The Tampa Bay Rays fell short of picking up a series split with the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, as Detroit used strong rallies in the middle innings to win 5-3.
The Rays got off to a quick start in the bottom of the first when B.J. Upton hit a sac fly that scored Desmond Jennings, however the Tigers would answer with a run in the fourth and a pair in the fifth. The Rays tied the game in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Hideki Matsui and an RBI double by Jose Molina.
The Tigers would then take the lead for good in the top of the sixth when Austin Jackson and Prince Fielder each hit RBI singles to take control of the game.
Rays starter Alex Cobb fell to 3-5 after going 5.1 innings allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks. Tigers starter Drew Smyly got the win after going five innings and allowing three runs.
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