Tigers 8, Rays 1: Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez clubbed two-run homers and Torii Hunter added a solo blast in a five-run first inning to power host Detroit to its fourth straight victory.
Miguel Cabrera collected three hits and scored four times and J.D. Martinez matched Hunter with two hits and two RBIs as the Tigers snapped Tampa Bay's five-game winning streak with their 12th victory in 14 games. Max Scherzer (10-3) dominated after allowing a first-inning run, giving up two hits and striking out seven while retiring 23 of his last 24 batters.
Veteran left-hander Erik Bedard (4-6) lasted only two innings and was rocked for six runs on eight hits as the Rays lost for only the second time in nine games. Evan Longoria's sacrifice fly accounted for the only run for Tampa Bay, which fell to 6-2 on the 11-game road trip.
The Rays got off to a good start against reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Scherzer when Desmond Jennings doubled on the game's first pitch, moved to third on a flyout before coming across on Longoria's sac fly. Detroit answered in thunderous fashion against Bedard when Kinsler and Martinez each belted two-run shots before an out was recorded and Hunter also went deep for a 5-1 edge.
J.D. Martinez added a two-out run-scoring single in the second and Hunter, who had three RBI singles Wednesday, added another in the fourth to make it 7-1. Scherzer permitted a two-out single to James Loney before setting down the final 13 batters he faced.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Tigers DH Victor Martinez returned to the lineup after a three-game absence to contribute to Detroit's three-homer first inning, the first time the Tigers have hit three in the opening frame since June 18, 2006, against the Chicago Cubs. ... Bedard had surrendered five homers in 42 career innings to Detroit prior to the first-inning eruption. ... Cabrera registered his 100th three-hit game with the Tigers, tying for 10th place in franchise history, while Kinsler has hit safely in 12 of 13 games