Souza has 3 hits, Rays sweep Tigers with 8-1 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Steven Souza Jr.'s simple approach at the plate is working.

Souza came within a single of hitting for the cycle, Erasmo Ramirez and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Detroit 8-1 Thursday for a three-game sweep of the Tigers.

''Just letting my ability play,'' Souza said. ''I can really overthink things, and put a lot of pressure on myself. Throughout the years, I think that's what I've done.''

Souza doubled in the first, hit a two-run triple in the second and added a solo homer in the eighth. He has reached base multiple times in 12 games this season.

''I think we're seeing him put it together,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Ramirez (2-0) allowed one run and two hits in five innings with five strikeouts and no walks. In the rotation because Jake Odorizzi strained his left hamstring, Ramirez had not started since April 16 last year.

Chase Whitley gave up a hit and two walks in three innings, and Tommy Hunter allowed two hits in the ninth.

Tampa Bay rookie Daniel Robertson hit his first career homer, an eighth-inning solo shot off Warwick Saupold.

The Tigers were outscored 21-9 in series and while making just two errors allowed several catchable balls to fall for hits.

''I'll be honest with you, this is the worst defensive series I've seen the Detroit Tigers play since I've been here,'' manager Brad Ausmus said.

Daniel Norris (1-1) gave up five runs and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Ian Kinsler hit his 41st leadoff homer, but Tampa Bay tied the score in the bottom half after Souza doubled on a fly ball that right fielder Tyler Collins appeared to lose. He scored when Dixon Machado, filling in for injured shortstop Jose Iglesias, made an errant throw after fielding Rickie Weeks' grounder.

Souza tripled on an opposite-field flare that bounced past Collins near the right-field line, then scored on Kevin Kiermaier's single for a 4-1 lead.

Kiermaier homered off Saupold in the seventh.

Saupold was optioned to Triple-A Toledo after the game, and left-hander Blaine Hardy will be recalled from the International League club.

SHORT STAFFED

The game started with just three umpires because crew chief Larry Vanover left due to a personal matter. Joe West was brought in to fill out the crew and arrived to take the field in the bottom of the first.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: OF Justin Upton (bruised right forearm) was out of the lineup for the second straight game but is swinging a bat. ... Iglesias was hit on the jaw by the knee of a sliding Brad Miller in the ninth inning Wednesday night after stumbling over second base and then making a bad throw to first on a potential game-ending double play as the tying and winning runs scored. Ausmus said Iglesias still had a headache and his status ''will be determined in the near future.''

Rays: OF Colby Rasmus (hip surgery) is scheduled to resume his minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Double-A Montgomery. He has not played the past two weeks due to a sore knee.

STREAK OVER

Norris entered without a loss in his first 16 career road starts, which tied Todd Wellemeyer and Larry Jansen for the second longest stretch since 1913. Only Dave LaPoint has more with 20.

UP NEXT

Tigers: RHP Justin Verlander (1-1) looks to rebound Friday night against Minnesota after allowing a career-high-tying nine runs Saturday at Cleveland. He has won 12 of his last 13 decisions against the Twins, dating to July 9, 2010.

Rays: RHP Alex Cobb (1-1) goes against Houston RHP Mike Fiers (0-1) Friday night.

