Rays use bats, bullpen to beat Tigers 6-3
Evan Longoria homered, Ben Zobrist doubled twice and the Tampa Bay Rays finally broke through offensively against Detroit, beating the Tigers 6-3 on Friday night.
The Rays had gone 19 straight games against the Tigers without scoring more than four runs, a streak that went back more than three years. Tampa Bay had seven extra-base hits Friday, including a two-run triple by Sean Rodriguez in the sixth.
Alex Cobb (4-6) allowed three runs and five hits in five-plus innings for the Rays, and their bullpen allowed only one baserunner. Brad Boxberger pitched two perfect innings of relief, Joel Peralta worked the eighth, and Jake McGee finished for his fourth save.
Detroit's Drew Smyly (4-8) allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.
There were three hit batsmen, and umpires warned both benches in the sixth. After the warnings, Rays manager Joe Maddon argued and was ejected.