Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Detroit 1
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Jose Lobaton went 3-for-3 with two RBI
to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-1 win over the Detroit Tigers in the rubber
match of a three-game set at Tropicana Field.
Yunel Escobar also had an RBI and Luke Scott went 2-for-4 with a run scored
for the Rays, winners in five of their last seven games.
Jeremy Hellickson (7-3) gave up just one run -- a solo homer -- on six hits
while striking out six over six-plus frames to pick up his third straight win.
Over his last six starts, Hellickson is 5-1 with a 3.57 earned run average.
"I'm feeling pretty good right now," Hellickson said. "I'm happy with where
Fernando Rodney stranded a runner in the ninth to pick up his 17th save of the
Miguel Cabrera provided the lone run for the Tigers with a home run.
"We just haven't been producing any runs. It's been a problem for us and it
was again today," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
Rick Porcello (4-6) allowed all three runs on eight hits over six frames to
absorb his third straight loss.
The Rays got on the board in the second inning. James Loney opened the frame
with a double to left field and Kelly Johnson walked three batters later to
put runners on the corners for Lobaton, who smacked an RBI base hit to left.
Cabrera tied the game in the fourth inning with a leadoff homer. Cabrera
clobbered the first pitch he saw, a hanging curveball, into the fish tank in
right-center field for his 25th long ball of the season.
Tampa Bay countered with a pair of runs in the home half to go up 3-1. Wil
Myers, Scott and Johnson each singled to load the bases with one out. Lobaton
followed with a base hit to center to plate Myers, and Escobar followed with
a walk to force Scott home.
Following the walk, Matt Joyce ripped a line drive to the right side, but it
was snared by Prince Fielder who was just able to beat Escobar back to the
base to turn an inning-ending double play.
Omar Infante ripped a one-out double in the ninth, but Rodney struck out
Jhonny Peralta and got pinch-hitter Brayan Pena to pop out to nail down the
Loney extended his hitting streak to 11 games ... The Rays have won 501 games
since the start of the 2008 season. Only the Yankees and Phillies have more
wins over that span ... Each of Tampa Bay's next 14 games are against teams
with records below .500 (Astros, White Sox, Twins) ... Porcello fell to 2-2
all-time against the Rays.
06/30 21:32:16 ET
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