DETROIT (AP) — Brandon Lowe scored a two-run double in the eighth inning for the Tampa Bay Rays, a franchise-record 13 times, while rallying to beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Friday night.
Three walks came in the eighth leg of Tampa Bay’s three runs. The Rays went 3–0 after two innings and won their third straight game before coming back.
The Ray walked 12 times in an 11-innings win over the Marlins on June 19, 2010, and walked 11 times in as many nine-inning games.
Joe Jimenez (3-1) struck the first two batsmen – Tampa Bay’s 11th and 12th walks – and Lowe followed with a two-run double before the Tigers went 3-2 to eighth. Isaac Paredes, traded from Detroit to the Rays in the spring, made it 5-3 with an RBI single.
Jalen Beaks (2-1) won from seventh place without a score.
In the ninth, the Tigers brought the winning run to the plate before Colin Poche dismissed Riley Greene to save the seventh.
Rays starter Corey Kluber conceded three runs on seven hits in six innings, continuing a 10-start unbeaten streak (7-0, 1.10) against Detroit.
Tigers starter Brian Garcia played four shutout innings despite six batsmen running.
Jammer Candelario’s RBI single gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the first round and Garcia somehow survived the first two innings without conceding a run. He went into the first two, but the Tigers made a double play.
The Rays wasted a huge opportunity in second. Luke Raleigh led with a drive down the right-field line that first base umpire Dan Isogna ruled out a home run. He was quickly dismissed by home-plate umpire Scott Barry and Raleigh was dismissed on the next pitch.
Randy Arrozarena scored a single but Garcia’s next three batsmen’s bases were tossed before stealing the load. He went 2–0 behind Lowe, but Lowe swung on the next two pitches before running out to end the innings.
Green scored the third home run of his career to take the Tigers 3-0. Detroit, however, only managed two more hits.
Tampa Bay joined the board on David Peralta’s RBI double in fifth. Reliever Will West drives Reilly to load the base – the third run of West’s innings and Detroit’s ninth game. Arozrena walked off the field to end the innings, leaving Rez eight runners on base in five innings.
Lowe’s RBI single made it 3-2 in the sixth, but Ray trapped two more runners.
The Rays added RHP Jimmy Yacabonis to the roster and reinstated C Francisco Mejia (shoulder) from the injured list. For the spot, he picked RHP Ralph Garza Jr. and C Rene Pinto for Triple-A Durham.
Garcia is the first Tiger starter since Tommy Bridges scored a 4–2 victory against the Philadelphia A on July 28, 1932, to run six batters on a scoreless start in four or fewer innings.
Only two other pitchers have done so in the 21st century, one at Comerica Park. Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels scored seven for six in a 6–2 win against the Texas Rangers on April 20, 2021, and Sean Gallagher did the same for the Cincinnati Reds against the Tigers on September 10, 2008. ,
Sweet Lou’s Honor
The Tigers will put Lou Whitaker’s No. 1 jersey on the wall next to longtime double play partner and Hall of Famer Alan Trammell’s No. 3 before Saturday’s game.
The teams play the third in a four-match weekend series on Saturday. Shane McClanahan (10-4, 2.07) is set to start for the Rays against Garrett Hill (1-3, 5.88).
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