St. Petersburg, FL (WKZO) – The Tigers have now lost five of their last six and are currently in a tie atop the AL Central standings after falling 3-1 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon.
Jeremy Hellickson continued to dazzle when facing the Tigers allowing just a single run, a solo home run to Miguel Cabrera, over six innings while striking out six and giving up six hits.
A night after the infamous brush back on Cabrera from former Tigers closer Fernando Rodney, both teams were given warnings after Tigers starter Rick Porcello plunked Ben Zobrist in the first inning.
Porcello took the loss for the third consecutive start after allowing three earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three over six innings.
Rays catcher Jose Lobaton had a big day against Porcello, recording three hits in three at-bats while driving in two runs including the go ahead run in the fourth.
Phil Coke and Bruce Rondon pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings respectively for the Tigers.
Cabrera’s home run was just the second long ball in Tropicana Field history to land in the rays touch tank in center field. His home run tied the game at one.
The Tigers had their chances to get some runs in after loading the bases with no outs in the seventh but were unable to get a run in.
Rodney picked up his 17th save for Tampa after tossing a scoreless ninth
With the loss the Tigers fall to 3-20 when trailing after six innings.
The Tigers now will head north of the boarder for a four game set with the Toronto Blue Jays. Jose Alvarez (1-1, 3.78 ERA) gets the start in the opener for Detroit against 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey (7-8, 4.72)