Hicks' bunt lifts Tigers to 3-2 win over Rays in 12

DETROIT (AP) John Hicks stepped into the batter's box and saw a shifted infield, playing the right-handed hitter to pull the ball.

He had other plans.

Hicks' bunt single scored JaCoby Jones in the 12th inning, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.

''I looked to the right side and said this would be a perfect time for it,'' Hicks said.

Jones started the winning rally with a leadoff triple. Hicks then bunted toward first and the Rays didn't have a chance to make a play at the plate.

First baseman Brad Miller, who was playing about 25 feet to the left of first before the pitch, charged in to field the ball and collided with right-hander Matt Andriese (0-1).

''I was thinking that if I could pull off a glove flip, we probably had a chance,'' Miller said. ''I'm sure Matt was thinking the same thing and we kind of mangled each other.''

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said before the game he had been encouraging his players to try to beat shifts by hitting to the opposite field. Hours later, Gardenhire said he didn't tell Hicks to bunt.

''I'm crazy,'' Gardenhire said. ''But I'm not that crazy.''

Warwick Saupold (1-0) got three outs for the win, striking out two. He combined with five other relievers for six scoreless innings, yielding just two hits.

Tampa Bay left-hander Blake Snell was pulled after he surrendered James McCann's tying solo homer with two out in the seventh. Snell, who had won his previous four starts, gave up five hits, struck out four and walked one.

''Nothing felt right, so I was glad I got through 6 2/3 innings,'' he said.

The Rays had a chance to regain the lead in the eighth, putting a runner on second with two out. But Carlos Gomez's liner was snagged by leaping second baseman Dixon Machado.

Michael Fulmer pitched six innings of two-run ball for Detroit. Fulmer has yielded a total of four earned runs in his last three starts, and hasn't factored in the decision in each of those games.

''When we had Fulmer at 50 pitches through four, I didn't think he could get through six,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''But he reset himself.''

The Rays scored in each of the first two innings on Wilson Ramos' RBI single and Denard Span's groundout.

Machado's groundout got Detroit on the board in the fifth and McCann's third homer this season made it 2-all in the seventh.

NO SURPRISE

The second-place Tigers (13-16) won two straight over the Rays and are playing better than anyone outside their clubhouse expected during a rebuilding season .

''We're not surprised because from Day 1 of spring training, we blocked out the outside noise,'' McCann said.

CLOSE CALLS

The Rays have played a baseball -high 15 games, including the last four, decided by a run and have won just five of those games.

Cash, with a lot of gray hair on the side of his head and some on top, is well aware of how many tight games he has managed this season.

''Look at my hair,'' he deadpanned.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (right elbow surgery) recently threw nearly 100 mph, but the Rays are sticking to their plan to bring him back in a few weeks. ''He's chomping at the bit and I would, too, if I threw 99 in a bullpen session,'' Cash said.

Tigers: Slugger Miguel Cabrera missed his third straight game because of a left biceps spasm and there's no timetable for his return.

UP NEXT

Rays: LHP Ryan Yarbrough (1-1) is expected to start when Tampa Bay begins a homestand Friday night against Toronto. Yarbrough was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Tuesday night.

Tigers: RHP Mike Fiers (2-2) is Detroit's probable pitcher as it begins a road trip Thursday afternoon against LHP Eric Skoglund (1-2) and the Kansas City Royals.

