Detroit 7, Tampa Bay 2

Boxscore | Recap
Thursday, April 12, 2012 1:05 PM
Location - Comerica Park
Temperature - 54°
Umpires - Home Plate - Mark Carlson, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Cory Blaser,
Attendance - 30288

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Tampa Bay 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 7 0
Detroit 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 2 7 10 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 4-2 3-0 1-2 L1
Detroit 5-1 5-1 0-0 W1

Recap


Tigers 7, Rays 2:
Brennan Boesch drove in four runs and Andy Dirks had a big game as host Detroit took the rubber game from Tampa Bay.

Drew Smyly pitched four solid innings in his first career start and five relievers combined to allow three hits in five innings for the Tigers. Collin Balester (1-0) got credit for the win with two strong innings.

Boesch was the lone regular in the Detroit lineup hitting under .300 entering Thursday but began to make up for it in the fifth. Dirks got it started with an RBI triple and Boesch followed two batters later with a two-run single off Jeff Niemann (0-1) that snapped a 1-1 deadlock.

After Evan Longoria drove in a run to bring the Rays back within a run in the top of the seventh, Boesch responded in the bottom of the frame, sending a single into center off Jake McGee that plated two more.

Niemann was making his first start of the season after being pushed back from a scheduled Wednesday appearance. The tall right-hander struck out six but was charged with three runs and four hits in five innings.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Tampa Bay   Detroit
Jeff Niemann Player Drew Smyly
Loss W/L No Decision
5.0 IP 4.0
6 Strikeouts 4
4 Hits 4
5.40 ERA 2.25
Hitting
Tampa Bay   Detroit
Carlos Pena Player Alex Avila
2 Hits 2
1 RBI 1
1 HR 0
5 TB 4
.667 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Tampa Bay 7 1 12 .212 26 9 2 5 0 0
Detroit 10 0 14 .303 12 8 6 2 2 0

Upcoming Games

  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against Chi. White Sox. 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 Boston. The Rays have a W/L % of .600 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
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