Cabrera's game-ending homer gives Tigers 5-3 win over Rays

DETROIT (AP) Miguel Cabrera came into Thursday night's game against Tampa Bay without a homer since May 20, though that didn't give the Rays much confidence.

''We all know what that man can do,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''He can hit a homer at any time to any place in any ballpark.''

Cabrera, who has been struggling with a sore back, did just that, going the opposite way for a two-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 5-3 victory.

''The way it is going right now, I wasn't sure it was going to get out,'' he said. ''I'm dealing with my back every day, but I still have to go out there and play hard.''

The game was tied at three entering the ninth, but Alex Avila singled off Tommy Hunter (0-2) with one out. Andrew Romine pinch ran and trotted home when Cabrera hit his seventh career game-ending homer into the right-field stands.

''That was huge for us, and big for him to get off the slide,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. ''He's definitely a player who can raise his game under pressure.''

Justin Wilson (3-2) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief.

Tigers starter Justin Verlander pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits and five walks. He's now walked five batters three times this season after not doing it a single time in 2016. He struck out six.

''Seven innings and two runs is a good start,'' he said. ''I could sense it was going to be a close game, so I wanted to keep us in it and give us a chance.''

Alex Cobb gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings, striking out three.

Victor Martinez gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead with his first RBI of June, a single that snapped a 0-for-16 slump.

Daniel Robertson tied it in the second with a run-scoring groundout, and Logan Morrison put the Rays ahead with a two-out double in the third.

J.D. Martinez's double made it 2-2 in the bottom of the third, but Cobb and Verlander both settled down at that point.

Ian Kinsler led off the seventh with a single and took second on Avila's walk. However, Cobb got Cabrera to bounce into a 5-4-3 double play on his 116th and final pitch.

''Normally, you never want to let Miggy see a pitcher for a fourth time, but Alex was getting him to hit the ball on the ground to third,'' Cash said. ''I decided to take the chance and it worked out.''

Jumbo Diaz came out of the bullpen and got Victor Martinez to hit a routine grounder to short, but it went under Robertson's glove, allowing Avila to score the go-ahead run.

''During the pitching change, we had been talking about there being a lot of loose dirt on the infield,'' Robertson said. ''I know Martinez can't run, but I didn't want to get caught between hops, so I came in to get it and my foot just slipped.''

Francisco Rodriguez pitched the eighth for Detroit, and allowed a long tying homer to Steven Souza Jr.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: C Wilson Ramos (ACL) went 1 for 3 in a seven-inning catching stint while on rehab at Triple-A Durham. RHP Brad Boxberger (flexor strain) struck out the side in the seventh inning while making his first rehab outing.

Tigers: Victor Martinez left the game after reaching on Robertson's seventh-inning error due to an illness.

SETTING UP CABRERA

Cobb said his approach to Cabrera in the seventh inning was simple: fastballs on the inside corner.

''He was taking every outside pitch the other way, and he was crushing off-speed pitches, so I was going to get beat with my best shot,'' he said. ''That's one of the toughest outs in baseball, but I got it.''

K-ROD STRUGGLES AGAIN

Francisco Rodriguez complained to the media earlier this week about his usage since losing the closer's role. He said that he thinks he deserves another shot at late-inning situations and that he's not happy with the lack of communication from Ausmus and pitching coach Rich Dubee.

He got a chance Thursday to pitch in the eighth inning of a tie game, and gave up a 432-foot homer and a double that was measured as 99 mph off the bat.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (3-1, 4.20) will pitch for Tampa Bay in the second game of a four-game series. Ramirez is 1-1 with a 6.59 ERA in six career appearances, including two starts, against Detroit.

Tigers: LHP Daniel Norris is scheduled to start for Detroit on Friday. Norris (3-4, 4.41) is 2-6 with a 4.52 ERA in 14 career starts at Comerica Park.

