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Rays rally in 9th to beat Verlander, Tigers 4-2

By Noah Trister

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, April 11 2012 2:05 p.m. MDT

Tampa Bay Rays starter James Shields pitches against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in Detroit.

Duane Burleson, Associated Press

DETROIT — Ben Zobrist hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the ninth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays scored four runs in their final at-bat to beat Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers 4-2 on Wednesday.

The Tigers (4-1) lost for the first time this season.

Verlander (0-1) took a one-hitter into the ninth and hadn't allowed a run all season, but he gave up one on a wild pitch. Evan Longoria then tied the game at 2 with a single to left on Verlander's 104th and final pitch.

Daniel Schlereth came on and allowed a walk to load the bases, and Zobrist singled up the middle off Jose Valverde.

James Shields (1-0) allowed six hits and two runs in eight innings. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his third save.

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