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Carlos Pena leads Rays to 11-7 win over Tigers

Aug 31, 2009 - 9:52 PM DETROIT(AP) -- Carlos Pena and the Tampa Bay Rays headed into September on a high note.

Next up, a key series against the Boston Red Sox.

Pena hit his AL-best 38th homer and drove in four runs to help the Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 11-7 on Monday for a split of their four-game series.

Tampa Bay scored six times in the first inning against the AL Central leaders, capped by Pena's two-run drive. James Shields remained unbeaten against Detroit, and Jason Bartlett added a solo homer as the Rays moved within five games of idle Boston in the wild-card race.

Tampa Bay hosts the Red Sox on Tuesday night, the start of a three-game set.

"I don't know if it gets any bigger," Evan Longoria said. "Today is a great way to head home. It should be fun."

Tampa Bay is 4-1 against the Red Sox at Tropicana Field this season and has won seven of the first 11 meetings.

Carlos Guillen had four hits for Detroit, including a pair of two-run homers.

Tigers starter Jarrod Washburn (9-8) allowed his first six batters to reach base. The last was Pena, who hit a shot down the right-field line. Pat Burrell had a two-run double earlier in the inning.

"It was great," said Pena, who finished August with 12 homers and had his seventh game this season with four or more RBIs. "That first inning really put momentum on our side."

Pena added an RBI double in the fifth and Bartlett homered in the sixth off Washburn, who lost for the second time since joining the Tigers in a July 31 trade with Seattle. He left the mound to a chorus of boos after allowing eight runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings.

"He certainly didn't have very good success today," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "Some of it by his own doing and some of it was that's just the way it is sometimes.

"Sometimes it just isn't your day."

Pena singled in the first of three Tampa Bay runs off reliever Ryan Perry in the seventh and finished a seven-game road trip with four homers and 12 RBIs.

"Carlos is looking extremely sharp," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

Shields (9-10) allowed both two-run homers by Guillen, one in the first and another in the seventh, but had little trouble in between. The right-hander yielded four earned runs in seven innings and struck out six to win his second consecutive outing and improve to 3-0 in five career starts against the Tigers.

Guillen had his sixth career multihomer game. Detroit got its last two runs in the ninth off reliever Brian Shouse.

"It feels good," Guillen said. "I hit the ball good. I was just trying to stay short and make good contact."

NOTES: Pena missed his own club record for homers in a month by one. He hit 13 in September 2007. The Rays' 43 August homers set a club mark. ... Longoria scored three times. ... Guillen also had his eighth career four-hit game. ... Tigers RHP Jeremy Bonderman (shoulder) will be activated from an injury rehab assignment Tuesday but will not be used as a starter, Leyland said. With rosters expanding to 40, the club also will promote pitchers Eddie Bonine and Casey Fien, C Dusty Ryan, OF Wilkin Ramirez and SS Brent Dlugach from Triple-A Toledo. ... Tampa Bay RHP Andy Sonnanstine will be recalled Tuesday from Triple-A Durham to start against Boston. The Rays also will call up C Shawn Riggans, OF Fernando Perez and RHP Jeff Bennett.






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  • ** CONFIRMED **
    AL
    TAMPA BAY 11
    DETROIT 7 FINAL

    Aug 31 4:00 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ADAM EVERETT SCORED CURTIS GRANDERSON
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A EVERETT ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 11
    DETROIT 7 BOTTOM,9TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C GUILLEN (.250, 4-FOR-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI)

    Rays 11, Tigers 7  Bot 9, 0 OutsAug 31 3:48 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    BALK BY ADAM EVERETT SCORED ALEX AVILA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C GRANDERSON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 11
    DETROIT 6 BOTTOM,9TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: A EVERETT (.240, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays 11, Tigers 6  Bot 9, 0 OutsAug 31 3:44 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CARLOS GUILLEN (8) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH
    2 OUT IN THE 7TH OFF JAMES SHIELDS SCORED CURTIS
    GRANDERSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 11, DETROIT 5
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M CABRERA (.335, 1-FOR-3)

    Rays 11, Tigers 5  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 31 3:15 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    FORCE OUT BY B.J. UPTON SCORED CARLOS PENA
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, B UPTON ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 11
    DETROIT 3 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J BARTLETT (.338, 2-FOR-4, HR, RBI)

    Rays 11, Tigers 3  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 31 3:03 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY AKINORI IWAMURA SCORED EVAN LONGORIA
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C PENA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 10
    DETROIT 3 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D NAVARRO (.221, 1-FOR-3)

    Rays 10, Tigers 3  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 31 2:59 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS PENA SCORED PAT BURRELL
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C PENA ON FIRST, E LONGORIA ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 9
    DETROIT 3 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: A IWAMURA (.311, 1 HR, 17 RBI)

    Rays 9, Tigers 3  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 31 2:59 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CLETE THOMAS SCORED CARLOS GUILLEN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C THOMAS ON FIRST, A HUFF ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 8
    DETROIT 3 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: A AVILA (.314, 1-FOR-2)

    Rays 8, Tigers 3  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 31 2:49 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JASON BARTLETT (12) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 6TH OFF JARROD WASHBURN.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 8, DETROIT 2
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: G KAPLER (.244, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Rays 8, Tigers 2  Top 6, 0 OutsAug 31 2:35 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CARLOS PENA SCORED EVAN LONGORIA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C PENA ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 7
    DETROIT 2 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: W AYBAR (.252, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Rays 7, Tigers 2  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 31 2:23 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CARLOS GUILLEN (7) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF JAMES SHIELDS SCORED PLACIDO POLANCO.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 6, DETROIT 2
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M CABRERA (.335, 27 HR, 82 RBI)

    Rays 6, Tigers 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 31 1:26 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TAMPA BAY 6 6 5 0
    DETROIT 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: TAM - JAMES SHIELDS
    DET - JARROD WASHBURN

    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C GRANDERSON (.258, 25 HR, 59 RBI)
    P POLANCO (.268, 8 HR, 58 RBI)
    C GUILLEN (.235, 6 HR, 25 RBI

    Rays 6, Tigers 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 31 1:21 PM