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Tigers outlast Rays, 8-6, in 11 innings

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Grant Balfour gave up a bases loaded walk to Victor Martinez with none out in the top of the 11th. The Detroit Tigers added a couple insurance runs and went on to beat the Rays, 8-6, in 11 innings tonight at Tropicana Field.

Ian Kinsler led off the 11th with a triple to right field. Kinsler's line drive went off the glove of a diving Kevin Kiermaier. Balfour walked Torii Hunter on four pitches, then intentionally walked Miguel Cabrera to load the bases. Balfour fell behind 2-0 and 3-1 before walking Martinez.

Lefty Jeff Beliveau replaced Balfour and struck out Ezequiel Carrera, but threw a wild pitch while facing Don Kelly that allowed Torii Hunter to score. Bryan Holaday added a sacrifice fly to center to score Cabrera.

With two outs in the bottom of the 11th, Joe Nathan gave up a single to Ben Zobrist, a walk to Logan Forsythe and an RBI single to Even Longoria.

J.D. Martinez homered on a 1-0 pitch to center field off right-hander Joel Peralta to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead in the top of the eighth. It was the eighth time he has homered in the eighth inning or later for the Tigers.

But the Rays tied the game in the bottom of the eighth off Joba Chamberlain.

Chamberlain gave up a walk to Longoria and back-to-back singles to James Loney and Yunel Escobar to load the bases. Vince Belnome hit a sac fly to center to bring home Longoria, tying the game.

The Tigers came back from a 4-0 deficit with three unearned runs in the fifth and one run in the sixth.

Max Scherzer allowed four runs over the first 11 batters he faced. He allowed two more baserunners over the final 5 1/3 innings he pitched.

Scherzer gave up a three-run home run to Loney in the first inning and an RBI single to Zobrist in the second inning.

Scherzer had not given up more than three runs in a game since allowing 10 in an 11-4 loss to the Royals on June 17. He had four consecutive quality starts before tonight's game.

Scherzer was not helped in the second inning by center fielder Rajai Davis, who couldn't track down a ball hit by Belnome, which resulted in a ground-rule double. It was Belnome's first career hit. Belnome came home on Zobrist's single.

The Tigers stranded a runner at third in the fourth inning, before scoring three unearned runs in the fifth inning. They added the tying run in the sixth and went ahead 5-4 in the eighth on the 17th home run of the season by J.D. Martinez.

Rays starter Chris Archer gave up back-to-back walks to Alex Avila and Andrew Romine with two outs in the sixth, then yielded an RBI single to center by Davis. Avila scored to tie the game, 4-4.

With two on and one out in the fifth, Davis hit into a fielder's choice, but a throwing error by Loney to second left the bases loaded. Archer walked Ian Kinsler with the bases loaded to score Nick Castellanos. Torii Hunter hit into a fielder's choice, which allowed Andrew Romine to score. Miguel Cabrera added an RBI single to center to score Kinsler. Rays centerfielder Desmond Jennings was originally credited with a catch, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus challenged the play. Replay showed the Jennings had trapped the ball on his diving attempt.

Archer allowed five hits, five walks and four runs (one earned) over 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts for the Rays.

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