The Tigers erased a five-run deficit with six singles and a bases-loaded walk before Cameron Maybin’s bases-clearing double sealed a 10-7 win over the Rays.
The Tigers greeted reliever Ryan Garton with four straight hits to cut the lead to 7-3.
Erasmo Rodriguez took over with the bases loaded and no outs to face Justin Upton.
Upton promptly kept the rally going with an RBI single to center field.
Steven Moya hit a sacrifice fly and Jarrod Saltalamacchia followed with an RBI single.
Ramirez walked Ian Kinsler to force home the tying run in advance of Maybin’s three-run double that completed the Tigers’ eight-run outburst.
In all they scored 8 runs in the top of the ninth inning.
Jordan Zimmermann started for the Tigers.
He went six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits, striking out 3 and walking 2.
Anibal Sanchez got the win in relief, pitching 2 innings and giving up 2 runs on four hits with 2 strikeouts and no walks.
Frankie Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth for his 22 save of the season.
The series continues tonight in Tampa.
Michael Fulmer will start for the Tigers and former Tiger Drew Smyly gets the start for Tampa.
Game time is 7:10.
By: Mike Plourde – for Great Lakes Radio Sports