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Tough loss
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Tigers 4, Rays 3
Jeff Niemann was in line for his 13th win until the Tigers got to Grant Balfour in the eighth. (AP)
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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Series at a glance:
TB
Tampa Bay (70-59)
Lost 1
Detroit 4, Tampa Bay 3   DET
Detroit (69-60)
Won 1
August 30, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Tampa Bay
0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0   3 7 0
Detroit
0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 X   4 6 0
Standings thru 8/30/09  |  Recap: TB | DET  |  Gameday  |  Rays stats  |  Tigers stats
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Bartlett, SS 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 .337
Crawford, C, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .312
Zobrist, RF 4 0 1 0 0 2 4 .288
Pena, C, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .218
Burrell, DH 3 1 0 0 1 1 2 .239
Longoria, 3B 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 .267
Zaun, C 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .258
  1-Kapler, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .247
Iwamura, 2B 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 .311
Upton, B, CF 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .241
Totals 32 3 7 3 3 4 15  

1-Ran for Zaun in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Upton, B (29, Verlander).
HR: Longoria (25, 4th inning off Verlander, 1 on, 1 out), Iwamura (1, 4th inning off Verlander, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Longoria 4; Zaun; Upton, B 3; Crawford, C; Iwamura 4; Zobrist.
RBI: Longoria 2 (90), Iwamura (17).
2-out RBI: Iwamura.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Zobrist 2; Burrell 2.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Crawford, C (55, 2nd base off Verlander/Laird).
CS: Bartlett (5, 2nd base by Verlander/Laird), Upton, B (13, 2nd base by Verlander/Laird).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Crawford, C (Granderson at 2nd base).

 
Detroit AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Granderson, CF 3 1 1 1 1 0 0 .258
Polanco, 2B 4 1 1 3 0 0 0 .268
Guillen, LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .235
  Raburn, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273
Cabrera, M, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .335
Huff, DH 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .243
Inge, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .240
Thomas, C, RF 3 2 3 0 0 0 0 .250
Laird, C 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .225
  a-Ordonez, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .275
  Avila, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .303
Santiago, R, SS 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .254
Totals 29 4 6 4 1 4 6  

a-Flied out for Laird in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Huff (25, Niemann), Thomas, C (10, Niemann).
HR: Polanco (8, 8th inning off Balfour, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Polanco 4; Thomas, C 4; Huff 2; Granderson.
RBI: Granderson (59), Polanco 3 (58).
2-out RBI: Granderson; Polanco 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Inge.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 2.

 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Niemann 7.0 5 2 2 0 3 0 3.80
Balfour (BS, 3)(L, 5-3) 1.0 1 2 2 1 1 1 4.45
 
Detroit IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Verlander (W, 15-7) 8.0 6 3 3 3 4 2 3.38
Rodney (S, 29) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.28

Niemann pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

HBP: Bartlett (by Verlander).
Pitches-strikes: Niemann 96-64, Balfour 17-10, Verlander 125-86, Rodney 13-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Niemann 7-4, Balfour 0-1, Verlander 5-10, Rodney 2-1.
Batters faced: Niemann 25, Balfour 5, Verlander 32, Rodney 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Balfour 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Mike Everitt. 1B: Brian Gorman. 2B: Gerry Davis. 3B: CB Bucknor.
Weather: 61 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, L to R.
T: 2:30.
Att: 36,067.
Venue: Comerica Park.
August 30, 2009
August 30, 2009

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