Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Jake Faria strong again as Rays cap road trip by routing Tigers (w/video)

DETROIT — Several Rays were talking Sunday morning about being eager to get home and enjoy what was left of Father's Day with their families.

And they made it a happy takeoff with a 9-1 win that gave them a split of the four-game series with the Tigers.

Rookie Jake Faria delivered a third straight impressive start while Steven Souza Jr. and Logan Morrison provided most of the support, Souza with his first career grand slam and Morrison with two homers, giving him 21 for the season.

The win improved the Rays to 37-35 as they head home for a series with the struggling Reds.

As he did in his June 7 debut against the White Sox and on Tuesday against the Blue Jays, Faria worked impressively and efficiently. Combining an elevated fastball, biting changeup and tight slider with more of a vertical than sweeping break, he held the Tigers to six hits over seven innings while striking out nine.

He joined Jeremy Hellickson as the only Rays pitchers to win their first three career games as starters.

And he did so with his father and stepdad, plus his older brother Matt, cheering him on from the Comerica Park stands.

Morrison put the Rays ahead with a two-run shot in the first then went deep again in the seventh after Evan Longoria did to complete their majors-most ninth back-to-back homers. Morrison's 21 homers trail only Yankees sensation Aaron Judge in the American League.

Souza had the big blast in the third. After Derek Norris led off with a homer, the Rays loaded the bases on a single by Corey Dickerson, who had three hits to push his AL-leading total to 91, a hit batter and a walk. Then Souza delivered his first big-league grand slam and second as a pro.

Marc Topkin can be reached at [email protected]. Follow @TBTimes_Rays.

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