Cameron Maybin capped a dramatic eight-run ninth inning with a tiebreaking three-run double, and the Detroit Tigers overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-7 on Thursday night.
Detroit trailed 7-2 entering the ninth and opened the inning with four consecutive hits off Ryan Garton, including Victor Martinez’s RBI single.
Erasmo Ramirez (7-7) replaced Garton and allowed Justin Upton’s run-scoring single, Steven Moya’s sacrifice fly and an RBI single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia that made it 7-6.
Jose Iglesias drew a walk to load the bases, and Ian Kinsler got another free pass on a 3-2 pitch to tie it 7-7.
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Maybin’s drive to left-center cleared the bases to put Detroit up 10-7.
Garton entered after reliever Matt Andriese went three scoreless innings.
Winner Anibal Sanchez (5-8) gave up two runs in two innings. Francisco Rodriguez got the final three outs for his 22nd save.
Nick Franklin had a three-run pinch-hit double during a four-run third inning for the Rays, who had won two of three after an 11-game losing streak.
Franklin pinch hit for Desmond Jennings with the bases loaded and put the Rays up 5-0 on an opposite-field flare to left that landed in front of Upton and took a strange bounce past the outfielder.
Tampa Bay’s Jake Odorizzi gave up two runs, three hits, three walks and struck out seven in five-plus innings.
Jordan Zimmermann allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings for the Tigers. He has given 12 runs over 9 2/3 innings in his last two starts.
Jennings departed the game with left hamstring tightness. Corey Dickerson was back after missing three games with a sore left thumb. Oswaldo Arcia was the DH after missing Wednesday’s game due to flu-like symptoms. Alex Colome (right biceps tendinitis) played catch at 90 feet.
Who: Detroit at Tampa Bay
When: Friday, 7:10 p.m.
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
Probable pitchers: Drew Smyly (2-8, 5.32) vs. Michael Fulmer (7-2, 2.40)
Radio: 620 AM
Tickets: 1-888-FAN-RAYS or at stadium ticket office
Promotion: Student Rush. All students 18 or over with a valid student ID can buy lower-level tickets for $15.