Cron's homer lifts Rays to 4-2 win over Tigers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Even after his first three-hit game of the season and a home run, Kevin Kiermaier knew the focus deserved to be elsewhere Wednesday after the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 4-2 victory.

C.J. Cron's three-run home run in the seventh inning carried the Rays to their fifth straight win, and five pitchers held the opponent to two runs or fewer for the 12th time in the Rays' past 15 home games, in which they are 14-1.

''These past couple of weeks have shown you that we can compete with the best teams in baseball,'' Kiermaier said. ''You see a lot of people growing in here, and it starts with our pitching staff and what they've done.''

The Rays' ''bullpen-days'' formula is ''different from what any other team has ever done in the history of the game,'' Kiermaier added, ''and we've found a way to make it work.''

Cron's 18th homer came off Jordan Zimmermann after singles by Kiermaier and Matt Duffy.

It turned a gritty start by Zimmermann (4-1) into a loss, and the Tigers right-hander blamed himself for challenging Cron on a 2-0 pitch.

''My stubbornness came in and I thought `Throw the slider now on the (outside) corner, paint it and get this guy out,''' Zimmermann said. ''Of course, those are the ones you hang. Three-run homer and we lose the game.''

Cron and Kiermaier each had three hits for the Rays, who have won 14 of 18, and Joey Wendle extended his hitting streak to 11 games with double.

It was only the second multi-hit game of the season for Kiermaier, who came into the game with a .157 average in 30 games.

''It looks like he's starting to turn the corner a little bit and get his season going,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

''Here we are in mid-July and his numbers are what they are. But look at the wins we've had since he's been back. It's been pretty telling.''

James McCann's two-run homer off Matt Andriese in the fourth had given Detroit a 2-1 lead that lasted until Cron's homer. It was McCann's sixth homer of the season.

The Tigers, who struck out 14 times against five Tampa Bay pitchers, have lost four straight and 18 of 22.

Rookie left-hander Ryan Yarbrough (8-4) got the win after giving up one hit in three innings of relief. Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 16 opportunities.

Zimmermann (4-1) gave up four runs and 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out five. He threw a season-high 105 pitches.

The Rays' Hunter Wood pitched one inning in his first major league start, giving up two hits while striking out two.

IN THE MINORS

Rays prospect Brendan McKay allowed one run, two hits, one walk and struck out two over two innings for the Gulf Coast League Rays in his first start since being sidelined a month because of an oblique injury. McKay, who was on the Class A Charlotte disabled list, returned as the DH Monday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: SS Jose Iglesias was out of the lineup with a bruised left hand after being hit by a pitch Tuesday night. ... RHP Shane Greene (right shoulder strain) will be activated before Friday. RHP Victor Alcantara was optioned to Triple-A Toledo to open the roster spot.

Rays: LHP Jose Alvarado left the team because of a ''personal, medical issue with a family member,'' according to manager Kevin Cash. ... RHP Jake Faria (left oblique strain) will make his second rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Durham.

UP NEXT

Tigers: RHP Mike Fiers (6-5, 3.65) will pitch the opener of a three-game series at Houston on Friday night.

Rays: LHP Blake Snell (12-4, league-leading 2.09 ERA) will face the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.