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  • W: W. Saupold (1-0)L: M. Andriese (0-1)
  • HR: DET - J. McCann (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Span LF41010212.253.376.434.8103.5
C. Cron DH50100022.265.306.496.8010.0
M. Duffy 3B50000033.274.299.345.644-1.5
B. Miller 1B40100100.227.288.364.6512.0
W. Ramos C50310011.313.368.525.8933.5
J. Wendle 2B30000015.316.376.474.850-0.5
a- D. Robertson PH-2B10000101.310.456.521.9771.0
C. Gomez RF51200002.188.248.330.5783.0
M. Smith CF40100012.322.385.402.7881.5
A. Hechavarria SS40000021.271.305.344.649-1.0
  • a-grounded out for Wendle in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Martin CF50000021.267.325.467.791-1.0
J. Candelario 3B50100010.287.364.513.8771.5
N. Castellanos RF50000021.297.352.441.792-1.0
V. Martinez DH40100001.222.294.344.6391.0
V. Reyes PR-DH0000-000.118.118.118.000-
a- N. Goodrum PH-DH10000010.204.291.347.638-0.5
J. Jones LF51300000.280.337.467.8046.0
J. Hicks 1B41210103.219.286.469.7545.0
J. McCann C41211023.259.301.412.7136.0
J. Iglesias SS30000001.210.245.300.5450.0
D. Machado 2B40010001.200.257.310.5671.0
  • a-struck out for Reyes in the 11th
BATTING
  • SH - A. Hechavarria (2)
  • RBI - D. Span (22), W. Ramos (14)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Candelario (8)
  • 3B - J. Jones (2)
  • HR - J. McCann (3)
  • SH - J. Iglesias
  • RBI - J. Hicks (5), J. McCann (12), D. Machado (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. McCann (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Smith
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell6.25221412.550.9415.0
C. Roe0.20000004.631.200.0
J. Alvarado0.20000002.450.950.0
S. Romo1.02000105.231.941.5
A. Kittredge1.00000106.231.623.5
M. Andriese (L, 0-1)1.02110204.671.21-4.0
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell6.2
C. Roe0.2
J. Alvarado0.2
S. Romo1.0
A. Kittredge1.0
M. Andriese (L, 0-1)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fulmer6.06222502.801.2713.5
A. Wilson1.00001204.911.043.0
D. Stumpf0.11000001.541.20-1.0
J. Jimenez0.20000002.301.150.0
S. Greene1.01000004.851.382.0
B. Farmer2.00001204.801.936.0
W. Saupold (W, 1-0)1.00000203.121.2711.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 86-57, C. Roe 6-5, J. Alvarado 8-6, S. Romo 21-14, A. Kittredge 11-8, M. Andriese 15-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 8-7, C. Roe 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 25, C. Roe 2, J. Alvarado 2, S. Romo 5, A. Kittredge 3, M. Andriese 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Fulmer (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fulmer 109-70, A. Wilson 15-8, D. Stumpf 7-4, J. Jimenez 3-2, S. Greene 7-4, B. Farmer 23-12, W. Saupold 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fulmer 8-4, J. Jimenez 1-1, S. Greene 2-0, B. Farmer 3-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Fulmer 26, A. Wilson 4, D. Stumpf 2, J. Jimenez 2, S. Greene 3, B. Farmer 6, W. Saupold 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Span LF41010212.253.376.434.8103.5
C. Cron DH50100022.265.306.496.8010.0
M. Duffy 3B50000033.274.299.345.644-1.5
B. Miller 1B40100100.227.288.364.6512.0
W. Ramos C50310011.313.368.525.8933.5
J. Wendle 2B30000015.316.376.474.850-0.5
a- D. Robertson PH-2B10000101.310.456.521.9771.0
C. Gomez RF51200002.188.248.330.5783.0
M. Smith CF40100012.322.385.402.7881.5
A. Hechavarria SS40000021.271.305.344.649-1.0
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HITTERSAB
D. Span LF4
C. Cron DH5
M. Duffy 3B5
B. Miller 1B4
W. Ramos C5
J. Wendle 2B3
a- D. Robertson PH-2B1
C. Gomez RF5
M. Smith CF4
A. Hechavarria SS4
Total40
  • a-grounded out for Wendle in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Martin CF50000021.267.325.467.791-1.0
J. Candelario 3B50100010.287.364.513.8771.5
N. Castellanos RF50000021.297.352.441.792-1.0
V. Martinez DH40100001.222.294.344.6391.0
V. Reyes PR-DH0000-000.118.118.118.000-
a- N. Goodrum PH-DH10000010.204.291.347.638-0.5
J. Jones LF51300000.280.337.467.8046.0
J. Hicks 1B41210103.219.286.469.7545.0
J. McCann C41211023.259.301.412.7136.0
J. Iglesias SS30000001.210.245.300.5450.0
D. Machado 2B40010001.200.257.310.5671.0
Total4039311811-----
  • a-struck out for Reyes in the 11th
BATTING
  • SH - A. Hechavarria (2)
  • RBI - D. Span (22), W. Ramos (14)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Candelario (8)
  • 3B - J. Jones (2)
  • HR - J. McCann (3)
  • SH - J. Iglesias
  • RBI - J. Hicks (5), J. McCann (12), D. Machado (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. McCann (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Smith
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell6.25221412.550.9415.0
C. Roe0.20000004.631.200.0
J. Alvarado0.20000002.450.950.0
S. Romo1.02000105.231.941.5
A. Kittredge1.00000106.231.623.5
M. Andriese (L, 0-1)1.02110204.671.21-4.0
Total11.0933181---
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell6.2
C. Roe0.2
J. Alvarado0.2
S. Romo1.0
