Miguel Cabrera celebrated his 34th birthday Tuesday by pounding a home run 451 feet. He was lifted at a leadoff walk to Victor Martinez and an opposite field single to Justin Upton. He intentionally walked Brad Miller to load the bases.
Detroit starter Jordan Zimmerman, pitching in his 200th major league game and his 199th start, gave up five runs on 10 hits in six innings, striking out four.
Kiermaier had three hits and four runs while Longoria had three hits and three RBIs. That said, they're 4-1 in their last five home games and have won five of their last six home games following a road trip of seven or more days. "I think [Tuesday] will be a good start where I can build off of my last start and go into the [rest of the] season feeling good".
Rays manager Kevin Cash raced out of the dugout, demanding to know why plate umpire Larry Vanover didn't check with the first base umpire. That gets us back to the.500 mark (though I should certainly be around 60 percent right now, if not for that series of terrible bad beats the past two weeks), and of course, we want much more than that.
Rays: SS Matt Duffy (Achilles' tendon) has resumed on-field drills and a running program.
At the end of the first inning, after Archer cut through the top of the Tigers' order with great stuff and Zimmermann allowed two of the most unlucky runs you'll see all season, it seemed unlikely. "I take sole blame for that, for me putting us in that position".
"Unfortunately, the source of confusion was coming from the stands", Ausmus said.
The Tigers failed to homer for the first time this season. "We changed our signals".
The Rays got some really good juju just in time to beat the Tigers on Wednesday.
Keuchel (3-0) allowed one run on eight hits with seven strikeouts. Castellanos' sixth inning triple was the biggest hit, until Longoria's double in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Detroit got back within a run in the third as Cabrera singled to bring in Kinsler, but the Rays got three in the fourth to extend their lead.
Derek Norris finished the game going 2-for-4 including a RBI single in the sixth inning to push the Rays lead to 3-1.
Upton got tangled up with Rays shortstop Tim Beckham on a slide at second base in the seventh inning, with his wrist apparently colliding with Beckham's forearm.
Tigers: LHP Daniel Norris (1-0) faces the Rays in Thursday's series finale.
Chris Archer (2-0, 2.21 ERA) will take the mound for the Rays who will be looking for the series win.
Ramirez, who has a relief win and a 3.72 ERA, threw four innings Saturday with 46 pitches to stretch himself out for Thursday's start, stepping in for the injured Jake Odorizzi.