Jake Rogers drove in three runs and Akil Baddoo homered and the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2
ByDAVE HOGG Associated Press
DETROIT — Jake Rogers drove in three runs and Akil Baddoo homered and the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Saturday.
Detroit entered the game with a 3-17 record against American League East opponents and had lost all four meetings with the Rays.
The Rays entered the ninth down 4-2, but closer Alex Lange walked the first two hitters. Yandy Díaz hit into a double play before Lange walked Wander Franco.
Tigers manager A.J. Hinch brought in Beau Brieske, who struck out Isaac Paredes for his first career save.
Tarik Skubal (2-1) picked up the win, allowing an unearned run and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six while walking one.
Aaron Civale (5-3) lost for the first time to the Tigers in his 11th start, giving up three runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. Civale, who was making his Rays debut, had gone 7-0 with a 2.06 ERA in 10 starts against Detroit for Cleveland. The Guardians won all 10 games.
Both teams scored a run in the second. Tampa Bay got a one-out RBI single from Manuel Margot and the Tigers answered with three singles that finished with Rogers driving in Miguel Cabrera.
The Tigers added two in the fourth when Rogers doubled in Andy Ibanez and Baddoo.
The Rays loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth, but reliever Jose Cisnero struck out Margot to end the inning.
Baddoo made it 4-1 with a solo homer in the sixth, and the Tigers appeared to escape another bases-loaded jam in the seventh. Detroit turned an apparent 6-4-3 double play to end the inning, but replay showed Paredes beating the throw to first, making it 4-2.
Jason Foley retired Randy Arozarena to keep the lead at two runs.
Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera was honored for his career achievements in a pregame ceremony for Fiesta Tigers weekend. Cabrera singled in his first at-bat — his 3,140th hit.
The teams finish their three-game series on Sunday, with Detroit’s RHP Matt Manning (3-3, 4.53) facing RHP Tyler Glasnow (5-3, 3.15).
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