DETROIT, MI (WTVB) - The Detroit Tigers last night dropped their third straight to the Rays, losing 7-3 in the finale of their 4-game series with Tampa Bay at Comerica Park. First place Detroit still leads the American League Central by 4 games over Kansas City. Last night’s starter for the Tigers, Rick Porcello, was looking for a third straight shutout, but his 25-inning scoreless streak ended early on when the Rays struck for 3 runs in the first inning before there were any outs including a 2-run homer by former Tiger Matt Joyce. Porcello was tagged for seven runs on 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings and slipped to 11-5.
Porcello came up short in his pitching duel with Tampa Bay’s David Price, who lasted into the ninth inning when he gave up a solo homer to J.D. Martinez for the game’s final run. Torii Hunter also had a solo shot in the setback. Detroit takes the day off today before hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers for a brief two games series tomorrow night and Wednesday afternoon.
Prior to last night’s game, a trio of Tigers, pitcher Max Scherzer, first baseman Miguel Cabrera and designated hitter Victor Martinez were named American League All-Stars for the game coming up July 15th at Target Field in Minneapolis. Porcello still can make the A-L All-Star squad. He was one of five pitchers who will be included in a fan vote for the league’s final roster spot. Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista is the overall leading vote getter for the All-Star Game. He edged out fellow American League outfielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. The AL squad also includes the Yankees' Derek Jeter who will play in his 14th and final All-Star Game.
Wrapping up Sunday’s action, the White Sox blanked Seattle 1-0 in Chicago while the Cubs lost 2-1 to the Nationals in Washington.