scheduled tribe. Petersburg, Fla.: Jammer Candelario and Dustin Garneau registered a 4-3 win over the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays to lead the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.
Tampa Bay holds a 7-game lead over second-place Boston. Toronto is 8 games behind and the New York Yankees are 10.
A run ahead with the Tigers, Mike Zunino opened the Rays’ ninth position on foot from Michael Fulmer and moved to second when Joy Wendell hit the pitch. Fulmer beat Brett Phillips and Yandy Dazs to save his 10th in 15 chances and field a game-ending double play.
Jordan Luplo built home for Ray, who was 4–0 behind in the second. Tampa Bay defeated the Tigers 7-4 in 10 innings on Friday night with a nine-innings deficit of three runs.
Rays center fielder Kevin Kirmeyer was placed on COVID-19 related IL with symptoms of general illness before the game, and shortstop Taylor Walls was scratched from the lineup due to general illness.
Tigers center fielder Derek Hill left in fifth after being injured after laying a bunt below the first base line, made contact with first baseman Ji-Man Choi near the bag, and then stepped awkwardly behind base. Hill was first put in a car and then taken off the field in a wheelchair.
Candelario made his 16th homer off Ryan Yarbrough (8-6) to put the Tigers 3-0 ahead in the first match. He has gone deep four times in his last four games against Tampa Bay.
Garneau took a second-place lead with a homer to take a 4–0 lead.
Luplo reduced the deficit to 4-2wi th by a two-drive from Tariq Scoble in the second.
Tigers reliever Jose Urea (4-8) allowed one run on a choice double-play grounder in the fourth and two hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Yarbrough conceded four runs and five hits in six innings. He retired his last 13 batsmen.
Detroit was kept hitless in the final seven innings.
Scoble, who is limiting his workload at the end of the season, conceded two runs, conceded two hits and was dismissed in three innings of two overs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, lefties hitting four or more strikes in 22 consecutive games ended the longest streak by a rookie since 1893.
Tigers star Miguel Cabrera, who has 2,978 hits, snatched two potential base-hits on nifty defensive plays and was 0 for 4.
Shortstop Joy Wendall fielded Cabreras in the first inning and received a forceout in the third, and Manuel Margot made a diving catch in the third inning on the right.
Tigers: Manager AJ Hinch said Gregory Soto, hit on the pitching hand by Margot’s ninth-inning liner on Friday, has not broken a bone, but is significantly injured. Soto takes the catch.
Rays: DH Nelson Cruz, engaged on a pitch-right forearm on Thursday, dropped out of the lineup for the second straight game.
Rays LHP Shane McClanahan (9-5) will return after missing the start due to a lower back stiffness and take on Detroit RHP Willie Peralta (3-3) on Sunday.
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