Tigers walk 13 batters, stumble late in 5-3 loss to Rays

Detroit — If nothing else, this loss was a little bit different from the rest.

The issue for the Detroit Tigers this season hasn’t been closing out games with the lead. In fact, prior to Friday night, the team was 34-3 when leading after seven innings.

That trend got bucked against the Tampa Bay Rays, as the visitors scored three runs in the eighth to come back and defeat the Tigers 5-3 at Comerica Park. Brandon Lowe gave the Rays the lead with a two-RBI double, and ex-Tiger Isaac Paredes added some insurance with a single to right field that scored Lowe that same inning.

Tigers' Riley Greene, right, is greeted by Akil Baddoo after they both scored on Greene's two-run home run during the second inning.

After squandering the lead, the Tigers went down 1-2-3 in the eighth inning. They were able to make some noise in the ninth with the winning run at the plate, but Tampa’s Colin Poche put the Tigers to bed before any runs could be scored.

“We had the lead. Eighth inning. We had Joe Jiménez in the game. So, we absolutely had every opportunity (to win),” manager AJ Hinch said. “We needed to be a little more perfect at the end due to how the whole game set up.

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