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TigersDET31-34
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  • W: J. Wilson (3-2)L: T. Hunter (0-2)
  • HR: TB - S. Souza (12), DET - M. Cabrera (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Smith CF41100120.340.411.440.8512.0
C. Dickerson DH50100012.332.369.600.9690.5
E. Longoria 3B50100023.257.323.422.7450.0
L. Morrison 1B31210100.244.349.557.9056.0
S. Souza RF31111113.260.374.485.8596.5
C. Rasmus LF40300002.292.331.602.9324.0
D. Robertson 2B30010103.204.310.350.6602.0
M. Martinez 2B20000112.167.268.194.4630.5
a- T. Beckham SS10000001.281.320.443.7630.0
J. Sucre C40000014.231.253.346.599-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Martinez in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B42100001.250.338.367.7056.0
A. Avila C40100131.310.431.5951.0270.5
A. Romine PR01000000.241.317.359.6751.0
M. Cabrera 1B52221003.280.378.446.82310.0
V. Martinez DH40210001.261.337.376.7143.0
D. Machado PR-DH0000-000.309.345.364.000-
J. Martinez RF40210002.308.392.7011.0934.0
J. Upton LF30000102.257.345.491.8361.0
N. Castellanos 3B40100002.230.302.407.7091.0
A. Presley CF40100014.250.333.406.7401.5
J. Iglesias SS40100002.268.297.387.6842.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - L. Morrison (12), C. Rasmus (6)
    • HR - S. Souza (12)
    • RBI - L. Morrison (44), S. Souza (39), D. Robertson (9)
    • 2-Out RBI - L. Morrison (12)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Cabrera (14), J. Martinez (7), A. Presley (2), J. Iglesias (15)
    • HR - M. Cabrera (6)
    • RBI - M. Cabrera 2 (31), V. Martinez (29), J. Martinez (26)
    • 2-Out RBI - V. Martinez (7), J. Martinez (6)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - I. Kinsler (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - M. Martinez, E. Longoria, L. Morrison, D. Robertson
    • E - D. Robertson 2 (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - I. Kinsler, M. Cabrera, J. Iglesias
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Cobb6.28322304.171.3910.5
    J. Diaz1.11000104.911.592.5
    T. Hunter (L, 0-2)0.12220012.551.19-9.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Cobb6.2
    J. Diaz1.1
    T. Hunter (L, 0-2)0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Verlander7.06225604.501.4914.0
    F. Rodriguez (BS, 2)1.02110016.351.590.0
    J. Wilson (W, 3-2)1.01000202.671.0410.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Verlander7.0
    F. Rodriguez (BS, 2)1.0
    J. Wilson (W, 3-2)1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - A. Cobb (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 116-74, J. Diaz 25-19, T. Hunter 14-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 10-6, J. Diaz 1-3, T. Hunter 1-0
    • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 30, J. Diaz 6, T. Hunter 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 111-64, F. Rodriguez 14-8, J. Wilson 18-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 8-5, F. Rodriguez 2-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 30, F. Rodriguez 5, J. Wilson 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    RaysTB35-34
    011000010392
    TigersDET31-34
    10100010X5110
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Smith CF41100120.340.411.440.8512.0
    C. Dickerson DH50100012.332.369.600.9690.5
    E. Longoria 3B50100023.257.323.422.7450.0
    L. Morrison 1B31210100.244.349.557.9056.0
    S. Souza RF31111113.260.374.485.8596.5
    C. Rasmus LF40300002.292.331.602.9324.0
    D. Robertson 2B30010103.204.310.350.6602.0
    M. Martinez 2B20000112.167.268.194.4630.5
    a- T. Beckham SS10000001.281.320.443.7630.0
    J. Sucre C40000014.231.253.346.599-0.5
    Total3439315820-----
    • a-grounded out for Martinez in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Kinsler 2B42100001.250.338.367.7056.0
    A. Avila C40100131.310.431.5951.0270.5
    A. Romine PR01000000.241.317.359.6751.0
    M. Cabrera 1B52221003.280.378.446.82310.0
    V. Martinez DH40210001.261.337.376.7143.0
    D. Machado PR-DH0000-000.309.345.364.000-
    J. Martinez RF40210002.308.392.7011.0934.0
    J. Upton LF30000102.257.345.491.8361.0
    N. Castellanos 3B40100002.230.302.407.7091.0
    A. Presley CF40100014.250.333.406.7401.5
    J. Iglesias SS40100002.268.297.387.6842.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Morrison (12), C. Rasmus (6)
      • HR - S. Souza (12)
      • RBI - L. Morrison (44), S. Souza (39), D. Robertson (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Morrison (12)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Cabrera (14), J. Martinez (7), A. Presley (2), J. Iglesias (15)
      • HR - M. Cabrera (6)
      • RBI - M. Cabrera 2 (31), V. Martinez (29), J. Martinez (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - V. Martinez (7), J. Martinez (6)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - I. Kinsler (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - M. Martinez, E. Longoria, L. Morrison, D. Robertson
      • E - D. Robertson 2 (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - I. Kinsler, M. Cabrera, J. Iglesias
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cobb6.28322304.171.3910.5
      J. Diaz1.11000104.911.592.5
      T. Hunter (L, 0-2)0.12220012.551.19-9.0
      Total8.11154241---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cobb6.2
      J. Diaz1.1
      T. Hunter (L, 0-2)0.1
      Total8.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander7.06225604.501.4914.0
      F. Rodriguez (BS, 2)1.02110016.351.590.0
      J. Wilson (W, 3-2)1.01000202.671.0410.0
      Total9.0933581---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander7.0
      F. Rodriguez (BS, 2)1.0
      J. Wilson (W, 3-2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - A. Cobb (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 116-74, J. Diaz 25-19, T. Hunter 14-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 10-6, J. Diaz 1-3, T. Hunter 1-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 30, J. Diaz 6, T. Hunter 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 111-64, F. Rodriguez 14-8, J. Wilson 18-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 8-5, F. Rodriguez 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 30, F. Rodriguez 5, J. Wilson 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Cabrera homered to right, Romine scored35
      • 8TH INNING
        Souza homered to left center33
      • 7TH INNING
        Martinez safe at first on 2nd baseman Robertson fielding error, Kinsler scored23
      • 3RD INNING
        Martinez doubled to deep right, Cabrera scored22
        Morrison doubled to deep center, Smith scored21
      • 2ND INNING
        Robertson grounded out to second, Morrison scored, Souza to third11
      • 1ST INNING
        Martinez singled to center, Kinsler scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Justin Wilson relieved Francisco Rodriguez
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Sucre flied out to deep right
