ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – Kevin Keirmaier blamed himself for Tuesday night’s 11-inning loss to the Detroit Tigers, but Joe Maddon wouldn’t let him.
The Tampa Bay Rays’ rookie right fielder took a chance in the 11th, diving for Ian Kinsler’s leadoff hit, which got by him for a triple. It opened a three-run inning that enabled the Tigers to win, 8-6.
“I wouldn’t have dove if I wasn’t 100 percent. I’m still trying to figure out how I missed it,” Kieremaier said. “Once a runner’s on third with no outs, the odds are in their favor. I put that loss on my shoulders because we need a win, and for me to not come up with that ball is really tough.”
It was the only hit in the inning for the Tigers, who drew three walks off Grant Balfour and another walk and wild pitch from Jeff Beliveau.
While acknowledging Kiermaier’s misplay put him in a tough spot, Balfour (1-5) took some of the blame himself.
“My approach should have been just be more aggressive and concede one run,” he said. “We came back and scored a run anyway so we would have tied it up. But I was trying to do too much not wanting to give up that run after that play.”
Torii Hunter walked and Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked before Victor Martinez got his free pass with the bases loaded. Hunter scored on Beliveau’s wild pitch and Bryan Holaday added a sacrifice fly that gave Detroit an 8-5 lead.
Jim Johnson (5-2) worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the 10th. Joe Nathan gave up Evan Longoria’s RBI single in the 11th before getting his 26th save.
Maddon found no fault with Kiermaier’s attempt.
“You don’t want to dive and have it land in front of you, but he dove and could have caught it,” the Rays manager said. “That’s what makes a difference.”
James Loney homered for the Rays, who had a club-record stretch of 13 consecutive games holding opponents to four runs or less end. The Rays have lost three straight for the first time since June 8-10.
Detroit starter Max Scherzer came up short in his bid to become the AL’s first 15-game winner when Joba Chamberlain gave up an eighth-inning sacrifice fly to Vince Belnome that tied it at 5.
Astros 7, Yankees 4
In New York, Chris Carter snapped a ninth-inning tie with a colossal three-run homer, extending his second-half power surge.
Marwin Gonzalez knocked in two runs with a pinch-hit single, and the fourth-place Astros (53-73) won for the third time in four meetings with the Yankees this season.
Ichiro Suzuki finished 1-for-4 for New York.
Angels 4, Red Sox 3
In Boston, Chris Iannetta hit his second double of the game, a tiebreaking drive in the ninth inning off closer Koji Uehara.
Brennan Boesch had a ground-rule double with two outs off Uehara (5-3) for the Angels’ first hit since the fourth. Iannetta then lined a double off the left-field wall.
Orioles 5, White Sox 1
In Chicago, Chris Tillman threw eight strong innings, and AL East-leading Baltimore won its third in a row.
Indians 7, Twins 5
In Minneapolis, Yan Gomes had three hits including a home run, rookie pinch hitter Tyler Holt hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth inning.
Athletics 6, Mets 2
In Oakland, Coco Crisp hit a tiebreaking three-run triple in the fourth inning to help Scott Kazmir earn his career-best 14th win.