A. Kittredge1.0
M. Andriese (L, 0-1)1.0
Total11.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fulmer6.06222502.801.2713.5
A. Wilson1.00001204.911.043.0
D. Stumpf0.11000001.541.20-1.0
J. Jimenez0.20000002.301.150.0
S. Greene1.01000004.851.382.0
B. Farmer2.00001204.801.936.0
W. Saupold (W, 1-0)1.00000203.121.2711.0
Total12.08224110---
PITCHERSIP
M. Fulmer6.0
A. Wilson1.0
D. Stumpf0.1
J. Jimenez0.2
S. Greene1.0
B. Farmer2.0
W. Saupold (W, 1-0)1.0
Total12.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 86-57, C. Roe 6-5, J. Alvarado 8-6, S. Romo 21-14, A. Kittredge 11-8, M. Andriese 15-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 8-7, C. Roe 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 25, C. Roe 2, J. Alvarado 2, S. Romo 5, A. Kittredge 3, M. Andriese 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Fulmer (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fulmer 109-70, A. Wilson 15-8, D. Stumpf 7-4, J. Jimenez 3-2, S. Greene 7-4, B. Farmer 23-12, W. Saupold 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fulmer 8-4, J. Jimenez 1-1, S. Greene 2-0, B. Farmer 3-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Fulmer 26, A. Wilson 4, D. Stumpf 2, J. Jimenez 2, S. Greene 3, B. Farmer 6, W. Saupold 3
  • 12TH INNING
    Hicks reached on bunt single to pitcher, Jones scored23
  • 7TH INNING
    McCann homered to left center22
  • 5TH INNING
    Machado grounded out to shortstop, Hicks scored21
  • 2ND INNING
    Span grounded out to second, Gomez scored, Smith to third20
  • 1ST INNING
    Ramos singled to left, Span scored, Cron to third, Miller to second10
  • 12TH INNING
    • Warwick Saupold relieved Buck Farmer
    • M. Smith: Foul, Ball, Smith flied out to center
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
    • D. Span: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Span struck out looking
    • Middle of the 12th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Andriese Pitching:
    • J. Jones: Strike looking, Jones tripled to deep center
    • J. Hicks: Hicks reached on bunt single to pitcher, Jones scored
  • 11TH INNING
    • B. Farmer Pitching:
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ramos struck out looking
    • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Robertson walked
    • C. Gomez: Gomez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Robertson out at second
    • Middle of the 11th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Andriese relieved Andrew Kittredge
    • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Candelario struck out looking
    • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Ball, Castellanos lined out to center
    • Niko Goodrum hit for Victor Reyes
    • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
    • End of the 11th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 10TH INNING
    • Buck Farmer relieved Shane Greene
    • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cron grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Duffy: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Duffy struck out looking
    • B. Miller: Miller grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 10th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Andrew Kittredge relieved Sergio Romo
    • J. Iglesias: Foul, Iglesias lined out to right
    • D. Machado: Ball, Foul, Machado lined out to center
    • L. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
    • End of the 10th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 9TH INNING
    • Shane Greene relieved Joe Jimenez
    • M. Smith: Smith reached on bunt single to second
    • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria reached on fielder's choice to second, Smith out at second
    • D. Span: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Span grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Hechavarria out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Sergio Romo relieved Jose Alvarado
    • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Foul, Castellanos popped out to second
    • V. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martinez singled to left
    • Victor Reyes ran for Victor Martinez
    • J. Jones: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Jones singled to shallow center, Reyes to second
    • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Ball, Hicks fouled out to catcher
    • J. McCann: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Daniel Stumpf relieved Alex Wilson
    • B. Miller: Miller reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramos flied out to center
    • Daniel Robertson hit for Joey Wendle
    • Joe Jimenez relieved Daniel Stumpf
    • D. Robertson: Ball, Robertson grounded out to first, Miller to second
    • C. Gomez: Gomez lined out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Roe Pitching:
    • D. Machado: Ball, Foul, Machado flied out to center
    • Jose Alvarado relieved Chaz Roe
