Choi has 2-run single in 9th, Rays beat Tigers 5-4

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Ji-Man Choi raised his arms into the air as he saw his game-winning hit clear the infield.

There was good reason to celebrate after the Tampa Bay Rays kept themselves in the AL's second wild-card spot and avoided a series loss to the woeful Detroit Tigers.

Choi's two-run single in the bottom of the ninth completed a rally from a late three-run deficit and gave the Rays a 5-4 victory on Sunday.

''Pretty exciting moment,'' Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. ''His teammates might have been halfway out there before the second run even came across.''

The Rays trailed 4-1 after seven before coming back with two in the eighth and then the winning hit in the ninth.

Travis d'Arnaud reached to open the ninth against Joe Jimenez (3-7) on shortstop Gordon Beckham's throwing error and went to second when Willy Adames walked.

The Rays loaded the bases on Mike Brosseau's one-out infield single before Choi singled to center.

''We kept on going and never gave up,'' Choi said through a translator. ''We were able to bring back the win.''

Tampa Bay had been hitless in 17 at-bats with the bases loaded since July 26.

Tommy Pham hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Buck Farmer that pulled the Rays within 4-3.

''Good teams find a way to win, and that's exactly what we did,'' Pham said.

Tampa Bay pitchers set a three-game series team record by recording 49 strikeouts, including 12 on Sunday.

Houston holds the major league record of 52, coming against Baltimore May 24-26, 2016.

The Rays lost 2-0 Friday night before winning 1-0 in 13 innings on Brosseau's single Saturday.

''We competed with a team that's in a playoff race,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''It was in our hands, in our grip, we just lost it.''

Matthew Boyd struck out nine over seven strong innings and Harold Castro homered and had three RBIs for the Tigers, who have a major league-worst 37-84 record.

Boyd allowed one run, two hits and two walks. The lefty has 201 strikeouts in 153 innings.

''It was a big performance by him,'' Gardenhire said.

Boyd departed the ballpark before the game ended for the birth of his child.

Castro hit a two-run shot in the first and had a sacrifice fly during a two-run seventh.

Victor Reyes got the Tigers' first walk of the series leading off the first against Trevor Richards and scored on Castro's homer.

Detroit finished with three walks, with two coming in the ninth off Jose Alvarado (1-5).

After Reyes had an RBI double, Castro's sac fly in the seventh put the Tigers ahead 4-1.

Richards allowed two runs, eight hits and struck out six over 3 1/3 innings in his Tampa Bay debut. The right-hander, acquired from Miami on July 31, went 3-12 for the Marlins in 23 games, including 20 starts.

RARE COMPANY

Boyd joined Mickey Lolich (seven times) and Hal Newhouser (twice) as the only Tigers left-handers with 200 or more strikeouts in a season.

GETTING A BREAK

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, hitless in nine at-bats with seven strikeouts in the first two games of the series, got the day off.

MOVING AROUND THE DIAMOND

d'Arnaud made his 15th start at first base and also took grounders at third base before the game. He has started 39 times behind the plate.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: OF Christin Stewart (concussion), C Grayson Greiner (lower back strain) and 1B Jeimer Candelario (sprained left thumb) were all in the Triple-A Toledo lineup for the second consecutive day.

Rays: RHP Tyler Glasnow, who went 6-1 before being sidelined by a right forearm strain in mid-May, will have his first bullpen session Monday. ... OF Avisail Garcia (right oblique strain) could be back in the next seven to 10 days.

UP NEXT

Tigers: RHP Edwin Jackson (3-5), a 17-year veteran, looks to win his third consecutive start since joining Detroit on Monday night at Houston. The AL West-leading Astros will counter with LHP Wade Miley (11-4).

Rays: LHP Brendan McKay (2-2) will go against Seattle LHP Marco Gonzalez (12-10) on Monday night.

