ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brett Phillips hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays came back from a three-run deficit in the ninth to beat the Detroit Tigers 7-4 on Friday night.
The Rays maintained their 8 1/2-game lead in the AL East over Boston. The New York Yankees are nine back.
Taylor Walls drew a leadoff walk in the 10th from Bryan Garcia (2-2) before Phillips sent a 3-1 pitch into the right-field seats.
Gregory Soto, the fifth Detroit reliever, got his pitching hand on Manuel Margot’s head-high line drive in the ninth that went for a leadoff infield single. He stayed in the game with the Tigers ahead 4-1 and walked Francisco Mejía before Brandon Lowe singled to load the bases.