The Tampa Bay Rays got their hitting sticks out Friday in defense of Alex Cobb.
Evan Longoria homered, and Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez drove in a pair each as the Rays defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-3 Friday night.
Tampa Bay got on the board with a two-out rally in the third thanks to back-to-back doubles by Desmond Jennings and Zobrist off Drew Smyly to make it 1-0.
Evan Longoria extended the lead to 2-0 an inning later with a solo homer off Smyly (4-8).
Detroit would get on the board in the home half of the fourth inning, as Cobb hit Victor Martinez with a pitch. J.D. Martinez moved him to third with a double, and Torii Hunter brought in the Detroit DH with a groundout.
Zobrist's second RBI double in the fifth would plate Jennings, who singled in front of him to make it 3-1, and Rodriguez's two-run triple in the sixth would end Smyly's night.
Cobb (4-6), who practically cruised through the first five inning, started to unravel in the sixth after hitting Ian Kinsler with a pitch. An errant pickoff throw by Cobb allowed Kinsler to take second base, and after a walk to Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez brought in Kinsler with a base hit to make it 5-2.
J.D. Martinez walked to load the bases, and Dave Martinez, who took over for Joe Maddon following his ejection, went to Brad Boxberger. The reliever got Hunter to ground in to a double play that scored Cabrera, and struck out Don Kelly to get out of the jam.
Tampa Bay capped the scoring in the seventh, as Jennings doubled to lead off the inning, moved to third on a Zobrist groundout, and scored on a groundout by Brandon Guyer.
Boxberger worked a perfect seventh, and Joel Peralta pitched a perfect eighth in relief, while Jake McGee allowed a double to Hunter, but put a zero up in the ninth for his fourth save.
Tampa Bay has now won eight of their last ten games and 15 of 23.
The Rays can make it two wins in a row in Detroit when Chris Archer (4-5, 3.24 ERA) takes on Anibal Sanchez (5-2, 2.63 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 4:08, with coverage on WDAE starting at 3:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.
NOTES: Peralta's appearance Friday was his 267th with Tampa Bay, passing Esteban Yan for the most by a Rays pitcher all-time.