ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Cameron Maybin capped a dramatic eight-run ninth inning with a tiebreaking three-run double, and the Detroit Tigers overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-7 on Thursday night.
Detroit trailed 7-2 entering the ninth and opened the inning with four consecutive hits off Ryan Garton, including Victor Martinez’s RBI single.
Erasmo Ramirez (7-7) replaced Garton and allowed Justin Upton’s run-scoring single, Steven Moya’s sacrifice fly and an RBI single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia that made it 7-6.
Jose Iglesias drew a walk to load the bases, and Ian Kinsler got another free pass on a 3-2 pitch to tie it 7-7.
Maybin’s drive to left-center cleared the bases to put Detroit up 10-7.
Garton entered after reliever Matt Andriese went three scoreless innings.
Winner Anibal Sanchez (5-8) gave up two runs in two innings. Francisco Rodriguez got the final three outs for his 22nd save.
Nick Franklin had a three-run pinch-hit double during a four-run third inning for the Rays, who had won two of three after an 11-game losing streak.
Franklin pinch hit for Desmond Jennings with the bases loaded and put the Rays up 5-0 on an opposite-field flare to left that landed in front of Upton and took a strange bounce past the outfielder.
Tampa Bay’s Jake Odorizzi gave up two runs, three hits, three walks and struck out seven in five-plus innings.
Jordan Zimmermann allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings for the Tigers. He has given 12 runs over 9 2/3 innings in his last two starts.
Rays: Jennings departed with left hamstring tightness. … LF Corey Dickerson was back after missing three games with a sore left thumb. … OF Oswaldo Arcia was the DH after missing Wednesday’s game due to flu-like symptoms. … RHP Alex Colome (right biceps tendinitis) played catch at 90 feet. … RHP Brad Boxberger (left oblique) threw 15 fastballs during his first bullpen session.
Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. (strained left hip) hit two long homers and went 5 for 9 in a simulated game Thursday. Souza, scheduled to start a rehab assignment Friday with Class A Charlotte, went deep off Alex Cobb and Chase Whitley, who are both coming back from Tommy John surgery. “Feel bad for them,” Souza said with a smile. “They’ll be all right.” Souza and Franklin had back-to-back homers during a one-inning stint against Whitley, who did make a nice play in catching Souza’s foul pop-up. Cobb threw 36 pitches over two innings and could start a rehab assignment next week.
Tigers: RHP Michael Fulmer (7-2) looks to extend his stretch of allowing one run or fewer over eight consecutive starts Friday night against the Rays. His current seven-game run ties Justin Verlander (2011) and Al Benton (1945) for the longest by a Tigers pitcher since 1913.
Rays: LHP Drew Smyly (2-8) seeks to end a seven-start winless streak.