By Dave Hart
Tigers 5, Rays 4– Michael Fulmer struck out a career-high 11 batters to pace the Tigers over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday afternoon.
Detroit led 1-0 after three innings, the Rays tied the game 1-1 in the sixth before the Tigers responded with four runs in the seventh.
The Rays cut their deficit to one run but failed to complete the comeback.
Tampa Bay was paced by Evan Longoria with a solo home run and Brad Miller with a two-run triple.
The Tigers are now 20-22 on the season, good for fourth place in the American League Central Division behind the Chicago White Sox.
Detroit will look to win the series over the Rays with a victory on Sunday afternoon.
4th Place in AL Central Division (4.5 games behind Chicago)
3 games behind Texas for last playoff spot
Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 125
Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 125
Next Game: 05/22/2016 vs Tampa Bay Rays 1:10 p.m. @ Comerica Park
Hitting stats: James McCann HR (1) 2 RBI (7), J.D. Martinez HR (9) 2 RBI (22), Cameron Maybin HR (1) RBI (2), Ian Kinsler SB (4).
Pitching stats: Michael Fulmer W (3-1) 7 IP 4 H 1 R 1 ER 1 BB 11 K, Francisco Rodriguez SV (12) 1 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 2 K.