Sleepy bats, rough third inning cost Tigers in loss

St. Petersburg, Fla. – A five-run third inning and an assembly line of relievers sent the Detroit Tigers to their third straight loss Tuesday, 5-2, to the Tampa Bay Rays.Wilson Ramos hit a three-run homer, and five Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a five-hitter.The Rays (47-44) moved three games above .500 for the first time since Aug. 6 last year after posting their 13th win in the last 14 home games.Tampa Bay lost its bid for a third shutout in four games when the Tigers scored twice in the ninth. After blanking the Mets in New York on Saturday and Sunday, the Rays outslugged the Tigers 10-9 in 10 innings Monday night.Ramos, elected to start at catcher for the American League in next week’s All-Star Game, keyed a five-run third inning when he connected off Matthew Boyd (4-8) for his 14th homer. That tied John Flaherty (1999) for the most in a season by a Tampa Bay catcher.In the final year of his contract and expected to be dealt before the July 31 trade deadline, Ramos has five homers and 15 RBIs over his last 12 games.Ryne Stanek pitched two innings as the opener for the Rays on their latest bullpen day. He allowed a first-inning single to Niko Goodrum.Jose Alvarado (1-3) and Jaime Schultz followed Stanek, and both went two hitless innings.