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DET37-84
2000002004101
TB73-52
100000022551
  • W: J. Alvarado (1-5)L: J. Jimenez (3-7)
  • HR: DET - H. Castro (4), TB - T. Pham (18)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
V. Reyes LF42210113.270.317.383.7007.5
D. Lugo 3B50000026.218.252.293.545-1.0
H. Castro CF41231012.283.300.389.6897.5
B. Dixon 1B40100021.257.298.461.7590.0
R. Rodriguez 2B40100011.218.243.430.6740.5
J. Hicks C40100031.205.239.344.583-0.5
T. Demeritte RF40100002.267.338.433.7722.0
J. Rogers DH30000111.143.276.388.6640.5
G. Beckham SS31200110.221.285.384.6693.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Pham LF32221110.269.370.454.8239.5
    M. Duffy 3B30000101.260.329.312.6411.0
    A. Meadows RF-CF40000003.275.347.512.8590.0
    T. d'Arnaud 1B-C31110010.244.315.443.7583.5
    W. Adames SS31000102.245.310.404.7142.0
    J. Aguilar DH30000011.240.333.378.711-0.5
    a- K. Kiermaier PH-DH10000002.243.285.423.7090.0
    M. Brosseau 2B-RF40100031.284.322.477.799-0.5
    M. Zunino C20000020.169.240.329.569-1.0
    b- J. Choi PH-1B10120100.260.354.417.7714.0
    G. Heredia CF20000010.217.307.326.632-0.5
    c- E. Sogard PH-2B11000001.305.372.500.8721.0
    HITTERSAB
    T. Pham LF3
    M. Duffy 3B3
    A. Meadows RF-CF4
    T. d'Arnaud 1B-C3
    W. Adames SS3
    J. Aguilar DH3
    a- K. Kiermaier PH-DH1
    M. Brosseau 2B-RF4
    M. Zunino C2
    b- J. Choi PH-1B1
    G. Heredia CF2
    c- E. Sogard PH-2B1
    • a-fouled out-bunting for Aguilar in the 9th
    • b-walked for Zunino in the 8th
    • c-hit into fielder's choice for Heredia in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - V. Reyes 2 (7), T. Demeritte (3)
    • HR - H. Castro (4)
    • SF - H. Castro (4)
    • RBI - V. Reyes (8), H. Castro 3 (28)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Lugo 3 (3), H. Castro 2 (2), J. Hicks, T. Demeritte 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. d'Arnaud (10)
    • HR - T. Pham (18)
    • SF - T. d'Arnaud (3)
    • RBI - T. Pham 2 (53), T. d'Arnaud (48), J. Choi 2 (43)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Meadows, W. Adames, M. Brosseau
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - H. Castro (2)
    • Picked Off - J. Rogers
    FIELDING
    • E - G. Beckham (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Zunino-Brosseau)
    • E - W. Adames (14)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Boyd7.02112904.241.1623.5
    B. Farmer (H, 11)1.01221013.811.31-1.0
    J. Jimenez (L, 3-7) (BS, 5)0.12211004.821.31-9.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Boyd7.0
    B. Farmer (H, 11)1.0
    J. Jimenez (L, 3-7) (BS, 5)0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Richards3.18221614.531.421.0
    C. Poche1.20000205.050.904.0
    A. Kittredge3.02220304.061.266.5
    J. Alvarado (W, 1-5)1.00002104.761.738.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Richards3.1
    C. Poche1.2
    A. Kittredge3.0
    J. Alvarado (W, 1-5)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - B. Farmer 2 (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 107-71, B. Farmer 25-13, J. Jimenez 18-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 4-8, B. Farmer 3-0, J. Jimenez 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 25, B. Farmer 5, J. Jimenez 5
    PITCHING
    • WP - A. Kittredge
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 71-51, C. Poche 17-13, A. Kittredge 40-32, J. Alvarado 23-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 2-1, C. Poche 1-2, A. Kittredge 3-3, J. Alvarado 2-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Richards 18, C. Poche 5, A. Kittredge 11, J. Alvarado 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    DET37-84
    2000002004101
    TB73-52
    100000022551
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    V. Reyes LF42210113.270.317.383.7007.5
    D. Lugo 3B50000026.218.252.293.545-1.0
    H. Castro CF41231012.283.300.389.6897.5
    B. Dixon 1B40100021.257.298.461.7590.0
    R. Rodriguez 2B40100011.218.243.430.6740.5
    J. Hicks C40100031.205.239.344.583-0.5
    T. Demeritte RF40100002.267.338.433.7722.0
    J. Rogers DH30000111.143.276.388.6640.5
    G. Beckham SS31200110.221.285.384.6693.5
    Total354104131217-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Pham LF32221110.269.370.454.8239.5
      M. Duffy 3B30000101.260.329.312.6411.0
      A. Meadows RF-CF40000003.275.347.512.8590.0
      T. d'Arnaud 1B-C31110010.244.315.443.7583.5
      W. Adames SS31000102.245.310.404.7142.0
      J. Aguilar DH30000011.240.333.378.711-0.5
      a- K. Kiermaier PH-DH10000002.243.285.423.7090.0
      M. Brosseau 2B-RF40100031.284.322.477.799-0.5
      M. Zunino C20000020.169.240.329.569-1.0
      b- J. Choi PH-1B10120100.260.354.417.7714.0
      G. Heredia CF20000010.217.307.326.632-0.5
      c- E. Sogard PH-2B11000001.305.372.500.8721.0
      Total3055514911-----
      HITTERSAB
      T. Pham LF3
      M. Duffy 3B3
      A. Meadows RF-CF4
      T. d'Arnaud 1B-C3
