Game 58: Ninth Inning Rally Lifts Rays 3-0 Over Detroit Tigers

By Jenna West

Last night the Rays suffered a 10-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers, but they made up for their lack of offense on Tuesday with an explosive ninth inning tonight. After eight scoreless innings, the Rays’ bats delivered 3 runs in the ninth inning to beat the Tigers in a late rally 3-0 shutout.

In his first start since May 26, Alex Cobb began the game with a strong outing, striking out two batters in the second inning before walking Alex Avila in the third inning. Sam Fuld also got the Rays’ first hit of the game in the third inning off of the Tigers’ Doug Fister.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Cobb gave up a single to Avisail Garcia and decided to intentionally walk Miguel Cabrera, considering the Tigers had two outs and one runner on base. Cobb went on to strike out Prince Fielder to end the inning. Despite Evan Longoria’s single in the seventh inning and Yunel Escobar drawing a walk from Fister in the eighth, both the Rays and the Tigers remained hitless through eight innings.

The eighth inning was rough for Cobb as he gave up a single to Andy Dirks but then Dirks advanced to second base after a throwing error by Cobb. The Rays’ starter went on to intentionally walk Cabrera for the second time before being replaced with reliever Joel Peralta, who finished the inning by striking out Fielder.

However, it did not take the Rays long to heat things up in the ninth inning as Fuld and Ben Zobrist had back-to-back singles. Fuld scored the Rays’ first run of the night off of Matt Joyce’s sacrifice fly. After leading 2-0, Desmond Jennings solidified the Rays’ lead with a triple, allowing Longoria to score the final run of the night.

Fernando Rodney kept the Tigers from scoring in the bottom of the ninth inning as he gave up a leadoff walk to Victor Martinez but struck out two batters to finish the game strong for the Rays.

While Peralta picked up the win for the Rays, Alex Cobb gave up 5 hits, 3 walks, and had 7 strikeouts in 7.2 innings. Peralta had 1 strikeout in 0.1 innings, lowering his ERA to 1.98. Overall, the Rays pitching staff had 10 strikeouts Wednesday night.Tigers starting pitcher Fister gave up 7 hits in 8.1 innings against the Rays, while only striking out 4 batters. Reliever Smyly only had one strikeout, giving the Tigers 5 K’s for the evening.

Rays third baseman Longoria went 2-for-4 and had 1 RBI on Wednesday night. Tomorrow the Rays will face the Tigers once more in the rubber match of the series.