Tigers 6, Rays 3

DETROIT (AP) – Victor Martinez hit a two-run double and Jhonny Peralta had a two-run single in the eighth inning, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

Charlie Furbush (1-0) pitched 3 2-3 scoreless innings of relief in his major league debut after Detroit starter Phil Coke was injured.

Former Rays reliever Joaquin Benoit worked a scoreless eighth. Jose Valverde gave up two runs in the ninth but avoided a total collapse by getting former Tiger Johnny Damon to line out to first baseman Miguel Cabrera with two on.

Jeremy Hellickson (5-3) allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings. He had a shot to be the first Tampa Bay rookie to win five straight starts, but his light-hitting teammates weren’t much help.

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