DETROIT -- This one came down to a battle of the bullpens and the Detroit Tigers came out on top thanks to Rajai Davis' big day at the plate. The Tigers got three home runs on their 11 hits and played solid defense to boot. Despite a shaky day from Randy Wolf and a nearly blown save by Bruce Rondon, went on to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4.
This was NOT going to be a no-hitter. The weather was so hot and humid with a strong breeze that just about everything was flying all over Comerica Park. Four baseballs left the park before both halves of the fifth inning had ended and several made it to the warning track for both teams. The Tigers had the first hard hit of the day and both Anthony Gose and Nick Castellanos started an inning with doubles that were followed by the home runs.
Neither starter was sharp, though Wolf was the first to be knocked out of the game. Drew Smyly, in his first start at Comerica since being traded to the Rays in 2014, gave up two two-run shots in the third and fourth innings, respectively. Wolf countered by allowing a two-run blast and a solo home run, while allowing a double and two singles for the fourth run to end his day. Neither lasted beyond the fifth.
Not content with just one homer, though, Davis sent his second homer of the day into the seats in the seventh. Meanwhile, Kinsler had yet another multi-hit game going on, as did James McCann. Unfortunately, Miguel Cabrera is still stuck in a funk and only earned an intentional walk in the seventh that went nowhere. J.D. Martinez didn't offer any help either as he struck out twice and grounded into a double play.
Rajai Davis: Blasted a home run into the Tigers bullpen in the third inning for a two-run shot. And since that wasn't enough, he destroyed another one in the seventh for the go-ahead homer.
James McCann: Smoked a first-pitch 82 mph cutter past the Tigers' bullpen and into the left field seats for a two-run homer, putting Detroit back into the lead at the time. He'd also singled in the second.
Randy Wolf: Couldn't keep it together. He gave up two home runs and an RBI single before being pulled in the fifth with one out in a 4-4 game.
No. 3 and 4 hitters: Both Cabrera and J.D. Martinez were very quiet at the plate on Monday. Combined, they finished 0-for-7 with two strikeouts and an inning-ending double play that stranded two. Only an intentional walk by Cabrera resulted in a base reached.
STREAKS AND STATS:
- Rajai Davis' home run in the third inning marked his fifth of the season, and his first since Aug. 19 vs. the Cubs when he went 2-for-4. It's the first two-RBI day for Davis since he hit a two-run homer on Aug. 8 vs. the Red Sox.
- Andrew Romine singled in the fourth inning, snapping an 0-for-16 skid. His stolen base marked his eighth of the season.
- Rajai Davis' two home runs in the third and seventh innings was just his second career two-homer day. His first one was on May 18, 2012 vs. the Mets when he was with the Blue Jays.
- Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked for the 16th time this season in the seventh inning, still the most in MLB. He missed six weeks with an injury and he still has the lead. Insane.
- Ian Kinsler had yet another multi-hit game, with a single in the first and a double in the seventh. It's his 53rd multi-hit game of the season.
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