Andriese Works Into Seventh, ‘Pen Slams Door
The Tampa Bay Rays returned home and ended their three game losing streak defeating the Detroit Tigers (8-5) by a final score of 5-1.
“Nice to be back home, I guess. We needed a win today. We went up against a very good pitcher in [Michael] Fulmer and we had some good at-bats. Matt Andriese set the tone. He gave up the early home run, but it didn’t faze him and didn’t rattle him.” Manager Kevin Cash said after the game. “He kept them right there allowed Beck [Tim Beckham], who had a tremendous game for us today, Tim Beckham to hit the two-run homer and also his infield single got everything started to separate the game at the end. It was a good day for a lot of people. We needed our bullpen. A lot of guys came in and had success.”
Matt Andriese (1-0, 3.38 ERA) picked up the win working the six plus innings allowing just one run on four hits while striking out five and walking one. The victory ends the Rays three game losing streak and improves the Rays to 7-8 on the year. It was also their first game outside of the AL East this season.
Michael Fulmer (1-1, 3.00 ERA) took the loss for the Tigers allowing three earned runs on six hits striking out five and walking two. The defeat drops the Tigers record to 8-5 on the year.
Andriese allowed a mammoth 451-foot homer in the first inning but didn’t allow the homer to rattle him. He remained strong through six innings and came out to work the seventh. He was lifted at a leadoff walk to Victor Martinez and an opposite field single to Justin Upton.
Danny Farquhar retired both batters he faced before handing the ball to Tommy Hunter retired Jacoby Jones to end the threat. Jumbo Diaz worked a perfect eighth and Alex Colome came into retire the side in the ninth.
Tim Beckham delivered a 2-run homer in the third inning to give the Rays a 2-1 lead. It was his second homer of the season. He finished the game 2-for-4 for his second multi-hit game of the season and his second in his last three. It was also his second homer in his last three games.
Derek Norris finished the game going 2-for-4 including a RBI single in the sixth inning to push the Rays lead to 3-1. It was his first multi-hit game with the Rays.
Kevin Kiermaier delivered an RBI double to plate Beckham in the bottom of the eighth. It was his first RBI of the season. It ended a streak of 16 games without an RBI dating back to last season. He stole third for his fourth stolen base of the season and came in to score on Brad Miller‘s RBI single.
It was Miller’s eighth RBI of the season. He had five in 71 plate appearance through April last season.