By Dave Hart

Tigers 2, Rays 1 – The Tigers snapped their three-game losing streak, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon and avoiding the sweep.LSJ Logo incert

J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos each knocked in a run for Detroit.

Detroit starting pitcher Justin Verlander picked up his first win of the season, allowing one run on four hits in eight innings while striking out 10 batters.Eye on the D

The Tigers will open a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles starting on Thursday night.

Record: 49-52

4th Place in AL Central (12.5 games behind Kansas City)

3.5 games behind Minnesota for last playoff spot.

Magic # to clinch their 5th straight AL Central Division title: 75

Magic # to clinch their 5th straight playoff berth: 66

Next Game: 07/30/2015 @ Baltimore Orioles 7:05 p.m. @ Camden Yards

Hitting Stats: J.D. Martinez RBI (63), Nick Castellanos RBI (48).

Pitching Stats: Justin Verlander W (1-3) 8 IP 4 H 1 R 1 ER 0 BB 10 K, Joakim Soria SV (23) 1 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 2 K.