DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Boyd allowed one run in six innings, and that finally was enough to earn the left-hander a victory when the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Boyd (1-2) began this season with three straight outings of at least six innings with one run allowed, but he took a loss and two no-decisions. Against Tampa Bay, he allowed seven hits and a walk and struck out seven, and his teammates provided just enough support.
Leonys Martin hit a tiebreaking double in the fifth.
Chris Archer (2-2) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out six.
Three relievers held the Rays scoreless. Shane Greene, who allowed a pair of ninth-inning homers in a loss to Tampa Bay on Monday, worked a perfect ninth a night later for his fifth save in seven chances.
Tampa Bay (13-15) lost for only the second time in 11 games, and the Rays still haven’t been at .500 since they were 1-1.
Detroit went ahead on Nicholas Castellanos’ RBI double in the third, and Tampa Bay tied it in the fifth on a run-scoring grounder by Matt Duffy.
The Rays wasted an opportunity in the fourth. Rob Refsnyder singled up the middle, and Tampa Bay could have had the bases loaded with one out. But Wilson Ramos was sent by third base coach Matt Quatraro and was thrown out at home by Martin on a play that wasn’t even close enough for Martin to bother sliding.
Tampa Bay received a pair of pitching prospects from Arizona as players to be named in the February deal involving Steven Souza Jr.: right-hander Sam McWilliams and left-hander Colin Poche.
“I’ll be long gone by the time they get here,” Rays manager Kevin Cash joked. “Talented pitchers — one reliever, one starter.”
Rays: Tampa Bay put RHP Yonny Chirinos on the 10-day DL because of a right forearm strain and recalled LHP Ryan Yarbrough from Triple-A Durham.
Tigers: Miguel Cabrera missed his third game of the season and second in a row. He hasn’t played since leaving Sunday’s game at Baltimore because of a left biceps spasm.
Tampa Bay LHP Blake Snell (4-1) takes on Detroit RHP Michael Fulmer (1-2) in the series finale Wednesday. Snell has won four straight starts.
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