ST. PETERSBURG, Florida
Brett Phillips hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and the AL East leaders Tampa Bay Rays came back from a three-point deficit in the ninth to beat the Detroit Tigers 7-4 on Friday night.
The Rays maintained their 8-1 / 2-game lead in LA East over Boston. The New York Yankees are back to nine.
âThis game, the way it was going was going to be very frustrating,â said Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash. “For some reason guys got a knack for getting hot late in baseball games and they still are today.”
Tampa Bay leads the majors with 298 points in the seventh inning or later.
Taylor Walls got a 10th goal lead from Bryan Garcia (2-2) before Phillips sent a 3-1 pitch into the right-field seats.
Phillips walked up to first base with his bat before tossing it into the air. He circled around the bases and hopped onto the backstop after crossing the plate to celebrate with the fans.
âI think the best part was the ninth when our boys tied it up and let me do it and celebrate that in the 10,â Phillips said. âIt’s just one of those times, you just don’t know what you’re doing. You are just celebrating. You are excited, you are happy.
Gregory Soto, Detroit’s fifth reliever, got his pitching hand on the head-up line from Manuel Margot leading the ninth who went for a field single. He stayed in the game with the Tigers ahead 4-1 and put Francisco MejÃa on the run before Brandon Lowe hit to charge the goals.
“We’re going to check him out and make sure he’s okay,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said of Soto, who will be undergoing x-rays and other tests. “It’s a shame we weren’t able to finish it tonight.”
Michael Fulmer replaced Soto and gave up a two-run single to pinch hitter Yandy DÃaz. Lowe moved up to third on a wild throw and Randy Arozarena tied at 4 on a sacrifice fly.
âThat’s what it’s going to take in the home stretch, that’s what it’s going to take in the playoffs – altruistic batting appearances,â said Phillips. âGet on base and let the next guy be a hero. “
Andrew Kittredge (9-3) worked a 10th without a hit.
Akil Baddoo hit his first early-career home run for the Tigers, on Luis PatiÃ±o’s third pitch.
Lowe won a Baddoo hit with a second base dive to his ground player in the 10th inning.
Tampa Bay tied in the first when Austin Meadows notched his 100th RBI on a sacrifice fly. He is the first Rays player to cross the threshold since Evan Longoria (104) in 2010.
Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier was relieved for a hit in the sixth. Cash said Kiermaier was not feeling well.
Niko Goodrum scored an RBI brace in a two-point second. Harold Castro’s sacrificial fly in the third inning gave the Tigers a 4-1 lead.
Detroit rookie Casey Mize, on a limit of innings, allowed one run and three hits in three innings.
Tigers reliever Derek Holland started with two strikeouts in the fifth, but was OK after being hit by Ji-Man Choi’s coating just above his back.
PatiÃ±o remained in the game after Castro’s sixth inning coating came out of his glove and hit the side of his face. The right-hander allowed four runs and six hits in six innings.
MILESTONES OF MIGUEL
Tigres slugger Miguel Cabrera went 2 for 4 and moved within 22 hits of 3,000. He had a single in the infield in the first and a hit in the third, and was 14 for 38 ( 0.368) in its last 11 matches.
THE WORLD OF TRAVEL
Outstanding INF Rays rookie Wander Franco (right hamstring) looked good running the infield arc from first to third, batting in the field and fielding players in the field. ground at shortstop.
Cash said Franco, eligible to drop off the injured list on Tuesday, is expected to be back around this time.
Tigers: Hinch said it won’t be known if JosÃ© Luis Cisnero (right elbow laceration) will return this season until the stitches are removed in about a week.
Spokes: DH Nelson Cruz, hit in the right forearm by a throw Thursday, was out of the roster but could start on Saturday.
Detroit LHP Tarik Skubal (8-12) and LHP Rays Ryan Yarbrough (8-5) are scheduled starters on Saturday.