      W. Adames SS3
      J. Aguilar DH3
      a- K. Kiermaier PH-DH1
      M. Brosseau 2B-RF4
      M. Zunino C2
      b- J. Choi PH-1B1
      G. Heredia CF2
      c- E. Sogard PH-2B1
      Total30
      • a-fouled out-bunting for Aguilar in the 9th
      • b-walked for Zunino in the 8th
      • c-hit into fielder's choice for Heredia in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - V. Reyes 2 (7), T. Demeritte (3)
      • HR - H. Castro (4)
      • SF - H. Castro (4)
      • RBI - V. Reyes (8), H. Castro 3 (28)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Lugo 3 (3), H. Castro 2 (2), J. Hicks, T. Demeritte 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. d'Arnaud (10)
      • HR - T. Pham (18)
      • SF - T. d'Arnaud (3)
      • RBI - T. Pham 2 (53), T. d'Arnaud (48), J. Choi 2 (43)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Meadows, W. Adames, M. Brosseau
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - H. Castro (2)
      • Picked Off - J. Rogers
      FIELDING
      • E - G. Beckham (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Zunino-Brosseau)
      • E - W. Adames (14)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Boyd7.02112904.241.1623.5
      B. Farmer (H, 11)1.01221013.811.31-1.0
      J. Jimenez (L, 3-7) (BS, 5)0.12211004.821.31-9.0
      Total8.1554491---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Boyd7.0
      B. Farmer (H, 11)1.0
      J. Jimenez (L, 3-7) (BS, 5)0.1
      Total8.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Richards3.18221614.531.421.0
      C. Poche1.20000205.050.904.0
      A. Kittredge3.02220304.061.266.5
      J. Alvarado (W, 1-5)1.00002104.761.738.5
      Total9.010443121---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Richards3.1
      C. Poche1.2
      A. Kittredge3.0
      J. Alvarado (W, 1-5)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Farmer 2 (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 107-71, B. Farmer 25-13, J. Jimenez 18-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 4-8, B. Farmer 3-0, J. Jimenez 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 25, B. Farmer 5, J. Jimenez 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Kittredge
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 71-51, C. Poche 17-13, A. Kittredge 40-32, J. Alvarado 23-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 2-1, C. Poche 1-2, A. Kittredge 3-3, J. Alvarado 2-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Richards 18, C. Poche 5, A. Kittredge 11, J. Alvarado 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Choi singled to center, d'Arnaud and Adames scored, Brosseau to second45
      • 8TH INNING
        Pham homered to center, Sogard scored43
      • 7TH INNING
        Castro hit sacrifice fly to center, Reyes scored41
        Reyes doubled to right center, Beckham scored31
      • 1ST INNING
        d'Arnaud hit sacrifice fly to center, Pham scored21
        Castro homered to left center, Reyes scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jose Alvarado relieved Andrew Kittredge
        • Ja. Rogers: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rogers walked
        • G. Beckham: Foul, Ball, Rogers picked off at first, catcher to second, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Beckham walked
        • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Beckham out at second
        • D. Lugo: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Lugo safe at first on shortstop Adames fielding error, Reyes to second
        • H. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Joe Jimenez relieved Buck Farmer
        • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, d'Arnaud safe at first on shortstop Beckham throwing error
        • W. Adames: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Adames walked, d'Arnaud to second
        • Kevin Kiermaier hit for Jesus Aguilar
        • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Kiermaier fouled out to third
        • Kevin Kiermaier at designated hitter
        • M. Brosseau: Foul, Strike looking, Brosseau reached on an infield single to shortstop, d'Arnaud to third, Adames to second
        • J. Choi: Strike swinging, Ball, Choi singled to center, d'Arnaud and Adames scored, Brosseau to second
        • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 8TH INNING
        • A. Kittredge Pitching:
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
        • J. Hicks: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • T. Demeritte: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Demeritte grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Buck Farmer relieved Matthew Boyd
        • Ji-Man Choi hit for Mike Zunino
        • J. Choi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Choi walked
        • Eric Sogard hit for Guillermo Heredia
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Sogard reached on fielder's choice to second, Choi out at second
