American League Game Summary - Detroit at Tampa Bay|
(Saturday, June 29th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Detroit 3 (10 innings)
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Luke Scott hit a tying home run off
Justin Verlander in the eighth inning and Yunel Escobar gave the Tampa Bay
Rays a 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers with an RBI single in the 10th.
James Loney and Wil Myers each singled with one away in the 10th, and after
Scott struck out, Escobar lined a single to center off Bruce Rondon (0-1) to
knock in the winning run and even this three-game set.
Loney and Ben Zobrist each had three hits and an RBI for the Rays, who were
just 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position prior to Escobar's deciding hit.
Austin Jackson cracked a solo homer and Jhonny Peralta added a two-run single
for Detroit, which has lost four of its last five games.
With Tampa Bay trailing, 3-2, Scott stepped in with one out in the eighth and
lined Verlander's 112th pitch into the right-field seats to even things.
"It's definitely gratifying," Scott said of his homer. "It was real big for
our team, helped us out, tied the game and we were able to win it in extra
Verlander finished the frame but did not factor in the decision. He was
charged with three runs -- two earned -- on nine hits and four walks.
"It's the best I've seen him in a while," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said of
Verlander. "It's a shame that Scott hit the ball out of the ballpark, but he
was absolutely terrific."
His counterpart, rookie Chris Archer, surrendered three runs on five hits and
three walks over his five-inning start. Fernando Rodney (3-2) earned the
victory with two scoreless innings in relief.
Jackson sent Archer's 96-m.p.h. fastball over the wall in right to open the
third, and Peralta made it 3-0 later in the frame when he singled home Miguel
Cabrera and Victor Martinez with two away.
Desmond Jennings legged out a triple in the bottom half and scored on
Zobrist's groundout, and Loney hit a one-out single in the fifth to plate Matt
Joyce, who reached on Prince Fielder's error.
The Tigers have held the Rays to four runs or less in 16 consecutive games ...
Verlander is 0-1 in his last four starts ... Sunday's rubber match pits
Detroit's Rick Porcello opposite Jeremy Hellickson.
06/30 02:03:14 ET