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Tigers score 3 in 11th, top Rays 8-6


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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Detroit Tigers found a way to win a wild, long game against Tampa Bay.

Victor Martinez drew a tiebreaking bases-loaded walk during a three-run 11th inning and the Tigers beat the Rays 8-6 on Tuesday night.

Ian Kinsler opened the 11th with a triple off Grant Balfour (1-5), a flare to right that got past a diving Kevin Kiermaier. Torii Hunter walked and Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked before Martinez got his free pass.

''We did what we had to do,'' Hunter said. ''Had good at-bats and we came through with some runs.''

Hunter scored on Jeff Beliveau's wild pitch and Bryan Holaday added a sacrifice fly that gave Detroit an 8-5 lead.

Jim Johnson (5-2) worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the 10th. Joe Nathan gave up Evan Longoria's RBI single in the 11th before getting his 26th save.

The Tigers, the AL second wild-card leader, won for the fifth time in 13 games.

The game took 4 hours, 42 minutes.

James Loney homered for the Rays, who had a club-record stretch of 13 consecutive games holding opponents to four runs or less end.

Detroit starter Max Scherzer came up short in his bid to become the AL's first 15th winner when Joba Chamberlain gave up an eighth-inning sacrifice fly to Vince Belnome that tied it at 5.

Scherzer allowed four runs and four hits over seven innings. The right-hander held Tampa Bay scoreless on one hit over his final five innings.

''Both Max and the offense picked it up as the game went on,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.

J.D. Martinez hit a solo homer that put the Tigers up 5-4 in the eighth. Rajai Davis had a sixth-inning game-tying RBI single off Chris Archer, who gave up four runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

The Tigers pulled within 4-3 in the fifth, thanks in part to a video review. After Kinsler walked with the bases loaded and Hunter hit a run-scoring grounder, Cabrera was given an RBI single after a challenge by Ausmus. The call that center fielder Desmond Jennings had made a sliding catch on Cabrera's two-out liner was overturned.

Loney's homer put the Rays up 3-0 in the first.

Belnome doubled for his first big league hit and scored to make it 4-0 on Zobrist's second-inning single. Belnome had what would have been his first homer in the fourth changed to a foul after a video review.

''We got burned on replay twice but they were the right calls,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ''Had replay not been part of the game, we would have won that game tonight.''

Scherzer had allowed three runs or less in each of his previous 10 starts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Justin Verlander (sore right shoulder) could throw off a mound in a couple day and might start Saturday. OF Andy Dirks (back surgery) injured a hamstring at Triple-A Toledo and could miss the rest of the season.

Rays: OF Wil Myers (broken right wrist) is expected back this week. C Ryan Hanigan (oblique) and OF David DeJesus (broken left hand) are both nearing rehab assignments.

UP NEXT

Tigers RHP Rick Porcello (13-7) and Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (9-9) are Wednesday night's scheduled starters.

