Alex Avila's second homer of the game gave the Detroit Tigers the lead in the eighth inning and they held on for a 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
Avila hit a go-ahead, two-run shot off Cesar Ramos.
He had a solo drive in the sixth off starter Wade Davis.
Al Alburquerque (1-1) earned his first major league victory in his 14th appearance after getting two key outs in the eighth.
He inherited a bases-loaded, one-out jam and got out of it by striking out Sean Rodriguez and getting Sam Fuld to ground into a fielder's choice.
Joaquin Benoit pitched the ninth for his first save, filling in for Jose Valverde because the Detroit closer threw 27 pitches Monday night.
Ramos (0-1) gave up hits to both batters he faced.