Jeff Niemann was in line for his 13th win until the Tigers got to Grant Balfour in the eighth. (AP)
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
Jeff Niemann nearly had his second successive win over a premier ace, leaving with a two-run lead in the eighth after allowing just five hits. But Grant Balfour allowed a decisive three-run homer to Detroit's Placido Polanco. Evan Longoria and Akinori Iwamura homered for the Rays.
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