Tigers walk 13 hitters, stumble late in Rays’ 5-3 loss

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

The Detroit Tigers affair this season did not close games with the lead. In fact, prior to Friday night, the team was at 34-3 when they are leading after seven runs.

That trend was breached against the Tampa Bay Rays, as the visitors scored three runs for eighth to come back and defeat the Tigers 5-3 at Comerica Park. Brandon Lowe gave the Rays the lead with a couple RBIs, and former Tiger Isaac Paredes added some insurance with one field to the right that Lowe scored in the same inning.

Tiger's Riley Green, right, was welcomed by Akil Badu after they both scored Green's second-round goal at home during the second half.

After wasting the lead, the Tigers fell 1-2-3 in the eighth inning. They were able to make some noise in the ninth round with a win on the board, but Colin Butch of Tampa put the Tigers to bed before any goals could be scored.

“We had the lead. The eighth inning. We had Joe Jimenez in the game. So, we had all the chances (to win),” coach AJ Hench said. “We needed to be more perfect in the end because of how the whole game was set up.