Daniel Norris (4-4) got the win, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk in six-plus innings. He matched a season high with eight strikeouts.
Erasmo Ramirez (3-2) matched a career worst by allowing 10 runs on nine hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings.
Tampa Bay tied the game in the third. Peter Bourjos tripled with one out and Steven Souza Jr. followed with a grounder to third. Castellanos threw wildly to the plate, allowing Souza to take second,
The Rays took a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Logan Morrison walked, took second on Mallex Smith’s infield single and scored on Daniel Robertson‘s base hit. With runners at the corners, Smith took off for the plate when Norris tried to pick off Robertson and was thrown out by Avila’s throw home. Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash challenged the play, but the call was confirmed.
The Tigers took over the game at that point, scoring five runs in each of the next two innings to take an 11-2 lead.
Avila led off the bottom of the fourth with his 10th homer. After a walk to Miguel Cabrera, J.D. Martinez singled and Upton lined an RBI double over the head of Smith in centerfield. Castellanos doubled down the left-field line to give the Tigers a three-run lead.
Jose Iglesias received a standing ovation after two spectacular defensive plays in the fifth. He charged a slow roller and threw out Bourjos, then sprinted straight back into left-centerfield to make an over-the-shoulder catch on Souza’s pop up. The cheers continued when Upton reached over the left-field fence to rob the next hitter, Corey Dickerson, of a home run.
The Tigers kept hitting in the fifth, with Upton’s two-run single putting them up 8-2. Tim Beckham‘s throwing error later in the inning allowed two more runs to score.
Rays: Despite his ugly pitching line, Ramirez didn’t leave the game until he came up limping after a grounder back to the mound. After making the play, he was examined by the training staff and replaced by Austin Pruitt.
Tigers: DH Victor Martinez was placed on the 10-day disabled list with an irregular heartbeat. The problem caused him to leave Thursday’s game in the seventh inning, and he was still hospitalized for tests on Friday afternoon. The team is expecting to have further updates on Saturday.
Rays: RHP Chris Archer (4-4, 3.80) will try to get the Rays a win in the third game of the four-game weekend series on Saturday. Archer had a no-decision against the Tigers on April 19, striking out nine in five innings but allowing four runs.
Tigers: RHP Michael Fulmer (6-4, 3.40) will attempt to continue his dominance of the Rays on Saturday. He’s 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 20 innings in three starts against Tampa Bay, although the loss and three of four earned runs came in Tampa Bay on April 18.