Kevin Kiermaier drew a leadoff walk from Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez to start the Rays' ninth, bringing Evan Longoria to the plate.
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Longoria doubled to right on the second pitch he saw, putting runners at second and third with no outs. Peter Bourjos pinch-ran for Longoria before the Tigers intentionally walked Brad Miller to load the bases for Steven Souza Jr. Souza tried to check his final swing, but it was ruled strike three.
That prompted Rays manager Kevin Cash to leave the dugout and argue the call. He was ejected before Logan Morrison hit into a fielder's choice that saw shortstop Jose Iglesias throw wild to first. Both runs scored, and the Rays had a walk-off win.
Nicholas Castellanos' bases-loaded triple in the sixth, his second triple of the game, had put the Tigers up 7-5, but the Rays cut the lead to 7-6 before their final at-bat.
The Rays had a 5-1 lead after four innings thanks to Longoria's three RBIs. With staff ace Chris Archer on the mound, the outlook appeared promising for the Rays. But the Tigers scored three in the fifth on an RBI single by Miguel Cabrera and a two-run double from Victor Martinez to cut the lead to 5-4.
Jordan Zimmermann started for the Tigers and, like Archer, came away with a no-decision.
Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.
J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg.
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