Tigers Snap 5-Game Losing Skid

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- Ryan Raburn hit a tiebreaking single in a four-run seventh, and the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-4 Monday night and stop their longest losing steak of the season.
The defending AL champions had lost five straight and 12 of 15 since they had baseball's best record on July 21.
It appeared Detroit was headed toward its longest losing streak since 2005 before the Tigers rallied against reliever Gary Glover.
Sean Casey hit a one-out homer to spark the inning, Carlos Guillen followed with an RBI triple and Raburn singled for a 5-4 lead.
With the crowd rising to its feet and roaring, Brandon Inge's fly landed between center fielder B.J. Upton and left fielder Carl Crawford -- perhaps because they couldn't hear each other -- to give Detroit a two-run cushion.
Glover (5-4) was chased after getting only one out and allowing four runs and five hits Edwin Jackson gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings for the Devil Rays, who have lost seven straight road games and 18 of their last 20 away from home.
Zach Miner (2-3) earned the win after retiring a batter in the seventh.
Fernando Rodney, in his second straight appearance since returning from the disabled list, pitched a perfect eighth, and Todd Jones finished with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 29th save in 34 chances.
Detroit starter Justin Verlander gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings. He is 0-1 in his last four starts, giving up an average of four runs.
Upton's three-run homer in the fifth gave Tampa Bay a 4-2 lead.
Both teams scored a run in the first with Carlos Pena hitting an RBI double against his former team and Guillen answering with an RBI single, the 1,000th hit of his career.


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