Rays win 6-1 – CBS Detroit

Isaac Paredes homered twice off his former teammates to double his major league career total, helping the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 6-1 Wednesday on an afternoon Eduardo Rodriguez left in the first inning and he headed to the disabled list.

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – MAY 18: Eduardo Rodriguez #57 of the Detroit Tigers walks out of the game with coach Doug Teter during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on May 18, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

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Rodriguez (1-3) lasted just one out and averaged 91.9 mph for his fastball, 2.4 mph below his season average. He left the mound with Tigers head athletic trainer Doug Teter.

“His left side is annoying,” manager AJ Hinch said. “He got worse during his warm-up. He tried to get out and you could tell he was out. He’ll be out for a while. Probably IL.”

Rodríguez allowed three runs on four hits and two walks, throwing just 11 of 23 pitches for strikes. After signing a five-year, $77 million deal, he has a 4.38 ERA.

Among the Tigers’ rotation at the start of the season, Casey Mize, Matt Manning and Tyler Alexander have already spent time on the disabled list.

“No one is going to feel sorry for us,” Hinch said. “We have to play better. We have to hit better. We have to play with more rhythm. We have to get into the strike zone. I could go on for a while. We have a lot more to do than build the rotation.”

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – MAY 18: Drew Rasmussen #57 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws a pitch to the Detroit Tigers in the second inning at Tropicana Field on May 18, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Drew Rasmussen (4-1) allowed four hits in five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and no walks, improving to 4-0 with a 1.01 ERA in his last five starts. Matt Wisler, Colin Poche and JP Feyereisen finished, and Feyereisen struck out two in the ninth during his 15th straight scoreless appearance.

Paredes, traded by the Tigers for Austin Meadows on April 5, hit solo homers in the third off Rony Garcia and in the eighth off Wily Peralta.

“After the first one, I heard the guys in the bullpen say some things,” Paredes said through a translator. “But after the second, I don’t think they wanted to say anything.”

Paredes hit a home run each in 2020 and 2021 for the Tigers.

“Like I said before, I want to beat them. I want to play against them,” she said. “But I’m just giving 100% of the ability that I have, and I’m very lucky to be here and get the opportunity to play against them.”

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Yandy Diaz had three of 11 hits for the Rays, who won for the fifth time in seven games.

Spencer Torkelson homered in the seventh off Wisler and has a team-high four homers for the Tigers, who have hit a major league-low 20 homers in 38 games.

Tampa Bay’s first five batters reached. Diaz, Wander Franco and Harold Ramirez loaded the bases with singles, Randy Arozarena walked on four pitches and Francisco Mejía hit a two-run single for a 3-0 lead. After another walk, Rodríguez was replaced by García.

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – MAY 18: Isaac Paredes #17 of the Tampa Bay Rays follows the ball after hitting an eighth inning home run against the Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field on May 18, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

The three-run inning made it easy for Rasmussen.

“It really allowed me to settle down and just work in the strike zone,” he said. “My goal today was to get back to my pitch count after the first (inning). Because we scored so much so early, it was easier to do that.”

COACHES ROOM

tigers: LD Jose Cisnero, on the 60-day DL all season with a right shoulder strain, is scheduled for a bullpen session this week.

Ray: RHP Phoenix Sanders (lower back spasms) was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Durham.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

tigers: LHP Tarik Skubal (3-2, 2.50) will try to win his third straight start in Friday’s opener of a three-game series in Cleveland.

Ray: LHP Ryan Yarbrough (0-0, 4.91) will make his fourth start of the season on Friday night in Baltimore.

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