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TigersDET8-7
100000000151
RaysTB9-8
13001012X8110
  • W: E. Ramirez (2-0)L: D. Norris (1-1)
  • HR: DET - I. Kinsler (3), TB - S. Souza (3), K. Kiermaier (1), D. Robertson (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B31111110.217.400.435.8356.5
T. Collins RF40000012.262.279.333.612-0.5
M. Cabrera DH40000000.245.355.453.8080.0
N. Castellanos 3B30200110.242.288.500.7882.5
A. Avila 1B40000013.412.524.8821.406-0.5
J. McCann C40100011.147.275.412.6870.5
A. Romine LF40000012.219.242.438.680-0.5
J. Jones CF30000020.167.250.333.583-1.0
D. Machado SS30100000.111.111.111.2221.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Souza RF53331011.349.438.6031.04214.5
    K. Kiermaier CF31221101.292.387.415.8029.0
    E. Longoria DH50100012.234.333.375.7080.5
    R. Weeks 1B21000112.167.286.375.6612.5
    B. Miller 2B40100002.237.338.407.7452.0
    T. Beckham SS40110002.212.226.346.5732.0
    D. Robertson 3B32111111.192.276.308.5847.5
    J. Sucre C40100011.250.294.438.7320.5
    P. Bourjos LF41100021.176.300.353.6531.0
      BATTING
      • HR - I. Kinsler (3)
      • RBI - I. Kinsler (6)
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Souza (5), B. Miller (3)
      • 3B - S. Souza
      • HR - S. Souza (3), K. Kiermaier, D. Robertson
      • SH - K. Kiermaier
      • RBI - S. Souza 3 (15), K. Kiermaier 2 (3), T. Beckham (4), D. Robertson
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Souza 3 (7), K. Kiermaier
      FIELDING
      • E - D. Machado
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Norris (L, 1-1)4.28542403.712.14-5.0
      W. Saupold3.13331336.231.203.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Norris (L, 1-1)4.2
      W. Saupold3.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Ramirez (W, 2-0)5.02110513.070.4021.5
      C. Whitley3.01002300.001.007.5
      T. Hunter1.02000001.172.001.0
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Ramirez (W, 2-0)5.0
      C. Whitley3.0
      T. Hunter1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - W. Saupold
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 101-63, W. Saupold 55-34
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 6-5
      • Batters Faced - D. Norris 25, W. Saupold 14
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Ramirez 66-47, C. Whitley 47-27, T. Hunter 19-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Ramirez 4-6, C. Whitley 1-5, T. Hunter 2-1
      • Batters Faced - E. Ramirez 17, C. Whitley 12, T. Hunter 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
      123456789RHE
      TigersDET8-7
      100000000151
      RaysTB9-8
      13001012X8110
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      I. Kinsler 2B31111110.217.400.435.8356.5
      T. Collins RF40000012.262.279.333.612-0.5
      M. Cabrera DH40000000.245.355.453.8080.0
      N. Castellanos 3B30200110.242.288.500.7882.5
      A. Avila 1B40000013.412.524.8821.406-0.5
      J. McCann C40100011.147.275.412.6870.5
      A. Romine LF40000012.219.242.438.680-0.5
      J. Jones CF30000020.167.250.333.583-1.0
      D. Machado SS30100000.111.111.111.2221.0
      Total321511288-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        S. Souza RF53331011.349.438.6031.04214.5
        K. Kiermaier CF31221101.292.387.415.8029.0
        E. Longoria DH50100012.234.333.375.7080.5
        R. Weeks 1B21000112.167.286.375.6612.5
        B. Miller 2B40100002.237.338.407.7452.0
        T. Beckham SS40110002.212.226.346.5732.0
        D. Robertson 3B32111111.192.276.308.5847.5
        J. Sucre C40100011.250.294.438.7320.5
        P. Bourjos LF41100021.176.300.353.6531.0
        Total34811733713-----
          BATTING
          • HR - I. Kinsler (3)
          • RBI - I. Kinsler (6)
          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Souza (5), B. Miller (3)
          • 3B - S. Souza
          • HR - S. Souza (3), K. Kiermaier, D. Robertson
          • SH - K. Kiermaier
          • RBI - S. Souza 3 (15), K. Kiermaier 2 (3), T. Beckham (4), D. Robertson
          • 2-Out RBI - S. Souza 3 (7), K. Kiermaier
          FIELDING
          • E - D. Machado
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Norris (L, 1-1)4.28542403.712.14-5.0
          W. Saupold3.13331336.231.203.5
          Total8.01187373---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Norris (L, 1-1)4.2
          W. Saupold3.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Ramirez (W, 2-0)5.02110513.070.4021.5
          C. Whitley3.01002300.001.007.5
          T. Hunter1.02000001.172.001.0
          Total9.0511281---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Ramirez (W, 2-0)5.0
          C. Whitley3.0
          T. Hunter1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - W. Saupold
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 101-63, W. Saupold 55-34
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 6-5
          • Batters Faced - D. Norris 25, W. Saupold 14
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Ramirez 66-47, C. Whitley 47-27, T. Hunter 19-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Ramirez 4-6, C. Whitley 1-5, T. Hunter 2-1
          • Batters Faced - E. Ramirez 17, C. Whitley 12, T. Hunter 5
          • 8TH INNING
            Souza homered to left18
            Robertson homered to left center18
          • 7TH INNING
            Kiermaier homered to center16
          • 5TH INNING
            Beckham grounded out to third, Weeks scored, Miller to third15
          • 2ND INNING
            Kiermaier singled to shallow right center, Souza scored14
            Souza tripled to right, Robertson and Bourjos scored13
          • 1ST INNING
            Weeks safe at first on shortstop Machado fielding error, Souza scored11
            Kinsler homered to left10
          • 9TH INNING
            • T. Hunter Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castellanos singled to center
            • A. Avila: Ball, Avila lined out to left
            • J. McCann: Ball, McCann singled to shallow center, Castellanos to second
            • A. Romine: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Romine grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • C. Whitley Pitching:
            • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Jones lined out to center
