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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- An early warning from the plate umpire stopped any more trouble on the field between the Tampa Bay Rays and Detroit Tigers. It didn't seem to put an end to the ill will, though.
Jeremy Hellickson earned his fifth June win and the Rays beat Detroit 3-1 Sunday in a game that got off to a tense start.
Rays manager Joe Maddon didn't particularly like seeing Zobrist get plunked.
"I thought it was absolutely uncalled for, and hopefully the league will take a look at it," Maddon said.
The Rays did not retaliate Sunday, but Maddon added "there's many more opportunities to play good, hard baseball, and we will."
"I don't debate, this guy is outstanding," Maddon said of Cabrera. "He's wonderful. I just wish he wouldn't cry so much."
Zobrist walked to first base after being struck on the wrist with two outs and no one on base.
"I just assumed it would happen today at some point because of what was said last night," Zobrist said. "I just said to one of the umpires on the way to first, I was like, `Hey, that was intentional. You guys know it. I think we should do something about that.' But they chose not to."
Maddon pointed out that Jhonny Peralta took an in-tight pitch from Rodney on Sunday and there was no response.
"Peralta got the same pitch that Cabrera got last night, with the same kind of a moment, and nobody's worried about Peralta," Maddon said. "So, if I'm Jhonny Peralta, I'm upset right now. I'm not getting that same kind of reaction from everybody that Cabrera got last night. Overreaction, no reaction."
Porcello said he was surprised by the warning.
"I tried to throw a fastball in and it just got away from me," Porcello said.
Before Sunday's game, Detroit manager Jim Leyland said "that's history" when asked about the Cabrera incident. After Saturday's game, however, Leyland said: "Throwing in that area is not acceptable, and somebody pays the price for that throughout baseball. That's just the way baseball is."
"History repeated itself in the first inning," Maddon said.
Leyland said "nobody's trying to hit anybody."
"What do you want to talk about?" Leyland said. "That's part of baseball. Guys get hit in baseball games. That's nothing new. We got three guys hit last week, we hit a couple guys last week. That's all part of the game. A guy got hit. Big deal."
"That's outstanding," Maddon said.
Rodney pitched the ninth for his 17th save.
Cabrera hit his 25th homer this season for the Tigers, sending a shot into a fish tank beyond the wall.
Porcello stumbled while in his delivery when facing Zobrist in the third and threw a pitch that landed well in front of the plate. Porcello (4-6) went six innings, allowing three runs and eight hits.
Cabrera, booed before each of his at-bats, tied it at 1 with a fourth-inning homer that gave him a 15-game hitting streak. His drive was the second -- joining Luis Gonzalez's shot in 2007 -- to go into the fish tank just to the right of center field that is home to a group of cownose rays.
Lobaton drove in another run with a single during a two-run fourth that made it 3-1. Yunel Escobar had a bases-loaded walk in the inning.
Hellickson left with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh. Reliever Jake McGee bailed out the Rays starter by retiring three straight batters to end the threat.
"That was unbelievable," Hellickson said. "To get out of that was pretty amazing."
|Jeremy Hellickson earns his fifth June win in a tense game where both benches clear. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Austin Jackson, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.290|
|Torii Hunter, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||4||.297|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.373|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.274|
|Victor Martinez, DH||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.232|
|Andy Dirks, LF||3||0||1||0||1||2||1||.248|
|Omar Infante, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||1||3||.299|
|Ramon Santiago, SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.151|
|Jhonny Peralta, PH-SS||1||0||0||0||1||1||1||.314|
|Bryan Holaday, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||3||.231|
|Brayan Pena, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.295|
|a-walked for Santiago in the 7th|
|b-popped out for Holaday in the 9th|
|2B - Andy Dirks (5, Hellickson), Omar Infante (16, Rodney), Bryan Holaday (1, Hellickson)|
|HR - Miguel Cabrera (25, Hellickson)|
|RBI - Miguel Cabrera (82)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Fielder|
|Rick Porcello (L,4-6)||6||8||3||3||2||3||0||5.21|
|HBP - Zobrist (by Rick Porcello)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 101-61, Phil Coke 10-9, Bruce Rondon 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 10-3, Phil Coke 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 27, Phil Coke 4, Bruce Rondon 3|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Matt Joyce, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.243|
|Desmond Jennings, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Ben Zobrist, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.273|
|James Loney, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.313|
|Wil Myers, RF||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.296|
|Luke Scott, DH||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.242|
|Kelly Johnson, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.235|
|Jose Lobaton, C||3||0||3||2||0||0||0||.273|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||2||0||0||1||1||1||4||.245|
|2B - Desmond Jennings (19, Coke), James Loney (18, Porcello)|
|RBI - Jose Lobaton 2 (18), Yunel Escobar (31)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jose Lobaton (7)|
|CS - Ben Zobrist (1, 2nd base by Porcello/Holaday)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Johnson-Zobrist-Loney|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Jeremy Hellickson (W,7-3)||6||6||1||1||3||6||1||4.90|
|Jake McGee (H,16)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.83|
|Kyle Farnsworth (H,2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.24|
|Joel Peralta (H,20)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.97|
|Fernando Rodney (S,17)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||4.41|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hellickson 85-53, Jake McGee 11-8, Kyle Farnsworth 5-2, Joel Peralta 14-9, Fernando Rodney 20-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hellickson 5-6, Jake McGee 1-2, Joel Peralta 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeremy Hellickson 26, Jake McGee 3, Kyle Farnsworth 1, Joel Peralta 2, Fernando Rodney 4|
|Attendance - 23427|
|Game Time - 2:49|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Dan Iassogna|