Boesch leads Tigers to 7-2 win over Rays - WNEM TV 5

Boesch leads Tigers to 7-2 win over Rays

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DETROIT (AP) -

Brennan Boesch drove in four runs on his 27th birthday, leading the Detroit Tigers to their fifth win in six games to start the season, 7-2 over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.

Drew Smyly gave up a run in four-plus innings in his major league debut.

Despite having the American League's best record, Tigers starters have not earned a win.

Collin Balester (1-0) won this one with two innings of relief.

The Tigers trailed 1-0 until scoring three runs off Jeff Niemann (0-1) in the fifth.

Alex Avila walked and score on Andy Dirks' one-out triple.

Ryan Raburn struck out, but Austin Jackson walked and stole second before Boesch's two-run single.

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