Roberson alum Cameron Maybin was front and center Thursday night, helping the Detroit Tigers score eight runs in the ninth inning of their latest major league win.
Maybin is a 2005 Rams graduate and outfielder who is batting .359 with 20 RBIs, five doubles, a triple and a home run. He has been in Major League Baseball since 2007 which had been Maybin’s last season with the Detroit prior to this one.
More from the Associated Press:
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Detroit Tigers began an 11-game road trip with a ninth-inning rally to remember.
Cameron Maybin capped a dramatic eight-run ninth with a tiebreaking three-run double, and the Tigers overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-7 on Thursday night.
Detroit trailed 7-2 entering the ninth and opened the inning with four consecutive hits off Ryan Garton, including Victor Martinez’s RBI single.
Erasmo Ramirez (7-7) replaced Garton and allowed Justin Upton’s run-scoring single, Steven Moya’s sacrifice fly and an RBI single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia that made it 7-6.
Maybin’s drive to left-center cleared the bases to put Detroit up 10-7.
“I was just hoping the snowball would keep rolling down the hill,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “The energy is kind of building as you sense there is a chance you can win the game. It just keeps building until you get that go-ahead run.”
“That was one contagious inning for them,” Rays manager Kevin Cash added.
Garton entered after reliever Matt Andriese went three scoreless innings. Cash said he didn’t really consider having Andriese return for the ninth.
“You have a five-run lead,” Cash said. “We have pitchers capable of going out and getting the job done.”
Winner Anibal Sanchez (5-8) gave up two runs in two innings. Francisco Rodriguez got the final three outs for his 22nd save.
Maybin was 3 for 4 with four RBIs.