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Doubles do the trick
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Tigers 6, Rays 2
Brandon Inge circles the bases after his homer in the second. (Duane Burleson/AP)
With the bases loaded in the fourth, Gerald Laird doubled, Adam Everett doubled and Curtis Granderson doubled. Five runs scored, giving the Tigers the lead they needed to put away the Rays. Rick Porcello allowed just one run on four hits, and the Tigers now lead the Twins by 4 1/2 games in the AL Central.
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Series at a glance:
TB
Tampa Bay (69-58)
Lost 2
Detroit 6, Tampa Bay 2   DET
Detroit (68-59)
Won 1
August 28, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Tampa Bay
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1   2 6 0
Detroit
0 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 X   6 8 2
Standings thru 8/28/09  |  Recap: TB | DET  |  Gameday  |  Rays stats  |  Tigers stats
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Bartlett, SS 3 0 0 0 2 0 2 .341
Crawford, C, LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .315
Longoria, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 5 .267
Pena, C, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .220
Burrell, DH 4 1 1 0 0 2 2 .241
Aybar, W, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .254
Zaun, C 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 .258
Gross, RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .253
  a-Kapler, PH 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 .245
Upton, B, CF 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .238
Totals 34 2 6 2 3 9 19  

a-Homered for Gross in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Burrell (14, Porcello).
HR: Kapler (6, 9th inning off Seay, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Gross; Kapler 4; Upton, B; Crawford, C; Burrell 2; Zaun.
RBI: Zaun (21), Kapler (27).
2-out RBI: Zaun; Kapler.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Burrell; Pena, C 2; Longoria; Crawford, C.
SAC: Crawford, C.
Team RISP: 1-for-10.
Team LOB: 9.

 
Detroit AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Granderson, CF 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 .258
Polanco, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .271
Ordonez, RF 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .273
  Thomas, C, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .240
Cabrera, M, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .340
Huff, DH 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 .243
Guillen, LF 2 1 0 0 1 2 0 .241
  Raburn, LF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .278
Inge, 3B 4 2 2 1 0 0 1 .241
Laird, C 3 1 2 2 0 0 1 .225
Everett, SS 4 1 1 2 0 0 3 .239
Totals 32 6 8 6 3 6 10  

BATTING
2B: Laird (19, Garza, M), Everett (16, Garza, M), Granderson (16, Garza, M).
HR: Inge (25, 2nd inning off Garza, M, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Inge 5; Laird 3; Raburn; Everett 2; Granderson 3.
RBI: Inge (68), Laird 2 (27), Everett 2 (37), Granderson (58).
2-out RBI: Inge.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ordonez; Polanco.
Team RISP: 4-for-7.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
E: Inge 2 (16, fielding, throw).
PB: Laird (8).

 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Garza, M (L, 7-9) 5.0 5 6 6 3 5 1 3.95
Cormier 0.2 2 0 0 0 0 0 3.08
Bradford 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.70
Choate 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.07
Springer 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.68
 
Detroit IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Porcello (W, 11-8) 5.2 4 1 1 2 5 0 4.27
Ni, F 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.74
Lyon 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.05
Seay 0.2 2 1 1 0 1 1 3.46
Rodney 0.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.34

HBP: Laird (by Garza, M).
Pitches-strikes: Garza, M 88-56, Cormier 11-8, Bradford 8-7, Choate 2-2, Springer 16-11, Porcello 104-61, Ni, F 2-2, Lyon 23-16, Seay 19-10, Rodney 10-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Garza, M 6-2, Cormier 2-0, Bradford 1-0, Choate 0-1, Springer 1-0, Porcello 8-2, Ni, F 0-0, Lyon 3-1, Seay 1-0, Rodney 0-0.
Batters faced: Garza, M 24, Cormier 4, Bradford 3, Choate 1, Springer 4, Porcello 25, Ni, F 1, Lyon 6, Seay 4, Rodney 2.
Inherited runners-scored: Bradford 2-0, Ni, F 1-0, Rodney 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Gerry Davis. 1B: CB Bucknor. 2B: Mike Everitt. 3B: Brian Gorman.
Weather: 63 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 8 mph, L to R.
T: 2:46 (:16 delay).
Att: 35,030.
Venue: Comerica Park.
August 28, 2009
August 28, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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