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ST. C.J. Wilson Angels Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Sean Rodriguez ran hard on a routine grounder and it resulted in a Tampa Bay victory. Elliot Johnson had a game-ending fielders choice in the 10th inning and the Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Wednesday night. Rodriguez beat a throw to second on Johnsons bases-load grounder that allowed Ben Zobrist to score the winning run. "We win the game because a guy running at first, Sean, does the right thing," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "We win because of him and his effort. Sean gets a great lead at first, a great jump and makes the play. That doesnt happen every night." Evan Longoria opened the 10th with an infield single off Duane Below (0-2), but was forced out at second on Zobrists grounder. After Matt Joyce struck out, Casey Kotchman was hit by a pitch and pinch-hitter Rodriguez walked to load the bases. Johnson then hit a grounder to third baseman Brandon Inge, who threw to second, where second baseman Ramon Santiago was late getting to the bag and Rodriguez slide in safely. "It was fortunate ... Inge got rid of it real good, but Santiago didnt get there, I guess, early enough," Rodriguez said. "The ball beat me there, but he didnt." Inge, a defensive replacement in the 10th, also briefly bobbled Zobrists grounder, which might have cost the Tigers a double play. "Its not obvious I could have gotten him at third," Inge said. "I was playing way back to give myself a better angle. He hit the ball to my left, so its very cut and dried ... On a ball hit to your left, you go to second base all the time. Thats the right move. Thats the only play you have." Tigers manager Jim Leyland said the final play is just part of the game. "I thought there was an out at first or probably at third," Leyland said. "We didnt execute a couple of chances and it cost us. We couldnt come up with the big hit. We didnt do much offensively." Joel Peralta (3-4) pitched a perfect 10th. Longoria hit a solo homer for the Rays, who entered 0-5 against Detroit this season. Wade Davis allowed two runs and four hits in nine innings. Detroit got a solo shot from Alex Avila, who has six homers and 16 RBIs in 20 games this month. The Tigers had a five-game winning streak end. The Rays had two on and one out in the ninth, but Below got Johnny Damon to ground into a double play. Damon has hit into just three double plays in 479 at-bats this season. Damon gave the Rays a 2-1 lead on his 2,700th career hit, an RBI double off Max Scherzer in the fifth. The Tampa Bay designated hitter also doubled in the first and moved past Mark Grace (511) into 45th place all-time with 513 doubles. Avila pulled the Tigers even at 2 on his 16th homer this year during the seventh. He is 8 for 21, including four home runs, against Tampa Bay this season. Scherzer gave up two runs and four hits in five innings. The right-hander was pulled after throwing 97 pitches. Longoria tied it 1-1 with his 22nd homer of the season in the fourth. It was his 104th career homer, tying him for third place on Tampa Bays career list with Carl Crawford. Longoria has 61 RBIs over his last 64 games. Austin Jackson put the Tigers up 1-0 on a third-inning sacrifice fly. Davis struck out Miguel Cabrera with two runners on to the end the sixth. Cabrera flew out to deep centre leading off the ninth. Notes: Damon is the 64th player to reach 2,700 hits. ... Leyland said Tampa Bays rotation is the best in the AL. "I really believe that," Leyland said. "Pretty impressive." ... Cabrera will go on the paternity leave list and miss Thursdays game, but is expected to rejoin the team Friday. ... C Omir Santos will be called up from triple-A Toledo to replace Cabrera and likely will give Avila, who has started 18 straight games at catcher, a break. ... Tampa Bay CF B.J Upton (strained right shoulder) struck out as a pinch hitter for the second straight game. ... Rays bullpen coach Bobby Ramos (throat infection) is not with the team. ... Tigers RHP Doug Fister (5-3) will pitch against Tampa Bay RHP Jeremy Hellickson (11-8) in Thursdays series finale. David Freese Angels Jersey .S. Olympic mens hockey team in Sochi will linger. But now he has shifted his focus back to the Pittsburgh Penguins and looks to get his first-place team to make a deep run in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Reggie Jackson . Panthers general manager Dale Tallon confirmed the list of finalists to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger at the general manger meetings in New York on Wednesday.ALBANY, N.Y. -- Defenceman Ben Chiarot scored on a shot from the right point with 23.1 seconds remaining in regulation time, lifting the St. Johns IceCaps to a 2-1 victory over the Albany Devils on Friday in American Hockey League playoff action. The IceCaps, who lead the best-of-five series 1-0, got on the board 4:29 into the game with both teams down one skater. Jerome Samson, who played three AHL seasons in Albany, stole the puck behind the net and fed Eric ODell, who beat Devils ggoalie Keith Kinkaid between his pads. Mike Trout Angels Jersey. Joe Whitney tied the score for Albany on a power play at 2:13 of the second period. He received a pass from defenceman Jon Merrill and ripped a wrist shot from the slot area past the stick of IceCaps goaltender Michael Hutchinson. Hutchinson made 25 saves for St. Johns while Kinkaid turned away 30-of-32 shots for Albany. The series resumes Saturday night in Albany before moving to St. Johns for the final three games. ' ' '