ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Yandy Diaz homered on the game’s first pitch, Mike Zunino hit another home run, reliever Dietrich Enns had four controlled innings and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Tigers 5-2 on Thursday night. from Detroit.
The Rays, leaders of the AL East Division, lead by eight and a half games over Boston and Toronto, which are in second and third place respectively. The New York Yankees are fourth, down nine games.
Tampa Bay slugger Nelson Cruz exited the game in the sixth inning with a bruised right forearm. He was hit with a pitch in the first episode.
Enns (2-0) allowed one run and three hits. Six Rays pitchers shared the mound and conceded six hits.
The 30-year-old left-hander, who appeared in his seventh game this season and ninth overall, worked four blank innings in Detroit on Saturday to clinch his first major league win.
Niko Goodrum and Jeimer Candelario hit home runs for the Tigers cause, who won two of three games over the weekend at Tampa Bay. Tyler Alexander (2-3) allowed four runs and five hits in five two-thirds innings.
Diaz hit his home run on Alexander’s first pitch that was part of a two-touchdown offense in the opening inning.
For the Tigers, Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera 4-0. Puerto Rican Willi Castro 3-1.
For the Rays, the Cubans Yandy Díaz 4-2, one scored, one RBI, and Randy Arozarena 3-0, one RBI. Manuel Margot 2-1, one scored, one RBI.