Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, Detroit 3
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Desmond Jennings went 3-for-5 with three
runs scored to help the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers in
the second game of four at Comerica Park.
Ben Zobrist knocked in two runs and Evan Longoria homered in the triumph,
Tampa Bay's sixth win in its last seven.
Alex Cobb (4-6) earned the win after going five-plus innings and allowing
three runs on five hits.
"Tonight was the best I've felt since I can remember honestly," said Cobb.
"For the most part the whole game I felt really strong with all three
Detroit starter Drew Smyly (4-8) surrendered five runs on seven hits over 5
1/3 frames in the loss.
Victor Martinez and Torii Hunter each knocked in a run for the Tigers, who had
their four-game winning streak halted, as well as their five-game winning
streak at home.
Tampa Bay opened the scoring with back-to-back two-out doubles in the third.
Jennings ripped a double into the left-field corner before Zobrist served one
into the right-field corner.
Longoria then led off the fourth inning with a solo shot to left that
stretched the margin to 2-0.
Detroit got on the board in the fourth on an RBI groundout from Hunter.
The top of the Rays order produced another two-out run in the fifth when
Jennings singled and Zobrist chased him home with a double to left.
The Rays continued to tack on runs in the sixth. Longoria and Forsythe walked
to start the inning, and Sean Rodriguez hit a triple two batters later that
pushed the lead to 5-1.
"I was just trying to make good pitches and get outs," said Smyly. "I just
couldn't really get the third out and that will hurt you."
Chad Smith relieved Smyly and stranded Rodriguez on third with a strikeout of
Jose Molina and a flyout by Kevin Kiermaier.
Ian Kinsler led off the sixth by getting plunked by a curveball from Cobb, who
then walked Miguel Cabrera and allowed an RBI single from Martinez. J.D.
Martinez drew a walk that loaded the bases and ended Cobb's night in the
Brad Boxberger was called upon to get out of the jam, and he immediately
induced a 6-4-3 double play by Hunter, then struck out Don Kelly to end the
Jennings doubled to lead off the seventh and Brandon Guyer drove him in two
batters later with a groundout to second.
Jake McGee worked around a double from Hunter in the ninth to pick up his
fourth save of the season.
Rays manager Joe Maddon was ejected by umpire Greg Gibson when home plate
umpire Quinn Wolcott warned both benches after Kinsler was hit in the sixth
... Victor Martinez left late in the game with an injured back ... Tampa Bay
went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position, while Detroit went 1-for-8 in
07/05 01:06:15 ET
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