 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

I. Kinsler
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Tampa Bay

J. Loney
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5221113.283.316.423
Torii Hunter, RF5111121.270.308.445
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4111211.308.373.509
Victor Martinez, DH5001115.322.389.543
J.D. Martinez, LF5121021.306.348.567
   Ezequiel Carrera, PR-CF1000013.188.235.313
Nick Castellanos, 3B4110010.262.309.418
   Don Kelly, 3B1000101.244.319.283
Alex Avila, C2100211.223.331.382
   a-Eugenio Suarez, PH1000011.233.310.358
   Bryan Holaday, C0001000.239.283.266
Andrew Romine, SS5120113.221.275.279
Rajai Davis, CF-LF4011112.289.328.414
Max Scherzer, P0000000.000.000.000
   Joba Chamberlain, P0000000.000.000.000
   Al Alburquerque, P0000000.000.000.000
   Blaine Hardy, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jim Johnson, P0000000.000.000.000
   Joe Nathan, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals4281071013    
a-struck out for Avila in the 10th
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (33, McGee), Torii Hunter (23, Archer)
3B - Ian Kinsler (3, Balfour)
HR - J.D. Martinez (17, Peralta)
SF - Bryan Holaday (3)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (65), Torii Hunter (65), Miguel Cabrera (87), Victor Martinez (74), J.D. Martinez (55), Bryan Holaday (10), Rajai Davis (39)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera (35), Rajai Davis (9)
SB - Andrew Romine (7, 2nd base off Archer/Casali), Rajai Davis (31, 2nd base off Yates/Casali)
Team LOB - 12
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Max Scherzer 7444391 3.07
Joba Chamberlain (BS,4) 1211100 3.26
Al Alburquerque 0.2000100 2.76
Blaine Hardy 0.1000010 1.93
Jim Johnson (W,5-2) 1000210 7.07
Joe Nathan (S,26) 1211110 5.28
IBB - Belnome by Jim Johnson
HBP - Zobrist (by Max Scherzer)
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 112-74, Joba Chamberlain 22-14, Al Alburquerque 17-11, Blaine Hardy 7-4, Jim Johnson 25-15, Joe Nathan 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 5-7, Joba Chamberlain 2-1, Al Alburquerque 1-1, Jim Johnson 2-0, Joe Nathan 1-1
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 29, Joba Chamberlain 6, Al Alburquerque 3, Blaine Hardy 1, Jim Johnson 5, Joe Nathan 6
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Desmond Jennings, CF6000022.241.320.381
Ben Zobrist, 2B-LF3221200.281.368.421
Matt Joyce, LF4000014.278.369.424
   a-Logan Forsythe, PH-2B1000111.247.299.364
Evan Longoria, 3B3211311.253.327.391
James Loney, 1B4133000.288.338.381
   Sean Rodriguez, PR-1B1000012.218.270.473
Yunel Escobar, SS5010022.254.319.323
Vince Belnome, DH3111111.100.286.200
Curt Casali, C2000011.178.275.222
   b-Brandon Guyer, PH1000002.272.345.364
   Jose Molina, C1000012.186.242.196
Kevin Kiermaier, RF4000110.264.319.469
Chris Archer, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kirby Yates, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brad Boxberger, P0000000.000.000.000
   Joel Peralta, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jake McGee, P0000000.000.000.000
   Grant Balfour, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jeff Beliveau, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals38686812    
a-struck out for Joyce in the 9th
b-grounded out for Casali in the 8th
Batting
2B - Vince Belnome (1, Scherzer)
HR - James Loney (7, Scherzer)
SF - Vince Belnome (1)
SH - Sean Rodriguez (3), Curt Casali (1)
RBI - Ben Zobrist (39), Evan Longoria (67), James Loney 3 (59), Vince Belnome (1)
2-OUT RBI - Ben Zobrist (13), Evan Longoria (29), James Loney 3 (19)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Longoria-Zobrist-Loney
E - James Loney (5, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Archer 5.2541560 3.17
Kirby Yates 0.1000000 2.16
Brad Boxberger 1000010 1.83
Joel Peralta 1111011 3.96
Jake McGee 2300130 1.40
Grant Balfour (L,1-5) 0133300 5.48
Jeff Beliveau 1000120 2.03
IBB - Cabrera by Jake McGee, Cabrera by Grant Balfour
WP - Jeff Beliveau (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Archer 107-59, Kirby Yates 6-3, Brad Boxberger 20-14, Joel Peralta 14-10, Jake McGee 35-21, Grant Balfour 14-2, Jeff Beliveau 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Archer 7-4, Brad Boxberger 1-1, Joel Peralta 1-1, Jake McGee 1-2
Batters Faced - Chris Archer 27, Kirby Yates 1, Brad Boxberger 3, Joel Peralta 4, Jake McGee 10, Grant Balfour 4, Jeff Beliveau 4
Game Information
Attendance - 14331
Game Time - 4:42
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Will Little, Third Base - Gerry Davis