American League Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Detroit|
(Saturday, July 5)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 7, Detroit 2
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Kiermaier hit two triples and drove in
three runs to lead the Tampa Bay Rays in a 7-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers
Logan Forsythe hit a solo home run and drove in a pair, while Desmond Jennings
and Brandon Guyer each had an RBI for the Rays, who have taken the past two
games after dropping the opener of this four-game set.
Chris Archer (5-5) pitched into the ninth, but was pulled with one out. He was
charged with two runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
"This was my best game thus far," said Archer. "Even though I gave up two solo
home runs, that's a good hitting team and I think any pitcher would be happy
to give up just two solo homers."
J.D. Martinez and Alex Avila hit solo home runs for the Tigers, who had won
four straight prior to dropping the last two. Anibal Sanchez (5-3) allowed
seven runs on six hits with four walks in 5 2/3 innings.
The game stayed scoreless until the fifth inning when Forsythe homered to left
with one out in the frame. Ryan Hanigan walked and Kiermaier followed with a
triple. Jennings singled home Kiermaier for a 3-0 lead.
"Early in the game I thought he was going to have a good game," said Detroit
manager Brad Ausmus about Sanchez. "He looked sharp and his pitch count was
down. Things seemed to turn for him on that Hanigan at-bat because he didn't
seem to be as sharp after that."
In the sixth, the Rays padded their lead with four more runs. Guyer sacrificed
home a run with a fly ball, Forsythe brought home another with a suicide-
squeeze, and Kiermaier later hit his second triple of the game for a 7-0
Avila's homer in the seventh inning, a blast to right, got Detroit on the
Martinez homered off the left field foul pole to start the ninth. Torii Hunter
then singled and Avila walked following a strikeout by Nick Castellanos.
Grant Balfour took over on the mound and struck out Andrew Romine and Rajai
Davis to end the game.
Tampa was 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base,
while Detroit was 0-for-6 with RISP and left seven ... Tampa is 8-2 on its 11-
game road trip that will wrap up on Sunday in the series finale ... David
Price pitches for Tampa on Sunday and will be opposed by Rick Porcello.
07/05 22:44:27 ET