It came down to an instant replay. The Tampa Bay Rays lost that one, too.
The Rays were edged by the Detroit Tigers, 5-4, when a bases loaded grounder was thrown wide of second with two out. Second baseman Ian Kinsler was able to stretch to his left, make the catch and keep his foot on the bag to preserve the win for Detroit.
The Tigers homered their way to this victory, getting two home runs from Rajai Davis – who only had four on the year — and one from James McCann to account for all five of their runs. The Rays got a two-run homer from Evan Longoria – his fifth of the last seven games. J.P. Arencibia also hit a home run for the Rays.
Tampa Bay lost its fourth of five games and fell to three games under .500. The Rays are now five games out of the second spot for the second wild-card berth.
There was a familiar note to the loss, the Rays’ 25th one-run loss of the year. Tampa Bay is now 24-25 in one-run games. They are 0-8 in their history in Labor Day games on the road.
Erasmo Ramirez pitches for the Rays today against the Tigers’ Matt Boyd.