Rays lose as Tigers’ Cabrera goes deep

by Gary Shelton on June 16, 2017 · 0 comments

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Souza tied the score with a homer in the seventh./CARMEN MANDATO

Souza tied the score with a homer in the seventh./CARMEN MANDATO

Saturday, 4 a.m.

Perhaps the last place the Tampa Bay Rays would look for defeat is on the inside of Daniel Robertson's glove.

There it was, however. The slick-fielding infielder of the Rays made two errors Thursday night, leading the way to Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers, 5-3. Cabrera hit a two-run walkoff homer in the ninth inning off of Tommy Hunter to end the game.

“We got beat by one of the best hitters in baseball for a long time,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “He can hit the ball to any place in the ballpark in any ballpark.”

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Robertson's  normally dependable glove failed him./JEFFREY S. KING

Robertson's normally dependable glove failed him./JEFFREY S. KING

In the eighth, Steven Souza Jr. hit a game-tying home run. But that just set up Cabrera's winner.

It wasn't enough, however. Hunter got the first two batters of the ninth out,

Colby Rasmus had three hits for the Rays. Logan Morrison had two, including a run-scoring double.

But the Rays were sloppy. Mallex Smith misplayed a hit to the outfielder, and Michael Martinez failed to come up with a grounder. Robertson has been solid on defense this year, so his errors were surprising.

“Obviously, you don't foresee that happening,” Robertson said. “The first one I was there in front of it, and it ate me up. The one in the seventh, I was going around it to throw to first, and I lost my footing. No excuses obviously. I've got to overcome it. I don't know what to say. I have to get out there and make some more plays.”

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Cobb allowed only two earned runs for the Rays./STEVE MUNCIE

It cost Alex Cobb, who scattered six hits and gave up only three runs (two earned).

Tampa Bay's Erasmo Ramirez pitches today against Detroit's Daniel Norris. Ramirez is coming off a 10-hit outing against the A's. He's allowed first-inning runs in five of his last six games.

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