Detroit Tigers slow AL East leader Tampa Bay on Sunday, 2-0
By DICK SCANLON
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Wily Peralta gave up three hits in seven innings, and Eric Haase and Dustin Garneau homered for the Detroit Tigers in a 2-0 win over the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
Peralta (4-3) and three relievers limited the Rays to five singles as Detroit, third in the AL Central at 72-78, won for the seventh time in 10 games.
Tampa Bay has 12 games to play, leads the AL East by 6 1/2 games and is headed to its second straight division title.
Peralta walked three and threw a season-high 100 pitches. He had been 0-2 with a 4.60 ERA in nine starts since beating Minnesota on July 18.
“Getting to 100 pitches was really key,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “I joked that we were going to leave him out there until his arm falls off because we were really thin. But he kept putting up zeroes.”
Kyle Funkhouser pitched the ninth for his first save since April 30, 2013, for Louisville against Western Kentucky in college.
Detroit won the season series 4-3.
“It’s really i
mportant for us,” Peralta said. “Shows we’re headed in he right direction.”
Haase hit his 22nd home run in the fourth, and Garneau hit his sixth off Nick Anderson in the seventh.