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Tigers Tee Off On Bedard, End Rays Win Streak

 
Posted July 3rd, 2014 @ 9:28pm by Steve Carney

Just five days after his longest outing as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, Erik Bedard had his shortest outing with the team.

The left-hander allowed three home runs in the first inning and lasted just two frames, as the Tigers scored the final eight runs of the game, with Detroit finishing off an 8-1 victory over Tampa Bay, snapping their five-game winning streak.

The Rays managed to get to Tigers starter Max Scherzer in the first inning, as Desmond Jennings doubled to lead off the game, moving to third on a flyout by Ben Zobrist.  After Matt Joyce drew a walk, Evan Longoria lifted a sacrifice fly to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead.

The lead lasted exactly two batters into the bottom of the inning, as Austin Jackson led off with a single off Bedard, and Ian Kinsler blasted a two-run homer to give the Tigers the lead for good.

Miguel Cabrera then drew a walk, and Victor Marinez hit his 21st home run of the year making it 4-0, and after J.D. Martinez flew out for the first out, Torii Hunter made it 5-0 with a solo blast.

Detroit added single runs in the second inning, as J.D. Martinez drove in Cabrera with an RBI single, the fourth on an RBI single by Hunter, and the sixth when Martinez beat out the back end of a possibly double play grounder to score Cabrera.

Meanwhile Tampa Bay would get just one hit after the first inning, a base hit by James Loney in the fourth, as Scherzer (10-3) and Chad Smith would combine to retire the final 16 Rays hitters in a row.

The Rays will look to rebound Friday, when Alex Cobb (3-6, 4.20 ERA) takes on Drew Smyly (4-7, 3.57 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:08, with pregame coverage on 620 WDAE starting at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.

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