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Detroit

V. Martinez
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Tampa Bay

B. Zobrist
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF3111211 .296
Andy Dirks, LF3000011 .247
    Avisail Garcia, PH-RF2000022 .244
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4110111 .375
Prince Fielder, 1B4000102 .277
Victor Martinez, DH5130013 .231
Jhonny Peralta, SS5012012 .316
Don Kelly, RF-LF4000012 .220
Omar Infante, 2B4010000 .296
Brayan Pena, C4010001 .298
Totals3838348  
a-struck out for Dirks in the 7th
Batting
2B - Omar Infante (15, Archer), Brayan Pena (5, Rodney)
HR - Austin Jackson (4, Archer)
RBI - Austin Jackson (18), Jhonny Peralta 2 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Jhonny Peralta 2 (13)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Infante-Peralta-Fielder, Infante-Peralta-Fielder-Peralta-Infante-Fielder, Infante-Peralta-Fielder-Peralta-Infante-Fielder-Infante-Peralta-Fielder
E - Prince Fielder (4, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Verlander 8932441 3.77
Drew Smyly 1000030 2.20
Bruce Rondon (L,0-1) 0.2311010 12.00
WP - Bruce Rondon (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 119-78, Drew Smyly 14-10, Bruce Rondon 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 11-7
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 35, Drew Smyly 3, Bruce Rondon 5
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Joyce, LF3100100 .247
    Sean Rodriguez, PH-LF1000010 .233
Desmond Jennings, CF5110032 .252
Ben Zobrist, 2B5031000 .276
James Loney, 1B5031001 .314
Wil Myers, RF5020003 .300
Luke Scott, DH5111013 .235
Yunel Escobar, SS4021100 .247
Jose Molina, C2000221 .259
Kelly Johnson, 3B3000004 .233
    Ryan Roberts, PH-3B1000010 .236
Totals39412448  
a-struck out for Joyce in the 9th
b-struck out for Johnson in the 9th
Batting
3B - Desmond Jennings (4, Verlander)
HR - Luke Scott (5, Verlander)
RBI - Ben Zobrist (43), James Loney (40), Luke Scott (28), Yunel Escobar (30)
2-OUT RBI - Yunel Escobar (11)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Desmond Jennings (1, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Archer 5533331 4.40
Alex Torres 2000130 0.39
Joel Peralta 1100000 3.03
Fernando Rodney (W,3-2) 2200020 4.54
WP - Chris Archer 3 (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Archer 94-57, Alex Torres 26-15, Joel Peralta 11-8, Fernando Rodney 32-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Archer 9-3, Alex Torres 2-1, Joel Peralta 1-2, Fernando Rodney 3-1
Batters Faced - Chris Archer 23, Alex Torres 7, Joel Peralta 4, Fernando Rodney 8
Game Information
Attendance - 23809
Game Time - 3:24
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Brian Knight