The Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-4 to take the rubber match of their three-game series against the Rays yesterday, winning for the sixth time in seven games.
The win may have been a bit costly though.
Miguel Cabrera and Jordan Zimmermann both left the game with injuries,
The pitching duel between Archer and Zimmermann didn’t last long.
RBI hits from J.D. Martinez and Cabrera drove in two runs before Archer recorded an out.
Andrew Romine’s RBI triple in the second continued the scoring before Cabrera’s solo home run and Cameron Maybin’s two-run single completed the damage in the third.
Archer gave up six runs on eight hits over three innings and 77 pitches.
Zimmermann threw five and 2 thirds innings.
He gave up 2 runs on five hits, Struck out 3 and walked one.
Zimmermann was cruising until he suffered a right groin strain delivering a pitch in the sixth inning.
An inning later, Cabrera was hit just below his left knee, eventually forcing him out for a pinch-runner.
The Tigers announced that Cabrera is day to day with that bruised knee.
Detroit welcomes the Phillies to Comerica Park for a three-game series beginning with a 7:10 p.m. ET game tonight.
Mike Pelfrey (0-4, 5.49 ERA) makes his latest attempt at his first win as a Tiger opposite Vince Velasquez (5-1, 2.42 ERA), who brings a five-start unbeaten streak to town.
By: Mike Plourde – for Great Lakes Radio Sports