Final in 11
7:10 PM ET, August 19, 2014
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers found a way to win a wild, long game against Tampa Bay.
Victor Martinez drew a tiebreaking bases-loaded walk during a three-run 11th inning, and the Tigers beat the Rays 8-6 on Tuesday night.
Ian Kinsler opened the 11th with a triple off Grant Balfour (1-5), a flare to right that got past a diving Kevin Kiermaier. Torii Hunter walked and Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked before Martinez got his free pass.
"We did what we had to do," Hunter said. "Had good at-bats, and we came through with some runs."
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The Tigers, second in the American League wild-card chase, won for the fifth time in 13 games.
The game took 4 hours, 42 minutes.
James Loney homered for the Rays, who had a club-record stretch of 13 consecutive games holding opponents to four runs or fewer end.
Scherzer allowed four runs and four hits over seven innings. The right-hander held Tampa Bay scoreless on one hit over his final five innings.
"Both Max and the offense picked it up as the game went on," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.
The Tigers pulled within 4-3 in the fifth, thanks in part to a video review. After Kinsler walked with the bases loaded and Hunter hit a run-scoring grounder, Cabrera was given an RBI single following a challenge by Ausmus. The call that center fielder Desmond Jennings had made a sliding catch on Cabrera's two-out liner was overturned.
Loney's homer put the Rays up 3-0 in the first.
Belnome doubled for his first big league hit and scored to make it 4-0 on Zobrist's second-inning single. Belnome had what would have been his first homer in the fourth changed to a foul after a video review.
"We got burned on replay twice but they were the right calls," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Had replay not been part of the game, we would have won that game tonight."
Scherzer had allowed three runs or fewer in each of his previous 10 starts.
Tigers: Right-hander Justin Verlander (sore right shoulder) could throw off a mound in a couple of days and might start Saturday. Outfielder Andy Dirks (back surgery) injured a hamstring at Triple-A Toledo and could miss the rest of the season.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 19: James Loney #21 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates his three-run home run with...(Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||J Loney homered to right (362 feet), B Zobrist and E Longoria scored.||0||3|
|2nd||B Zobrist singled to center, V Belnome scored, K Kiermaier to third.||0||4|
|5th||I Kinsler walked, N Castellanos scored, A Romine to third, R Davis to second.||1||4|
|5th||T Hunter grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, A Romine scored, R Davis out at third, I Kinsler to second.||2||4|
|5th||M Cabrera singled to center, I Kinsler scored, T Hunter to third.||3||4|
|6th||R Davis singled to center, A Avila scored, A Romine to third.||4||4|
|8th||J Martinez homered to center (419 feet).||5||4|
|8th||V Belnome hit sacrifice fly to center, E Longoria scored, S Rodriguez to third, Y Escobar to second.||5||5|
|11th||V Martinez walked, I Kinsler scored, T Hunter to third, M Cabrera to second.||6||5|
|11th||T Hunter scored, M Cabrera to third, V Martinez to second on wild pitch by J Beliveau.||7||5|
|11th||B Holaday hit sacrifice fly to center, M Cabrera scored.||8||5|
|11th||E Longoria singled to left, B Zobrist scored, L Forsythe to second.||8||6|
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|Stadium||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL|
|Attendance||14,331 (42.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Greg Gibson, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Will Little, Third Base - Gerry Davis|
Max Scherzer allowed four earned runs in the first two innings Tuesday against the Rays, his most in a start since allowing a season-high 10 earned runs on June 17. Scherzer only allowed four earned runs in his previous four starts combined entering Tuesday.
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