Justin Upton snapped an eighth-inning tie with a two-run double, and Ian Kinsler added his 200th career homer, helping the Detroit Tigers extend their winning streak to six games with Sunday’s 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Upton’s line drive into the gap got past diving center fielder Brandon Guyer and rolled to the wall to finish a three-run rally Kinsler began with a double off Matt Andriese (6-2). Victor Martinez kept it alive by hustling up the first base line to avoid grounding into what would have been an inning-ending double play that would have allowed the Rays to cling to a 1-0 lead.
Kinsler scored from second base on the force play, beating first baseman Logan Morrison’s throw to the plate. Nick Castellanos singled before Upton put Detroit ahead.
Kinsler added a two-run homer in the ninth, joining Carlos Beltran, Alex Rodriguez and Jimmy Rollins as the only active players with at least 200 home runs, 1,000 runs scored, 1,600 hits and 200 stolen bases.
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Bruce Rondon (2-0) retired the only two batters he faced, bailing starter Mike Pelfrey out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to get the victory.
Rays starter Chris Archer overcame a shaky first inning to pitch into the sixth with a 1-0 lead. The AL strikeout leader allowed the first three batters to reach base before fanning Martinez, Castellanos and Upton to put down the threat.
Archer finished with 10 strikeouts, boosting his season total to 127 while limiting the Tigers to a pair of singles over 5 2/3 scoreless innings.
Tampa Bay was swept in a four-game series for the second time this year and has lost 16 of 18 to fall a season-high 15 games under .500.
The Rays’ Desmond Jennings (left hamstring tightness) was out of the lineup for the third straight game. Closer Alex Colome (right biceps tendinitis) had a bullpen session. Steve Pearce (strained right hamstring) hit in an indoor cage. Pitchers Chase Whitley (Tommy John surgery) and Brad Boxberger (left oblique) will throw to hitters on Wednesday.
Who: L.A. Angels (33-49) at Tampa Bay (33-48)
When: Monday, 1:10 p.m.
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
Probable pitchers: Matt Moore (4-5, 4.67) vs. Nick Tropeano (3-2, 3.25)
Radio: 620 AM
Tickets: 1-888-FAN-RAYS or the stadium ticket office
Promotion: Military Monday. Two free tickets for all active-duty military, retired and honorably discharged veterans