Tampa Bay Rays break open scoreless game in 9th inning to blitz Detroit Tigers 7-0 on Sunday

Tigers shortstop Javier Baez, left, tags the Tampa Bay Rays’ Randy Arozarena for the out on an attempted steal as umpire Scott Barry looks on in the sixth inning on Sunday in Detroit. (AP photo)


Associated Press

DETROIT — Yu Chang and Yandy Diaz drew bases-loaded walks in a seven-run ninth inning, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

With the game scoreless in the ninth, Isaac Parades hit a one-out single off Tigers closer Gregory Soto (2-6), then took third on a two-out double by Francisco Mejia. Soto walked Jose Siri to load the bases, then missed on a 3-2 pitch to Chang. Soto walked Diaz, his fourth batter of the inning, to make it 2-0.

“When you go up there in the ninth inning of a scoreless game, your first impulse is to do something big,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “It isn’t easy to still have the patience to lay off close pitches, but that’s what we were able to do. That turned into a fun inning.”

Jason Foley replaced Soto and allowed a two-run single to Brandon Lowe, a two-run double by Randy Arozarena and an RBI single by Roman Quinn. Paredes, the 11th batter of the inning, struck out.

The Rays are the first team in the modern era to break a scoreless tie in the ninth inning or later with seven or more runs, all with two outs, according to STATS.

Tigers starter Matt Manning pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out seven.

“I took it as a personal challenge to give the bullpen a break, because they’ve been working their butts off,” he said. “I was able to command pitches when I needed — I’d still like to be a little sharper to avoid the walks, but it was really good.”