American League Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Detroit|
(Sunday, July 6)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 7, Detroit 3
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - David Price pitched into the ninth inning,
outdueling Rick Porcello, and the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Detroit Tigers
7-3 on Sunday night in the finale of a four-game series.
Price (8-7), whose five-game streak of posting at least 10 strikeouts ended
his last time out, surrendered three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts in
cruising to his third straight victory.
Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez each had four hits and Desmond Jennings
finished 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored.
Matt Joyce also added a two-run homer for the Rays, who took the final three
games from Detroit and have won 10 of their last 12 overall.
"This is the type of baseball we expected to play," Price said. "I feel like
I'm the most complete pitcher that I have ever been right now."
Porcello (11-5), who pitched back-to-back shutouts in his previous two outings
and entered the game with a 25-inning scoreless streak, was tagged for seven
runs on 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Torii Hunter and J.D. Martinez each hit solo homers in the setback.
"It sucks," Hunter said of the how the series ended. "Don't sleep on them."
Tampa Bay didn't allow Porcello to run his scoreless innings streak any
further, jumping on the right-hander right out of the gate. Jennings led off
the game with a double to right and Zobrist followed with an RBI single.
Joyce then hit a deep drive to right that was initially ruled a triple,
but Tampa Bay challenged the ruling and a video review showed the ball going
above the yellow line bordering the wall before hitting the metal fencing
and bouncing back onto the field.
Joyce's seventh homer of the season gave the Rays a 3-0 lead.
The Tigers got on the board when Rajai Davis flicked an opposite-field double
to begin the home first and scored two batters later on Miguel Cabrera's
Both pitchers settled down from there until Tampa Bay added another run in the
Zobrist singled and Joyce walked with one out before Evan Longoria ripped a
single to center for a 4-1 lead.
The Rays then broke it open in the sixth.
Back-to-back singles from Rodriguez and Jose Molina set up an RBI groundout by
Jennings then drilled a two-run homer to left to increase the cushion, ending
Hunter threw Rodriguez out at the plate to end the top of the seventh and led
off the home half with his 11th homer of the season. Detroit could have added
on, but Eugenio Suarez fell down while running home on Austin Jackson's double
and Molina easily tagged him out to end the inning.
Martinez led off the bottom of the ninth with a solo shot to right before
Price got two quick outs.
The southpaw couldn't capture his 11th career complete game, however, allowing
two straight walks to open the door for closer Jake McGee.
McGee blew a fastball by Jackson to end it and capture his fifth save of the
Prior to the game, pitcher Max Scherzer, third baseman Miguel Cabrera and
designated hitter Victor Martinez were named to the All-Star Game representing
the AL Central-leading Tigers ... Martinez, though, missed his second straight
game due to a back injury ... David Price was the lone Tampa Bay player
selected to the Midsummer Classic ... Porcello, named to the AL Final Vote
ballot, was vying to become the first Detroit pitcher since Jack Morris in
1986 to pitch three consecutive shutouts ... A thunderstorm rolled through the
area in the ninth, prompting cheers from the crowd with each clash of thunder.
07/07 00:28:50 ET