Joel Zumaya reacts after getting out of an eighth-inning jam. (Paul Sancya/AP)
By Jason Beck / MLB.com
Wilkin Ramirez homered in his third at-bat during his big league debut to give Justin Verlander the lead for good on Wednesday. Verlander struck out eight batters for his fourth win of the year to give the Tigers their fifth consecutive victory.
a-Struck out for Teagarden in the 9th. b-Flied out for Andrus in the 9th.
BATTING 3B: Andrus (4, Lyon). HR: Cruz, N (8, 7th inning off Lyon, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Andrus 3; Blalock; Cruz, N 5; Teagarden; Young, M; Byrd; Murphy, Dv. RBI: Teagarden (4), Cruz, N (23), Byrd (18). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Murphy, Dv 2; Kinsler; Davis, C. Team RISP: 2-for-9. Team
a-Grounded out for Ramirez, W in the 7th. b-Lined out for Raburn in the 8th.
BATTING 2B: Inge (5, Harrison, M). HR: Raburn (3, 2nd inning off Harrison, M, 0 on, 0 out), Ramirez, W (1, 6th inning off Harrison, M, 0 on, 0 out), Inge
(11, 6th inning off Harrison, M, 1 on, 0 out). TB: Inge 6; Cabrera, M 2; Polanco; Ramirez, W 4; Anderson, J; Raburn 5; Everett. RBI: Raburn (10), Ramirez, W (1), Inge 2 (29). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Inge; Polanco; Granderson. Team RISP: 0-for-6. Team
BASERUNNING SB: Anderson, J 2 (8, 2nd base off Harrison, M/Teagarden, 2nd base off Jennings/Teagarden).