Andriese, Beckham come up big vs. Tigers

Andriese, Beckham come up big vs. Tigers

ST. PETERSBURG -- Matt Andriese overcame a first-inning mistake en route to a quality start, and Tim Beckham led the offense with his second home run in three games as the Rays snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over Detroit on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.

"Nice to be back home, I guess," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We needed a win today. Matt Andriese set the tone. He gave up the early home run, but it didn't faze him and didn't rattle him. He threw some really good breaking balls. He got a lot of changeups under the zone for swing-and-miss. He continued to make pitches."

Andriese held the Tigers to one run on four hits over six innings to pick up his first win of the season, and Rays hitters chipped in with plenty of offense in the victory.

Andriese fans Avila

Everything came together good," Andriese said. "I was just attacking the strike zone and trying to make good work and everything worked out well."

Miguel Cabrera homered to get the Tigers going in the first with a 451-foot solo shot off Andriese. According to Statcast™, the barreled ball had a 23-degree launch angle, with a 110-mph exit velocity. Beckham answered in the third with a two-run shot off Tigers starter Michael Fulmer that put the Rays up 2-1. Beckham's barreled ball traveled 399 feet, and had a 28-degree launch angle with a 102-mph exit velocity.

Derek Norris' RBI single in the sixth pushed the Rays' lead to 3-1. The Rays continued to add to their lead in the seventh with an RBI double by Kevin Kiermaier and an RBI single by Brad Miller.

Kiermaier's RBI double

Fulmer took the loss after allowing three earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five in six innings. Alex Colome pitched a scoreless ninth to finish off the win.

"We didn't really swing the bats badly. I mean didn't get that many hits and we didn't score that many runs but we didn't swing the bats badly," Ausmus said. "There was a lot of balls that were barreled."

Beckham's blast: Beckham stepped to the plate in the third after Shane Peterson singled to left to lead off the inning. After fouling off a 94.8-mph fastball from Fulmer, Beckham connected on an 89.6-mph slider, depositing the ball into the left-center-field stands to give the Rays a 2-1 lead. Beckham's second home run of the season was his second in his past three games.

Tough on lefties: Cash has referred to right-hander Danny Farquhar as his second left-hander out of the bullpen due to the success he's had against left-handers with a changeup that moves away from lefties. According to Statcast™ research, Farquhar entered the game with 30.6 percent swings and misses from lefties against his change (2016-2017).

Cash tapped into that advantage in the top of the seventh when the Tigers had runners at first and second with two left-handers scheduled to hit. Farquhar first got Tyler Collins to hit an 86.7-mph changeup for a forceout. Then, with runners at the corners and one out, Farquhar struck out Alex Avila on an 85.8 mph changeup before Tommy Hunter took over, retiring JaCoby Jones on a lineout to left to end the threat.

"It's Miggy, he's going to get his knocks. You just have to bounce back at that point."
-- Andriese, on Cabrera's homer

Cabrera's first-inning home run extended the club's record streak to 13 games with a homer (the previous record was seven). It is the longest such streak by any Major League team since the 2002 Indians homered in their first 14 games of the season. That streak was the longest by a Major League club in the past 100 years.

Justin Upton slid into second base on a force in the seventh, and his right wrist hit Beckham's as the Rays' shortstop threw to first trying to complete a double play. The Rays challenged the violation of slide rule at second base and the safe call at first base. After a 3-minute review, the calls stood.

Upton injured on Beckham's throw

"Yeah, I am actually [surprised the call was upheld]," Beckham said. "But that's the game, and everything's not going to go your way. And we did a good job of holding them and we did a good job of staying in the ballgame."

Upton remained on base to end the inning, but was replaced to start the bottom of the frame. X-rays came back negative on the wrist, and Upton will be re-evaluated Wednesday.

Tigers: Jordan Zimmermann, who is coming off one of the worst starts of his professional career after he allowed a career-high five walks in 4 2/3 innings against the Twins, will take the mound when Detroit plays the Rays at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday. In Zimmermann's four career starts against the Rays, the veteran righty is 1-1 with a 3.80 ERA.

Rays: Chris Archer will make his fourth start, opposing Zimmermann on the mound. The right-hander is the first Rays pitcher to open the team's season in the starting rotation with three consecutive starts of two runs or less since Matt Moore (5) in 2013. The Rays are 3-0 in Archer's three starts this season.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for since 2005.

J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to based in St. Petersburg.

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