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Robertson Helps End Skid As Rays Beat Tigers

Daniel Robertson strong play at bat continued Saturday, as he drove in two of the Tampa Bay's three runs to help end the Rays three-game losing streak, rallying to defeat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park.

Tampa Bay trailed 2-1 going into the seventh inning, when Steven Souza Jr. drew a leadoff walk, moving up a base on groundouts first by Colby Rasmus and Tim Beckham.  Robertson, who had opened the scoring two innings earlier with an RBI single, then brought in Souza with a ground ball that went off the glove of Ian Kinsler for a base hit to tie the game.

Norris ended Fulmer's night with a single, and Mallex Smith greeted reliever Alex Wilson with a single to bring in Robertson and break the tie.

Both Fulmer and Rays starter Chris Archer put up scoreless frames through the first four innings before the scoring opened in the top of the fifth, with Rasmus doubling with one out, Beckham drawing a walk and Robertson driving in Rasmus with a base hit.

Archer could not shut down the Tigers bats in the bottom of the inning, as Andrew Romine singled to left, took second on a groundout by Jose Iglesias, and scored when Kinsler doubled off the wall in left to tie the game.

Miguel Cabrera broke the tie off Archer in the bottom of the sixth, taking the first pitch and sending it into the seats in right-center for his seventh home run of the year.

After Tampa Bay took the lead, Jumbo Diaz worked a scoreless seventh, and got the first out in the eighth, while Alex Colome got the final five outs, including stranding the tying run in the bottom of the ninth, to get his 19th save of the year.

The win gets Tampa Bay back to a game over .500 at 36-35.

The Rays can still manage a .500 road trip with a win in Sunday's finale, as Jake Faria (2-0, 1.42 ERA) takes on Buck Farmer (2-0, 3.52 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 1:10, with coverage on WDAE starting Sunday morning at 11:00 with The Inside Pitch presented by Sykes Lakeland.

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