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123456789RHE
DET40-55
000200000270
TB48-44
00100030X4121
  • W: R. Yarbrough (8-4)L: J. Zimmermann (4-1)S: S. Romo (11)
  • HR: DET - J. McCann (6), TB - K. Kiermaier (2), C. Cron (18)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Candelario 3B40000023.225.324.423.746-1.0
N. Castellanos RF40100020.305.358.523.8811.0
N. Goodrum 2B40100021.257.326.460.7860.0
J. Hicks 1B40100021.278.325.435.7600.0
V. Martinez DH40000003.236.288.312.6000.0
M. Mahtook LF41100010.208.248.267.5151.5
J. McCann C41221020.227.275.332.6077.0
R. Rodriguez SS30000110.167.234.167.4010.5
J. Jones CF30100022.218.273.380.6531.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Kiermaier CF52311011.175.267.292.5588.5
    M. Duffy 3B41200011.310.364.410.7742.5
    J. Bauers LF-1B30000114.234.366.441.8070.5
    C. Cron 1B41331001.253.326.475.80111.0
    C. Gomez RF00000000.206.283.336.6190.0
    J. Choi DH40200014.265.306.529.8352.5
    W. Adames SS40000013.216.263.341.604-0.5
    J. Wendle 2B40100021.278.325.373.6981.0
    J. Sucre C40000012.213.268.236.504-0.5
    M. Smith RF-LF40100001.275.340.376.7163.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Castellanos (29), J. Jones (17)
      • HR - J. McCann (6)
      • RBI - J. McCann 2 (27)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Cron (17), J. Choi (3), J. Wendle (9)
      • HR - K. Kiermaier (2), C. Cron (18)
      • RBI - K. Kiermaier (7), C. Cron 3 (46)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Cron 3 (18)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Smith (16)
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Gomez (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Zimmermann (L, 4-1)6.211441523.711.13-0.5
      A. Wilson1.00000203.791.074.0
      D. Stumpf0.11000105.401.85-0.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Zimmermann (L, 4-1)6.2
      A. Wilson1.0
      D. Stumpf0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Wood1.02000201.801.002.0
      M. Andriese3.03221613.761.166.0
      R. Yarbrough (W, 8-4)3.01000403.621.2817.0
      D. Castillo (H, 8)1.01000001.800.852.0
      S. Romo (S, 11)1.00000203.951.2411.0
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Wood1.0
      M. Andriese3.0
      R. Yarbrough (W, 8-4)3.0
      D. Castillo (H, 8)1.0
      S. Romo (S, 11)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Zimmermann
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 105-79, A. Wilson 15-9, D. Stumpf 6-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 6-9
      • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 32, A. Wilson 3, D. Stumpf 2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Wood 22-16, M. Andriese 49-32, R. Yarbrough 38-29, D. Castillo 7-5, S. Romo 12-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Wood 1-0, M. Andriese 1-2, R. Yarbrough 2-3, S. Romo 1-0
      • Batters Faced - H. Wood 5, M. Andriese 13, R. Yarbrough 10, D. Castillo 4, S. Romo 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
      123456789RHE
      DET40-55
      000200000270
      TB48-44
      00100030X4121
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Candelario 3B40000023.225.324.423.746-1.0
      N. Castellanos RF40100020.305.358.523.8811.0
      N. Goodrum 2B40100021.257.326.460.7860.0
      J. Hicks 1B40100021.278.325.435.7600.0
      V. Martinez DH40000003.236.288.312.6000.0
      M. Mahtook LF41100010.208.248.267.5151.5
      J. McCann C41221020.227.275.332.6077.0
      R. Rodriguez SS30000110.167.234.167.4010.5
      J. Jones CF30100022.218.273.380.6531.0
      Total34272111410-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        K. Kiermaier CF52311011.175.267.292.5588.5
        M. Duffy 3B41200011.310.364.410.7742.5
        J. Bauers LF-1B30000114.234.366.441.8070.5
        C. Cron 1B41331001.253.326.475.80111.0
        C. Gomez RF00000000.206.283.336.6190.0
        J. Choi DH40200014.265.306.529.8352.5
        W. Adames SS40000013.216.263.341.604-0.5
        J. Wendle 2B40100021.278.325.373.6981.0
        J. Sucre C40000012.213.268.236.504-0.5
        M. Smith RF-LF40100001.275.340.376.7163.0
        Total36412421818-----
        HITTERSAB
        K. Kiermaier CF5
        M. Duffy 3B4
        J. Bauers LF-1B3
        C. Cron 1B4
        C. Gomez RF0
        J. Choi DH4
        W. Adames SS4
        J. Wendle 2B4
        J. Sucre C4
        M. Smith RF-LF4
        Total36
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Castellanos (29), J. Jones (17)
          • HR - J. McCann (6)
          • RBI - J. McCann 2 (27)
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Cron (17), J. Choi (3), J. Wendle (9)
          • HR - K. Kiermaier (2), C. Cron (18)
          • RBI - K. Kiermaier (7), C. Cron 3 (46)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Cron 3 (18)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Smith (16)
          FIELDING
          • E - C. Gomez (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Zimmermann (L, 4-1)6.211441523.711.13-0.5
          A. Wilson1.00000203.791.074.0
          D. Stumpf0.11000105.401.85-0.5
          Total8.01244182---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Zimmermann (L, 4-1)6.2
          A. Wilson1.0
          D. Stumpf0.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          H. Wood1.02000201.801.002.0
          M. Andriese3.03221613.761.166.0
          R. Yarbrough (W, 8-4)3.01000403.621.2817.0
          D. Castillo (H, 8)1.01000001.800.852.0
          S. Romo (S, 11)1.00000203.951.2411.0
          Total9.07221141---
          PITCHERSIP
          H. Wood1.0
          M. Andriese3.0
          R. Yarbrough (W, 8-4)3.0
          D. Castillo (H, 8)1.0
          S. Romo (S, 11)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Zimmermann
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 105-79, A. Wilson 15-9, D. Stumpf 6-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 6-9
          • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 32, A. Wilson 3, D. Stumpf 2
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - H. Wood 22-16, M. Andriese 49-32, R. Yarbrough 38-29, D. Castillo 7-5, S. Romo 12-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Wood 1-0, M. Andriese 1-2, R. Yarbrough 2-3, S. Romo 1-0
