Justin Verlander allowed two runs on five hits over five innings on Friday night. (Carlos Osorio/AP)
By Jason Beck / MLB.com
In his return to the lineup from a four-game suspension, slugger Gary Sheffield hit homers No. 498 and 499 of his career to lead the Tigers to their second successive win over the Rays. Justin Verlander struck out eight for his 11th victory.
a-Walked for Hinske in the 6th. b-Struck out for Floyd, C in the 7th. c-Flied out for Gross in the 8th. d-Struck out
for Perez, F in the 8th. 1-Ran for Navarro, D in the 9th. 2-Ran for Aybar, W in the 9th.
BATTING 2B: Navarro, D (27, Verlander), Upton, B (37, Verlander). HR: Upton,
B (9, 7th inning off Seay, 0 on, 1 out). TB: Bartlett; Longoria 2; Upton, B 7; Pena, C 2; Navarro,
D 3; Iwamura 2. RBI: Upton, B 2 (67), Pena, C (102), Aybar, W (33). 2-out RBI:
Pena, C. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Longoria; Hinske; Floyd, C; Navarro, D; Pena, C
2; Bartlett 2. Team RISP: 3-for-14. Team LOB: 14.
Upton, B (44, 2nd base off Verlander/Sardinha).
FIELDING Outfield assists: Upton,
B (Ordonez at 2nd base). DP: (Upton, B-Iwamura).