Ross Detwiler allowed a three-run homer to Evan Longoria in the first inning Saturday, and Anthony Bass allowed another to Steven Sousa Jr. in the fifth as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Texas Rangers for a second straight night, 7-2.
Detwiler allowed five runs in four-plus innings, the final two coming on Sousa’s homer as the first batter after Detwiler was pulled. It was the second straight night that a Rangers reliever allowed a three-run homer to his first batter.
Pitching: Ross Detwiler has been worse, but needs to be better. The first two Rays hitters singled and walked, and the third, Evan Longoria, swatted a three-run homer. Detwiler didn’t allow another run until the fifth, which the Rays opened with a walk and a single. He was replaced by Anthony Bass, who allowed a three-run homer to the first batter he faced, Steven Sousa Jr. … Detwiler allowed five earned runs in four-plus innings.
Hitting: Prince Fielder, celebrating his 31st birthday, collected singled in two of his first three at-bats. The second single was a line drove off the top of the right-field wall. … Carlos Peguero hit a two-run homer in the fourth to bring the Rangers within a run at 3-2. He has four homers this season, all in the first six games of this road trip.
Notable: The game was delayed in the bottom of the fourth inning as the benches cleared after a dust-up at second base. Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera shoved Rangers second baseman Adam Rosales after diving into second base on a pickoff attempt. Cabrera appeared to jam his hand into the bag and Rosales knee, knocking Rosales into Cabrera. No one was ejected. Rosales is one of the nicest guys on the Rangers’ roster.
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760