Tigers win streak at 6 after sweep of Rays
Inge hit a grand slam in the ninth inning and the Detroit
“It’s one of those days where I couldn’t really figure out why I was missing,” Inge said. “I felt like I was taking good swings all day. As long as you can remember that that very last at-bat is going to be one that can make a huge difference in the game, put all of your previous at-bats aside because it’s the last one that’s very important.”
Detroit earned its sixth consecutive win and opened a seven-game lead over Minnesota in the
“He did a great job,” Springer said of Davis. “It makes it worse to ruin his first start. It was bad in a couple different ways. It wasn’t that bad of a pitch. It was on the outside corner. I know he’s a hook guy, but on paper he’s supposed to hit the ball to second. He got it.”
“He gave up that three-spot, but I thought he was tremendous,”
Davis allowed one run and three hits with nine strikeouts and one walk. Taken in the third round of the 2004 draft, the native of nearby Lake Wales, Fla., pitched a day before his 24th birthday.
“Everybody wants to win,” said Davis, who watched the ninth in the clubhouse. “I gave them a chance.”
Davis struck out his first four batters before
Maddon said the ninth-inning matchups were established before the inning.
“Obviously the two walks can’t happen,” he said. “The walks really turned that game around.”
Tampa Bay’s bullpen is 2-8 with eight blown saves in the last 28 games.
Longoria homered in the second and Tampa Bay added two more in the third.
Jackson, traded from Tampa Bay to Detroit during the offseason, received his 2008