The Dominican Jeimer Candelario and Dustin Garneau homered as the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Saturday night. leaders of the East Division of the American League.
Tampa Bay is seven and a half games ahead of second-place Boston. Toronto is eight and a half games down, and the New York Yankees are at 10.
The Tigers had a one-run lead in the beginning of the ninth inning when Mike Zunino walked off Michael Fulmer and advanced to second on a hit by Joey Wendle.
Fulmer got his 10th save in 15 chances when he struck out Brett Phillips and forced Yandy Diaz to hit a double play ground ball, ending the game.
Jordan Luplow homered for the Rays, who trailed 4-0 in the second inning.
The Dominican Manuel Margot 3-3 with two runs scored, for the defeated
Candelario made the score 3-0 in favor of the Tigers in the first inning, thanks to his 16th homer, off Ryan Yarbrough (8-6). The Dominican has hit four homers in his last four games against Tampa Bay.
Dominican José Ureña (4-8) took the win by allowing one run and two hits over three 1/3 innings.
For the Tigers, Venezuelans Miguel Cabrera 4-0 with a run scored, Victor Reyes 1-0. Candelario 3-1 with one run scored and three produced. Puerto Rican Willi Castro 3-0.
For the Rays, the Cubans Diaz 5-0, Randy Arozarena 4-1. The Dominican Manuel Margot 3-3 with two runs scored.
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