Rays get final say, beat Tigers 3-1
The Rays got the final say in their suddenly heated matchup with the Tigers, taking a 3-1 win on Sunday.
The Rays had several stars, with Jeremy Hellickson working six innings for his team-record tying fifth win of the month; catcher Jose Lobaton, who knocked in two of their runs with a three-hit day; and closer Fernando Rodney, working the ninth for the save despite throwing 32 pitches over 2 innings on Saturday night.
But arguably none bigger than Jake McGee, who took over with the bases loaded and no outs in the 7th and set the Tigers down in order.
After Detroit manager Jim Leyland said pre-game that Saturday's confrontation resulting from a high and tight pitch by Rays closer Fernando Rodney to Miguel Cabrera was "history," Tigers starter Rick Porcello showed otherwise, plunking Rays No. 3 hitter Ben Zobrist on the shoulder.
Zobrist wasn't pleased, gave a long look at Porcello and chatted briefly with the umpire but took no action. Home plate umpire Vic Carapazza then warned both benches.
The Rays meanwhile took a 3-0 lead. James Loney hustled for a double to start the second, went to third on a groundout and scored on the first of Jose Lobaton's three hits. They added two more in the fourth, getting four consecutive singles by Wil Myers, Luke Scott, Kelly Johnson and Lobaton for one run, then the other when Yunel Escobar walked. They had a chance for more but Matt Joyce lined into an inning-ending double play.
Cabrera had his say in the fourth, driving a Jeremy Hellickson pitch over the centerfield wall and into the touch tank, just the second ball to make a splash landing. (The first was by Tampa native Luis Gonzalez, then with the Dodgers, in 2007 a year after the tank opened.
The Rays may have played a little mind-game with Cabrera in the eighth, bringing in noted tough guy Kyle Farnsworth to pitch to him while Joel Peralta kept warming up. But Farnsworth played it straight and retired Cabrera on a line out to third. Peralta then took over.