“An odd win,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Nice to see our offense come to life. We didn’t do our best on the mound but saying that we’ve been on a pretty impressive run. So I think the guys are allowed a little bit of a hiccup.”
“I’m not exactly sure what took place, but whatever the food we ate before the game today we’ll not be eating tomorrow,” a smiling Cash added.
Tampa Bay, coming off consecutive road shutout wins over the New York Mets, entered with a 1.82 ERA over the previous 15 games.
“The pitching staff has been carrying us,” Robertson said.
Matt Andriese (2-3), the eighth Tampa Bay reliever, worked a scoreless 10th.
Niko Goodrum had two doubles and three RBIs for the Tigers, who have lost 16 of 20.
The Tigers tied it at 9-all during the eighth when Victor Martinez had an RBI single and pinch-runner JaCoby Jones scored when first baseman Jake Bauers flipped a toss past reliever Sergio Romo for an error on Mikie Mahtook‘s infield single.
“We battled our way back a couple of times and it came down to bullpens,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “It was a wild ballgame and they got us at the end.”
Tampa Bay opening-day starter Chris Archer lasted just 3 1/3 innings, giving up three runs and six hits during first outing since going on the 10-day disabled list June 3rd with a left abdominal strain.
“I think rusty is a fair term,” Cash said.
Tigers starter Francisco Liriano allowed seven runs and eight hits over 2 1/3 innings. The lefty has given up 29 earned runs in 23 1/3 innings over eight appearances at Tropicana Field.
Goodrum had an RBI double before Jose Iglesias drove in two with a double in a four-run seventh that pulled the Tigers even at 7-7.
“He was running, he looked at the second baseman coming out,” Gardenhire said. “Then he looked back up at the lights. I’ve been around domes a long time, and you can’t take your eye off the ball to see where anybody else is.”
Goodrum hit a two-run double during a three-run third that got Detroit within 5-3.
Tigers: Castellano (sore left wrist) started after not playing Sunday. He reached base five times, including three hits. . 3B Jeimer Candelario was out of the starting lineup due to the flu.
Rays: Kiermaier (sore back, one game) and INF Willy Adames (illness, two games) both started.
Rays two-way player Brendan McKay went 0 for 3 and was hit by a pitch as the DH for the Gulf Coast League Rays in his first game since being sidelined four weeks by an oblique strain. He is on the Class A Charlotte disabled list.
Liriano became the sixth Dominican-born pitcher to reach 1,700 strikeouts by fanning Kiermaier in the first. The others reaching the mark are Pedro Martinez, Bartolo Colon, Juan Marichal, Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez.
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