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Rays lose another close game as Tigers hit 3 homers

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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.

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 [email protected]

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