By Dave Hart
Rays 7, Tigers 5– The Tampa Bay Rays snapped the Tigers four-game winning streak on Friday night.
The Tigers cut their deficit to one-run with a tally in the sixth and seventh innings but the Rays responded with a run in the eighth.
Tampa Bay was paced by Steven Souza and Steve Pearce with a solo homer each while Kevin Kiermaier added a three-run triple.
Tigers’ starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez took the loss, allowing five runs on six hits while striking out four batters in five innings.
The Tigers are now 19-22 on the season, good for fourth place in the American League Central Division behind the Chicago White Sox.
Detroit will look to even its series with the Rays with a victory on Saturday afternoon.
4th Place in AL Central Division (6 games behind Chicago)
4 games behind Cleveland for last playoff spot
Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 127
Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 128
Next Game: 05/21/2016 vs Tampa Bay Rays 4:10 p.m. @ Comerica Park
Hitting stats: Miguel Cabrera 2 HR (8) 3 RBI (24), James McCann RBI (5), Cameron Maybin SB (4).
Pitching stats: Anibal Sanchez L (3-5) 5 IP 6 H 5 R 5 ER 2 BB 4 K.