ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera's 10th inning at-bat against Tampa Bay closer Fernando Rodney overshadowed the Rays' comeback victory.
Yunel Escobar had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Rays rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Tigers on Saturday night.
But most of the attention after the game centered on Cabrera yelling at the Tampa Bay dugout after he struck out against Rodney. The Rays right-hander threw an in-tight and up pitch to back Cabrera off the plate during the at-bat.
"I don't know what he's saying," Rodney said. "I'm trying to do my job. You have to pitch inside sometimes. You have to pitch inside, outside, everywhere. You don't want to hit nobody because the game is on the line.
"That's what I got on my mind, try to move (him) a little bit because the guy is a dangerous hitter."
Cabrera declined to comment about the confrontation, but Tigers manager Jim Leyland talked about it in a strong way.
"I don't care about throwing inside, but I don't like it up there, and we will not tolerate that," Leyland said. "I'm not accusing anybody of anything but we won't tolerate that. If you're going to just rare back and throw it, you can't throw it there. That'll cause a lot of problems for people. That's not a good idea. That's not acceptable.
"We lost a tough game. They earned the win, they got the win, and OK, more power to them, but throwing in that area is not acceptable, and somebody pays the price for that throughout baseball. That's just the way baseball is. That's not free. There's no free lunch. That won't be tolerated. You can take that to the bank"
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said he had no idea why Cabrera was upset.
"You'd have to ask him why," Maddon said. "I was kind of surprised, actually."
Rodney (3-2) threw two scoreless innings for the win
Cabrera went 1 for 4 with a walk, but his major league-leading batting average dropped two points to .375. He has a 14-game hitting streak.
James Loney had a one-out single in the 10th off Bruce Rondon (0-1). Pinch-runner Sam Fuld went to second on Wil Myers' single, and after Luke Scott struck out, both runners advanced on a wild pitch.