Final in 12

Series: Game 3 of 4

Detroit leads 2-1 (as of 6/14)

Game 1: Monday, June 12
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Game 2: Tuesday, June 13
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Game 3: Wednesday, June 14
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Game 4: Thursday, June 15
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Devil Rays 5

(27-39, 13-24 away)

Tigers 1

(42-24, 19-14 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 14, 2006

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    W: B. Meadows (2-1)

    L: T. Jones (1-5)

    Cantu's three-run double in 12th lifts Rays over Tigers

    DETROIT (AP) -- Jorge Cantu took advantage of his second opportunity to help the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

    Cantu hit a three-run double in the 12th inning to lead Tampa Bay over the Detroit Tigers 5-1 Wednesday night.

    Toby Hall and Travis Lee both singled off Todd Jones (1-5) with no outs in the 12th. Jones got Julio Lugo to bunt into a force at third and Carl Crawford to pop out but then hit Rocco Baldelli to load the bases.

    Cantu, who flied out with the bases loaded to end the 10th, followed Baldelli with a bases-clearing liner into right-center field. Damon Hollins added an RBI double to give Tampa Bay a four-run lead.

    "The second time was the charm," Cantu said. "I missed the opportunity the first time, but I finally got a good piece of one."

    Mark Hendrickson took a one-hitter into the ninth before Detroit rallied to send it to extra innings. Ivan Rodriguez reached on an infield single and took second on third baseman Tomas Perez's one-out error. Hendrickson struck out Craig Monroe, but Marcus Thames singled into left-center to tie it.

    "Mark wanted to finish things off, and I'm good with that," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "He wanted to go out there again for the next inning, and he could have, but I said no."

    Tampa Bay blew a two-run lead in the ninth in Monday's series opener and eventually lost 4-3 in 13 innings.

    Hendrickson allowed three hits and three walks in nine innings, and struck out seven to tie a career high.

    "I was in the moment the entire time," the former NBA journeyman said. "Even in the ninth, when I gave up the hit and the run, it didn't faze me."

    Tampa Bay left the bases loaded in a bizarre 10th inning that saw two Devil Rays reach base after striking out, one on a passed ball and one on a wild pitch.

    "That was a great win," Maddon said. "That one showed grit on our part. We finally finished one off against a good ballclub."

    Jones is 1-4 in his last seven outings with a 15.58 ERA and has blown two of his last three save opportunities.

    "It's frustrating -- you always have tough times, but it seems like this is four or five of them all at once," he said. "Tonight, I made good pitches and then hung one to Cantu. That's why this is the major leagues. Guys hit those pitches."

    Brian Meadows (2-1) threw two scoreless innings to get the win for Tampa Bay, which snapped Detroit's four-game winning streak.

    Jeremy Bonderman struck out a season-high 12 in eight innings for Detroit, giving up one run and six hits with a walk. Tampa Bay struck out 17 times total in the game, tying a team record.

    "Bonderman was fantastic," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Both starters had great pitching performances. The offenses just didn't do much for either of them."

    The Devil Rays grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fifth. Jonny Gomes led off with a walk, moved to second on Lee's two-out single and scored on Lugo's base hit into right-center field.

    Game notes


    The Devil Rays placed closer Tyler Walker on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and called up reliever Tim Corcoran from Triple-A Durham. Corcoran pitched a scoreless 12th inning. ... After the game, the Tigers designated reliever Bobby Seay for assignment and called up pitcher Wil Ledezma from Triple-A Toledo. ... Bonderman got the 500th strikeout of his career against Ty Wigginton in the seventh inning. He is just the third Tigers pitcher -- Denny McLain and Hal Newhouser -- to get 500 before his 24th birthday. ... Crawford went from first to third on a groundout in the eighth. He was running on the pitch, and kept going as Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge had to charge a slow grounder to retire Baldelli.

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