ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Victor Martinez drew a tiebreaking bases-loaded walk during a three-run 11th inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-6 on Tuesday night.
Bishop Luers standout Kevin Keirmaier went 0 for 4 for Tampa Bay.
Ian Kinsler opened the 11th with a triple off Grant Balfour (1-5), a flare to right that got past a diving Kevin Kiermaier. Torii Hunter walked and Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked before Martinez got his free pass.
Hunter scored on Jeff Beliveau’s wild pitch and Bryan Holaday added a sacrifice fly that gave Detroit an 8-5 lead.
Jim Johnson (5-2) worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the 10th. Joe Nathan gave up Evan Longoria’s RBI single in the 11th before getting his 26th save.
The Tigers, the AL second wild-card leader, won for the fifth time in 13 games.
James Loney homered for the Rays, who had a club-record stretch of 13 consecutive games holding opponents to four runs or less end.
ANGELS 4, RED SOX 3: In Boston, Chris Iannetta hit his second double of the game, a tiebreaking drive in the ninth inning off Boston closer Koji Uehara.
ASTROS 7, YANKEES 4: In New York, Chris Carter snapped a ninth-inning tie with a colossal three-run homer, extending his second-half power surge and Josh Fields (3-6) won on his 29th birthday.
CARDINALS 5, REDS 4: In St. Louis, Jon Jay was hit by a pitch from J.J. Hoover with the base-loaded in the ninth inning, as St. Louis remained 2 1/2 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central.
NATIONALS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 1: In Washington, after three straight wins on its final at-bat Washington went for a cakewalk instead, scoring six runs in the third inning to win its eighth straight
BRAVES 11, PIRATES 3: In Pittsburgh, Justin Upton smashed his 24th home run of the season to spoil the return of Andrew McCutchen, who missed two weeks with fractured cartilage in his ribs.
ROYALS 7, ROCKIES 4: In Denver, Omar Infante had three doubles and drove in four runs to power streaking Kansas City, which has now won 21 of 26.
MARINERS 5, PHILLIES 2: In Philadelphia, Hisashi Iwakuma struck out a season-high 11 batters in eight scoreless innings and Kyle Seager homered to lead Seattle to its 11th win in 14 games.
BREWERS 6, BLUE JAYS 1: In Milwaukee, Mike Fiers pitched seven dominant innings and Jonathan Lucroy and Aramis Ramirez each hit two doubles as Milwaukee won its fifth straight.
MARLINS 4, RANGERS 3, 10 inn: Giancarlo Stanton hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning, and Miami won its third straight and surpassed last year’s wins total of 62.