        • M. Smith: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • C. Dickerson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Dickerson singled to shallow left
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Tommy Hunter relieved Jumbo Diaz
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Kinsler grounded out to third
        • A. Avila: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Avila singled to right
        • Andrew Romine ran for Alex Avila
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Cabrera homered to right, Romine scored
      • 8TH INNING
        • Francisco Rodriguez relieved Justin Verlander
        • Dixon Machado at designated hitter
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Morrison flied out to deep left
        • S. Souza: Ball, Souza homered to left center
        • C. Rasmus: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Rasmus doubled to deep right
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Robertson grounded out to third
        • Tim Beckham hit for Michael Martinez
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Beckham grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tim Beckham at shortstop
        • J. Upton: Foul, Ball, Upton flied out to right
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Castellanos singled to center
        • A. Presley: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Presley struck out on foul tip
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Iglesias lined out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Sucre grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Smith: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith walked
        • C. Dickerson: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Dickerson reached on fielder's choice to third, Smith out at second
        • E. Longoria: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Longoria grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Kinsler reached on an infield single to second
        • A. Avila: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Avila walked, Kinsler to second
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Cabrera grounded into double play third to second to first, Kinsler to third, Avila out at second
        • Jumbo Diaz relieved Alex Cobb
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez safe at first on 2nd baseman Robertson fielding error, Kinsler scored
        • Dixon Machado ran for Victor Martinez
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez popped out to first
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • C. Rasmus: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Rasmus singled to right center
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Robertson grounded into double play second to first, Rasmus out at second
        • M. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martinez lined out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • J. Upton: Upton popped out to second
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castellanos lined out to right
        • A. Presley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Presley doubled to left center
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Dickerson popped out to third
        • E. Longoria: Longoria singled to center
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Morrison walked, Longoria to second
        • S. Souza: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Souza struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to third
        • V. Martinez: Martinez singled to center
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Martinez grounded into double play second to second to first, Martinez out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • C. Rasmus: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rasmus singled to right
        • D. Robertson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Robertson walked, Rasmus to second
        • M. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
        • J. Sucre: Sucre grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Robertson out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Iglesias grounded out to third
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kinsler lined out to right
        • A. Avila: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Avila struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Smith singled to right
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
        • E. Longoria: Longoria flied out to deep left
        • L. Morrison: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Morrison doubled to deep center, Smith scored
        • S. Souza: Ball, Strike looking, Souza lined out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • A. Avila: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Avila struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Foul, Cabrera doubled to left
        • V. Martinez: Foul, Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to second, Cabrera to third
        • J. Martinez: Martinez doubled to deep right, Cabrera scored
        • J. Upton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Upton walked
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos safe at first on 2nd baseman Robertson fielding error, Martinez to third, Upton to second
        • A. Presley: Presley grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Morrison singled to left center
        • S. Souza: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Souza walked, Morrison to second
        • C. Rasmus: Foul, Pickoff attempt to second, Strike looking, Rasmus grounded out to first, Morrison to third, Souza to second
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Robertson grounded out to second, Morrison scored, Souza to third
        • M. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
        • J. Sucre: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sucre struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Castellanos lined out to center
        • A. Presley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Presley flied out to deep right
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Foul, Iglesias doubled to left
        • I. Kinsler: Kinsler grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Smith grounded out to second
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Dickerson flied out to right
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Longoria struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kinsler hit by pitch
        • A. Avila: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Avila struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Kinsler stole second, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to third
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez singled to center, Kinsler scored
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez singled to center, Martinez to second
        • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Upton fouled out to first
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)