DETROIT (AP) — Chris Archer pitched six strong innings, Daniel Robertson drove in two runs and scored the tiebreaker on Mallex Smith’s single in the seventh, and the Tampa Bay Rays bounced back to beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 Saturday.
Detroit had won the first two games of the series, outscoring the Rays 18-7.
Archer (5-4) gave up two runs on six hits and a walk, striking out eight. Two relievers finished, with Jesus Colome getting five outs for his 19th save.
Mikie Mahtook led off the Detroit ninth with an infield single and took second on Jose Iglesias’s sacrifice, but Colome retired the next two batters.
Michael Fulmer (6-5) allowed three runs on six hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings. He made his first start since receiving a cortisone shot to reduce inflammation in his pitching shoulder.
Miguel Cabrera homered for Detroit.
The Rays took a 1-0 lead in the fifth. Colby Rasmus doubled with one out and after Fulmer walked Tim Beckham, Robertson lined an RBI single to center. Robertson took second on the throw to third, but Fulmer struck out Derek Norris and Smith grounded out.
Ian Kinsler hit a tying double in the bottom half, and Cabrera hit his seventh homer in the sixth for a 2-1 lead.
Tampa Ray rallied for two runs in the seventh. Robertson hit an RBI single off Kinsler’s glove at second with two outs and Norris also singled. After Alex Wilson relieved, Smith grounded a go-ahead single.
Rays: C Wilson Ramos (torn ACL) caught seven innings for Triple-A Durham on Friday and was scheduled to catch again on Saturday — his first back-to-back outings behind the plate. He will have Sunday off before being evaluated on Monday.
Tigers: DH Victor Martinez (irregular heartbeat) was released from a hospital in the morning after two nights of observation. Martinez, who was placed on the disabled list on Friday, will undergo monitoring next week while the Tigers are on the West Coast.
Rays: RHP Jake Faria (2-0, 1.42) will try to become the second pitcher in Rays history to win his first three career games as a starter. Jeremy Hellickson was the other, doing it in 2010.
Tigers: RHP Buck Farmer (2-0, 3.52) will start the series finale. After winning his first two starts this season without allowing a run, he gave up six runs in 2 1/3 innings in a no-decision against Arizona on Tuesday.