            • D. Machado: Strike looking, Machado singled to center
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kinsler walked, Machado to second
            • T. Collins: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Collins struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • W. Saupold Pitching:
            • D. Robertson: Robertson homered to left center
            • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sucre popped out to first
            • P. Bourjos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
            • S. Souza: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Souza homered to left
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier walked
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Longoria flied out to left
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Whitley Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera lined out to center
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Castellanos walked
            • A. Avila: Ball, Avila flied out to left
            • J. McCann: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • W. Saupold Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Kiermaier homered to center
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Longoria flied out to center
            • R. Weeks: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Weeks hit by pitch
            • B. Miller: Ball, Foul, Miller flied out to left
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Beckham flied out to center
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Whitley Pitching:
            • D. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Machado grounded out to shortstop
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike looking, Kinsler lined out to center
            • T. Collins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Collins flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • W. Saupold Pitching:
            • J. Sucre: Sucre flied out to center
            • P. Bourjos: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
            • S. Souza: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Souza struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • E. Ramirez Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, McCann grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Romine: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Romine grounded out to first
            • J. Jones: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • E. Longoria: Longoria grounded out to second
            • R. Weeks: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Weeks walked
            • B. Miller: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Miller doubled to left, Weeks to third
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Beckham grounded out to third, Weeks scored, Miller to third
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Robertson walked
            • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Miller out at home
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • E. Ramirez Pitching:
            • T. Collins: Foul, Foul, Collins lined out to right
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera lined out to third
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castellanos singled to left
            • A. Avila: Strike looking, Ball, Avila flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • J. Sucre: Sucre singled to shallow center
            • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bourjos reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Sucre out at second
            • S. Souza: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Souza flied out to center
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Kiermaier flied out to left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • E. Ramirez Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Jones struck out on foul tip
            • D. Machado: Machado grounded out to third
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • B. Miller: Ball, Strike looking, Miller flied out to deep left
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Beckham lined out to shortstop
            • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • E. Ramirez Pitching:
            • A. Avila: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Avila struck out looking
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, McCann lined out to center
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Romine lined out to left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • D. Robertson: Foul, Strike looking, Robertson reached on fielder's choice to second, Beckham out at second
            • J. Sucre: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Sucre struck out swinging
            • P. Bourjos: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Bourjos singled to right, Robertson to third
            • S. Souza: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Souza tripled to right, Robertson and Bourjos scored
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Kiermaier singled to shallow right center, Souza scored
            • E. Longoria: Foul, Longoria singled to left center, Kiermaier to second
            • R. Weeks: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Weeks struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • E. Ramirez Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kinsler homered to left
            • T. Collins: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Collins flied out to center
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to third
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • S. Souza: Souza doubled to deep right
            • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier hit sacrifice bunt to third, Souza to third
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Longoria struck out on foul tip
            • R. Weeks: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Weeks safe at first on shortstop Machado fielding error, Souza scored
            • B. Miller: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Miller popped out to second
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)