ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Brett Phillips hit a three-run home run in the 10th for the Tampa Bay Rays, who rallied from a three-touchdown deficit in the ninth and defeated Los Angeles 7-4 on Friday night. Detroit Tigers.
The Rays retained an eight-and-a-half game lead over Boston at the top of the AL East. The New York Yankees are nine games away.RELATED
Taylor Walls traded a walk from Bryan Garcia (2-2) in the beginning of the 10th inning, before Phillips found a 3-1 pitch and sent the ball into the right-field seats.
Gregory Soto, Detroit’s fifth reliever, touched a line by compatriot Manuel Margot with his bare hand in the ninth inning, leading to an infield single.
Soto stayed in the game, leading the Tigers 4-1, and walked fellow Dominican Francisco Mejia before Brandon Lowe hit a single to load the bases.
Michael Fulmer replaced Soto and allowed a two-run single to pinch-hitter Yandy Diaz. Lowe advanced to third base with a wild pitch and Randy Arozarena tied the game 4-4 with a sacrifice fly.
Andrew Kittredge (9-3) resolved the tenth inning without accepting unstoppable.
For the Tigers, Venezuelans Miguel Cabrera 4-2, Harold Castro 3-1 with a run scored and an RBI, Víctor Reyes 4-0 with an RBI. The Dominican Jeimer Candelario 4-1.
For the Rays, the Cubans Diaz 1-1 with two RBIs, Arozarena 3-1 with one RBI. The Dominicans Margot 2-1 with one scored, Mejía 3-0 with one scored.