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Joey Wendle and Dietrich Enns lead Rays to 7-2 win over Tigers


Joey Wendle trebled and homered, Dietrich Enns, 30, won for the first time in the major leagues and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2 on Saturday.

Kevin Kiermaier doubled and trebled to help the Rays end a two-game losing streak.

Miguel Cabrera of Detroit landed his 2974th career hit with an RBI single in the fourth.

Enns (1-0) struck out six strikes in four innings without a hitting, nine years after being drafted by the New York Yankees from Central Michigan University.

Rays starter Chris Archer allowed a run on two hits before leaving after four innings with left hip discomfort.

Casey Mize (7-8) of Detroit, who is on a pitching limit, allowed three runs in two innings.

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Wendle tripled with an out in the second. Mike Zunino called with a Grounder in the third and Wendle beat Jeimer Candelario’s throw at home plate. Kiermaier followed with his second triple in as many games, giving the Rays a 2-0 lead.

After a walk, Brandon Lowe made it 3-0 with a sacrifice ball.

Wendle led the fourth with a homerun and Lowe made it 5-0 with a single RBI later in the set.

Jonathan Schoop led late in the inning with a brace – Detroit’s first hit – and scored on Cabrera’s line a single to the right, but Randy Azorarena’s sacrifice volley restored Tampa’s five-point lead. Bay in fifth.

Austin Meadows made it 7-1 in the ninth with Tampa Bay’s third sacrifice ball before Robbie Grossman’s home run late in the inning.

MOVES

Spokes: Placed INF Wander Franco (hamstring) on ​​the 10-day injured list and selected OF Josh Lowe for Triple-A Durham. Reinstated Azoarena from the paternity list and recalled INF Taylor Walls from Durham. Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said ahead of the game that he hopes Franco can return this season.

Tigers: Placed LHP Matt Boyd (elbow) on the 10-day injured list and called up LHP Ian Krol of Triple-A Toledo.

A LONG WAIT

Enns earned his first big-league victory in his 203rd professional game, but only his eighth in the majors. He pitched in the Yankees, Twins, Padres and Rays minor league systems, spent a winter in Venezuela and pitched in the independent league of the City of Champions Cup 2020.

FOLLOWING

The teams finish their weekend streak on Sunday with Detroit’s Tarik Skubal (8-12, 4.30) against Luis Patino (4-3, 4.65). The game was moved forward an hour to 12:10 p.m. due to the Lions home game across the street at Ford Field.


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