        • T. Pham: Ball, Sogard to second on wild pitch, Ball, Sogard to third on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Pham homered to center, Sogard scored
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Duffy grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Meadows grounded out to first
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Kittredge Pitching:
        • G. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Foul, Beckham singled to center
        • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Beckham to second on wild pitch, Reyes doubled to right center, Beckham scored
        • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Lugo grounded out to shortstop, Reyes to third
        • H. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Castro hit sacrifice fly to center, Reyes scored
        • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Dixon flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Ball, Adames flied out to right
        • J. Aguilar: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Aguilar fouled out to right
        • M. Brosseau: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Brosseau struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Andrew Kittredge relieved Colin Poche
        • J. Hicks: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • T. Demeritte: Demeritte grounded out to third
        • Ja. Rogers: Ball, Rogers popped out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Ball, Duffy grounded out to third
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Meadows flied out to center
        • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Poche Pitching:
        • H. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Castro lined out to center
        • B. Dixon: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
        • R. Rodriguez: Rodriguez fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • T. Demeritte: Demeritte doubled to deep right
        • Ja. Rogers: Strike swinging, Rogers grounded out to third
        • G. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Ball, Beckham reached on an infield single to shortstop, Demeritte to third
        • Colin Poche relieved Trevor Richards
        • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
        • D. Lugo: Lugo grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Ball, Foul, d'Arnaud doubled to deep left
        • W. Adames: Strike swinging, Adames grounded out to second, d'Arnaud to third
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
        • M. Brosseau: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Brosseau struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • H. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Castro singled to center
        • B. Dixon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging, Castro caught stealing second, catcher to second
        • R. Rodriguez: Rodriguez reached on bunt single to shortstop
        • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Heredia flied out to right
        • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pham walked
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Duffy reached on fielder's choice to third, Pham out at second
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Meadows flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • Ja. Rogers: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rogers struck out swinging
        • G. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • V. Reyes: Reyes doubled to center
        • D. Lugo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lugo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Aguilar lined out to center
        • M. Brosseau: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Brosseau struck out swinging
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reyes walked
        • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Lugo struck out swinging
        • H. Castro: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castro homered to left center, Reyes scored
        • B. Dixon: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Dixon singled to center
        • R. Rodriguez: Foul, Foul, Rodriguez flied out to deep center
        • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Hicks singled to deep right, Dixon to third
        • T. Demeritte: Strike looking, Demeritte reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Hicks out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pham singled to center
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Duffy walked, Pham to second
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Meadows reached on fielder's choice to second, Pham to third, Duffy out at second
        • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, d'Arnaud hit sacrifice fly to center, Pham scored
        • W. Adames: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Adames flied out to deep center
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)