          • Batters Faced - H. Wood 5, M. Andriese 13, R. Yarbrough 10, D. Castillo 4, S. Romo 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Cron homered to left center, Kiermaier and Duffy scored24
          • 4TH INNING
            McCann homered to left, Mahtook scored21
          • 3RD INNING
            Kiermaier homered to right center01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Sergio Romo relieved Diego Castillo
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mahtook grounded out to shortstop
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Carlos Gomez in right field
            • Diego Castillo relieved Ryan Yarbrough
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos doubled to deep left
            • N. Goodrum: Goodrum lined out to left
            • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Ball, Hicks lined out to right, Castellanos to third on right fielder Gomez fielding error
            • V. Martinez: Martinez lined out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • A. Wilson Pitching:
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
            • J. Sucre: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Sucre popped out to second
            • Daniel Stumpf relieved Alex Wilson
            • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Smith singled to left
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Smith stole second, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
            • R. Rodriguez: Rodriguez grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Jones doubled to deep left
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Candelario grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Smith grounded out to second
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Kiermaier reached on an infield single to third
            • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Duffy singled to shallow left, Kiermaier to second
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kiermaier to third, Duffy to second on wild pitch, Bauers popped out to first
            • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Cron homered to left center, Kiermaier and Duffy scored
            • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Choi doubled to left
            • Alex Wilson relieved Jordan Zimmermann
            • W. Adames: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Martinez lined out to shortstop
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Mahtook struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • J. Choi: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Choi singled to shallow left
            • W. Adames: Adames grounded out to shortstop, Choi to second
            • J. Wendle: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
            • J. Sucre: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sucre struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Ryan Yarbrough relieved Matt Andriese
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Candelario lined out to left
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos lined out to right
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier singled to center
            • M. Duffy: Duffy flied out to deep right
            • J. Bauers: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
            • C. Cron: Cron grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Kiermaier out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Andriese Pitching:
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez flied out to deep left
            • M. Mahtook: Mahtook reached on bunt single to shortstop
            • J. McCann: Strike swinging, Foul, McCann homered to left, Mahtook scored
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Foul, Rodriguez flied out to center
            • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Wendle grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Sucre flied out to right
            • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Smith flied out to center
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Andriese Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
            • J. Hicks: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Hicks struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier homered to right center
            • M. Duffy: Duffy reached on an infield single to second
            • J. Bauers: Bauers lined out to center
            • C. Cron: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cron doubled to deep left, Duffy to third
            • J. Choi: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
            • W. Adames: Strike swinging, Adames flied out to right
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • Matt Andriese relieved Hunter Wood
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mahtook grounded out to third
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, McCann singled to shallow left
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rodriguez walked, McCann to second
            • J. Jones: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Adames grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Strike looking, Wendle doubled to left center
            • J. Sucre: Foul, Sucre flied out to center
            • M. Smith: Smith flied out to deep left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • H. Wood Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Candelario struck out on foul tip
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • N. Goodrum: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goodrum singled to shallow left
            • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hicks singled to shallow center, Goodrum to third
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Martinez grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Foul, Kiermaier flied out to center
            • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duffy struck out swinging
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bauers walked
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Cron singled to shallow left, Bauers to second
            • J. Choi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Choi grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)