    • L. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Martin flied out to right
    • J. Candelario: Candelario flied out to shallow center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Alex Wilson relieved Michael Fulmer
    • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria lined out to left
    • D. Span: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Span walked
    • C. Cron: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
    • M. Duffy: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duffy struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • J. Jones: Jones singled to shallow left center
    • J. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Hicks flied into double play center to second, Jones out at second
    • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Foul, McCann homered to left center
    • Chaz Roe relieved Blake Snell
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Fulmer Pitching:
    • B. Miller: Miller flied out to deep left
    • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramos singled to center
    • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wendle lined out to center
    • C. Gomez: Ball, Strike looking, Gomez singled to center, Ramos to second
    • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Smith struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Candelario lined out to center
    • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Castellanos struck out looking
    • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Fulmer Pitching:
    • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Span grounded out to second
    • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cron struck out looking
    • M. Duffy: Duffy popped out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • J. Hicks: Hicks singled to deep right
    • J. McCann: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McCann singled to left, Hicks to second
    • J. Iglesias: Iglesias hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Hicks to third, McCann to second
    • D. Machado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Machado grounded out to shortstop, Hicks scored
    • L. Martin: Martin lined out to center
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Fulmer Pitching:
    • C. Gomez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gomez grounded out to third
    • M. Smith: Smith grounded out to first
    • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
    • V. Martinez: Martinez lined out to right
    • J. Jones: Foul, Jones grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Fulmer Pitching:
    • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duffy struck out swinging
    • B. Miller: Strike swinging, Miller grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ramos singled to right
    • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Wendle struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • D. Machado: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Machado grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
    • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Candelario grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Fulmer Pitching:
    • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Gomez reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • M. Smith: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Smith hit by pitch, Gomez to second
    • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Gomez to third, Smith to second
    • D. Span: Ball, Ball, Span grounded out to second, Gomez scored, Smith to third
    • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cron grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Jones grounded out to third
    • J. Hicks: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Hicks walked
    • J. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Fulmer Pitching:
    • D. Span: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Span walked
    • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Cron singled to right, Span to third
    • M. Duffy: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duffy flied out to right
    • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Miller walked, Cron to second
    • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramos singled to left, Span scored, Cron to third, Miller to second
    • J. Wendle: Wendle grounded into double play first to catcher, Cron out at home
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • L. Martin: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martin fouled out to catcher
    • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Candelario doubled to left
    • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Castellanos popped out to third
    • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez lined out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)