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Rays beat Tigers behind bases-loaded triple by Kevin Kiermaier

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The offense of the Tampa Bay Rays continued its hots week Thursday night in a victory in Detroit.

This time, the Rays scored seven runs on eight hits to highlight a 7-5 win over the Tigers. Steven Souza Jr. and Steve Pearce each had home runs for the Rays, but the biggest hit was a bases-loaded triple by Kevin Kiermaier in the sixth.

With the win, the Rays improve to 20-19 on the season.

The Rays led 3-0 after one inning, but the Tigers tied the game in the third. Kiermaier’s first triple of the year broke the tie, however, and led to the Rays’ victory. Kiermaier was second in the league last year with 12 triples.

“Credit to our lineup, top to bottom tonight, for getting guys on and coming up with those big hits,” said Kiermaier.

Pitcher Matt Andriese went 5 1/3 innings to go 3-0 on the season. Alex Colome had his 11th save. The Rays made two errors, however, which left manager Kevin Cash displeased.

“That was interesting, to say the least,” Cash said. “Generally, we play pretty crisp games defensively. Tonight was not one of those games. Good thing the bats piled on some runs for us because we had a couple mental lapses out there.”

The Rays have now scored 38 runs in four games this week. Drew Smyly will start on the mound for Tampa Bay tonight.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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