Rays walk to victory over Detroit

by Gary Shelton on August 6, 2022

in general

Saturday, 4 a.m.

Take your time. Don't hurry. Slow down. Walk. Stroll. Amble. Jog, if you want.

Eventually, maybe you'll be able to run.

The Tampa Bay Rays took another pedestrian victory over the Detroit Tigers Friday night. Pedestrian, because they walked their way to victory. The Rays walked a staggering 13 times in their 5-3 comeback win over the Tigers.

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Still, the victory was tough to come by. The Rays fell behind 3-0, and it wasn't until Brandon Lowe's eighth inning double drove in two runs that they finally took the lead.

Lowe, who has been hot since returning from the injured list 15 games ago, had his seventh multi-hit game since his return, and his second straight game with three RBI. In all, Lowe is hitting .350 with 10 RBI and eight extra-base hits since he was hurt.

"I know he was frustrated after the first (at-bat) with the bases loaded against (Bryan) Garcia. He’s going to get you more times than not when he has men on base. He does look really good.

“I see that we had guys on base. We had opportunities. We can’t over nit-pick the offense. They’re doing everything they can and they’re getting on base. That was good."

The Rays had walked 12 times in an 11-inning game over the Marlins in 2010.

The Rays struggled for most of the night, however, leaving nine of their 10 batters who walked on base. But after Detroit walked Roman Quinn and Taylor Walls to start the eighth, Lowe doubled on a 1-2 pitch.

"To see Roman with the at bat he had, Wallsy the same thing," Lowe said. "I got to see enough pitches to see how the guy on the mound might attack me. Seeing all those pitches might have given me a game plan."

Corey Kluber fell behind 3-0, but he pitched six innings. Colin Poche struggled in the ninth, but earned his seventh save

The Rays and Tigers play again tonight at 6:10 p.m. Shane McClanahan will start for the Rays against Garrett Hill.

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