ST. PETERSBURG, FL – The Tampa Bay Rays got out of a seventh-inning jam for the second consecutive game after intentionally walking AL triple crown contender Miguel Cabrera with runners on first and second and two outs en route to a 7-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.
Grant Balfour, who ended the late threat in Monday's 3-2 win over the Tigers by striking out Brennan Boesch, this time retired the right fielder on a fly ball to preserve Tampa Bay's 5-4 lead.
Rays starter Jeff Niemann (9-3) allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings.
Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer in the eighth, extending Tampa Bay's advantage to 7-4.
Cabrera got Detroit within 5-4 on his 25th homer this season, a solo shot during the sixth.