Tampa Bay 4, Detroit 2

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 1:05 PM
Location - Comerica Park
Temperature - 46°
Umpires - Home Plate - Cory Blaser, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Ed Rapuano,
Attendance - 28180

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Tampa Bay 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 5 0
Detroit 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 6 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 4-1 3-0 1-1 W1
Detroit 4-1 4-1 0-0 L1

Recap


Rays 4, Tigers 2: Ben Zobrist doubled in the go-ahead runs in the ninth as visiting Tampa Bay finally got to Justin Verlander and handed Detroit its first loss.

The Rays managed only one hit off Verlander in the first eight innings as the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP was cruising toward the shutout. But Tampa Bay rallied by sandwiching a pair of singles around a strikeout to put runners on the corners in the ninth.

Verlander (0-1) had Carlos Pena down 1-2 but ended up walking him and unleashing a run-scoring wild pitch with ball four. Evan Longoria followed with the game-tying single to left, ending Verlander’s day.

Daniel Schlereth walked Matt Joyce before closer Jose Valverde came on and surrendered Zobrist’s single to center.

James Shields (1-0) bounced back from a disastrous performance on opening day and allowed two runs and six hits while walking one and striking out five in eight innings. Fernando Rodney tossed a perfect ninth to earn his third save.

Detroit on the board in the bottom of the first. Austin Jackson led off with a single, moved up on a groundout and came in on Miguel Cabrera’s single. Andy Dirks scored from third on a balk to make it 2-0 in the fifth.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Tigers C/DH Victor Martinez will not need additional surgery on his injured knee and could possibly make it back by the end of the season. … Verlander allowed three hits in his first 16 innings and three in the ninth alone on Wednesday. … Longoria has hit safely in every game.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Tampa Bay   Detroit
James Shields Player Justin Verlander
Win W/L Loss
8.0 IP 8.1
5 Strikeouts 7
6 Hits 4
2.25 ERA 4.32
Hitting
Tampa Bay   Detroit
Ben Zobrist Player Miguel Cabrera
2 Hits 2
2 RBI 1
0 HR 0
2 TB 2
.500 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Tampa Bay 5 0 5 .161 9 7 3 4 0 0
Detroit 6 0 7 .194 12 5 1 1 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Detroit will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Tigers have a W/L % of .750 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against Detroit. The Rays have a W/L % of .750 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
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