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Did Tigers rally or Rays blow it?

Tampa Bay led 7-2 heading into the ninth. The Tigers scored eight runs and won 10-7. Either that's a great comeback by one team or a disastrous meltdown by the other (or both). Five things we learned Thursday

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Road comeback even rarer for Tigers

Thursday's win marked the Tigers' first in a road game in which they trailed by five-or-more runs in the ninth inning since July 7, 1922, when Ty Cobb and the boys scored nine in the ninth to overcome a 9-2 deficit and earn an 11-9 victory over the Senators in Washington, the Elias Sports Bureau notes.

Just how rare was the Tigers' comeback?

ESPN Stats & Info and the Elias Sports Bureau break it down:

  • Entering Thursday, teams trailing by at least 5 runs entering the 9th inning were 3-2,779 (.001) over the last 5 seasons.
  • Thursday is the first time since 1947 that the Tigers trailed by 5 or more runs through 8 innings and came back to win (Elias).
  • Thursday is the 3rd time in the last 65 years that the Tigers won a game in which they were trailing by at least 5 runs at any point in the 9th inning or later (Elias).

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Rally cats! Tigers use 8-run 9th to beat Rays

Cameron Maybin capped a dramatic eight-run ninth inning with a tiebreaking three-run double, and the Detroit Tigers overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-7 on Thursday night.

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Maybin clears bases to finish Tigers' wild comeback (0:37)

Lineup: Tigers (40-38) at Rays (33-44)

  • 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (R)
  • 2. Cameron Maybin, CF (R)
  • 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (R)
  • 4. Victor Martinez, DH (S)
  • 5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (R)
  • 6. Justin Upton, LF (R)
  • 7. Steven Moya, RF (L)
  • 8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (S)
  • 9. Jose Iglesias, SS (R)
  • SP: Jordan Zimmermann, RHP
  • Daily Notes

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Wednesday's longest home runs

Miguel Cabrera cracks the list yet again, as his 451-foot blast on Wednesday was his fourth homer of at least 450 feet this season. Jake Lamb's 442-foot shot was his ninth home run in June.

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Another big day for Mark Trumbo as the Orioles again lay waste to the Padres. Trumbo ... Nelson Cruz ... Edwin Encarnacion ... Victor Martinez ... Carlos Beltran ... they're all putting up big numbers, but they can't all make the All-Star team. My guess is one makes it as the second DH to David Ortiz and the others get snubbed.

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Cabrera launches 451-foot shot (0:24)
Stats & Info

A monster mash for Miguel Cabrera

Cabrera's fourth-inning home run off Marlins reliever Dustin McGowan on Wednesday traveled 451 feet. That's his MLB-leading fourth homer to reach 450 feet this year, per ESPN's Home Run Tracker.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers sweep two-game series against the Marlins with Wednesday's 10-3 win. Home run power on display again, and a solid outing from young lefty Daniel Norris. Team now embarks on an 11-game road trip.

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Moya, Saltalamacchia go back-to-back for Tigers (0:48)

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Also a neat stat regarding Tigers' Miguel Cabrera's fourth-inning home run, which was calculated at 451 feet. That's his fourth homer of 450 feet or more. According to ESPN Stats and Info, no other player in the majors has more than two homers of more than 450 feet.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers go back-to-back with home runs from Steven Moya and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. That's the sixth time this season the Tigers have homered in consecutive at-bats. DET leads 8-2.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris has eight strikeouts through four innings. Quick, easy fourth. Tigers lead Marlins 5-2 after a four-run first inning.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs3847th
Batting Average.2715th
On Base Percentage.3318th
Slugging Percentage.4445th
Earned Run Average4.6024th
Quality Starts29Tied-27th
WHIP1.3820th
BAA.27326th

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