Detroit Tigers winning streak snapped in 8-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays:

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay: Rays left-hander Shane McClanahan controlled the: Detroit: Tigers from the onset of Tuesday’s game.

And the Rays’ offense supported its starter, tallying six runs against Tigers rookie Beau Brieske and eight total. Two runs would have taken care of business for the home team. The Tigers lost 8-2 in the second of three games in the series at Tropicana Field.

The Tigers (13-24) had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Tigers shortstop Javier Baez forces out Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi at second base in the fourth inning on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in St.  Petersburg, Florida.

Tigers shortstop Javier Baez forces out Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi at second base in the fourth inning on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Tampa Bay scored one run in the first inning, one in the second, one in the fourth and three in the fifth. The Tigers, meanwhile, scored their lone run in the fifth inning on Jeimer Candelario’s solo home run.

Candelario crushed a no-doubt homer off McClanahan’s first-pitch 93.6 mph four-seam fastball. It was the left-hander’s slowest fastball of the game; the pitch averaged 96.3 mph and maxed out at 97.8 mph.

But Candelario tagged the slower-than-usual fastball, which traveled 430 feet with a 108.3 mph exit velocity.

Across seven innings, McClanahan surrendered one run on four hits. He struck out seven batters without conceding a walk, throwing 63 of 90 pitches for strikes. The second-year pitcher primarily relied on his fastball, curveball and changeup, also mixing in a handful of sliders.

McClanahan logged 18 swings and misses, including seven with his fastball and six with his changeup.

The Rays replaced McClanahan with right-handed reliever Ralph Garza Jr. The pitching change sparked three straight singles: Spencer Torkelson (1-0 sinker), Daz Cameron (1-2 slider) and Robbie Grossman (1-2 changeup).

The Tigers had the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth inning.

They were held scoreless.

The fourth batter of the inning, Willi Castro, grounded into a force out. His 2-foot dribbler was collected by Rays catcher Mike Zunino, who stepped on home plate to get the first out of the inning.

Still, the bases were juiced.

But Javier Báez – hitting .211 in 28 games this season – grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario reacts after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning against the Rays on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in St.  Petersburg, Florida.

Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario reacts after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning against the Rays on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Beau Brieske’s slow starts continue:

Entering Tuesday, Brieske allowed leadoff hits in each of his first four starts.

The Rays extended the streak to five starts, as Yandy Diaz opened the first inning with a single to left field. He came around to score for the game’s first run when Ji-Man Choi grounded into a force out.

The open the second, Kevin Kiermaier hammered Brieske’s 0-2 changeup for a solo home run to right field. Brieske worked ahead against Kiermaier with three straight fastballs, all fouled.

Then, his first curveball of the game was smoked.

Brieske struck out back-to-back batters – Zunino and Brett Phillips – on six fastballs in a row to end the second, and he rolled through the third inning by sending the Rays down in order.

In the fourth, Brieske’s balk inadvertently plated Tampa Bay’s third run for a 3-0 advantage.

Brieske balked while trying to pick off Randy Arozarena at first base. Arozarena walked freely to second base, then sprinted to score on Kiermaier’s ensuing single to center field.

The Rays countered Candelario’s fifth-inning homer with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Brieske tossed consecutive fastballs to Brett Phillips, the leadoff hitter that inning. Phillips smacked the second pitch for a solo shot.

Tigers pitcher Beau Brieske throws a pitch during the first inning against the Rays on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in St.  Petersburg, Florida.

Tigers pitcher Beau Brieske throws a pitch during the first inning against the Rays on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Diaz followed with a single to keep the pressure on in the fifth.

Choi (single) and Arozarena (sacrifice fly) tacked on RBIs for the fifth and sixth runs against Brieske, who allowed six runs on nine hits and one walk with four strikeouts over 5⅓ innings. He threw 78 pitches, 59 for strikes.

Tigers manager AJ Hinch pulled Brieske with one out in the sixth inning, after the young righty allowed a one-out double to Mike Zunino and made a throwing error on Phillips’ bouncer near the pitcher’s mound.

For his 78 pitches, Brieske used 51 fastballs (65%), 18 changeups (23%), seven sliders (9%), one sinker (1%) and one curveball (1%). He had 11 swings and misses, getting 10 of them with his fastball.

He had one whiff with his changeup.

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