Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta each had two-run hits to lead Detroit past Tampa Bay, 6-3, and take the first edition of a three-game set.
Charlie Furbush (1-0) earned a win in his major-league debut when he worked 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for Phil Coke, who left the game in the fourth because of an ankle injury. Furbush allowed two hits and a walk while fanning three in the Tigers' second consecutive win after a five-game losing streak.
Jeremy Hellickson (5-3) took the loss in 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out four as the Rays lost for the seventh time in 10 games.
B.J. Upton walked to lead off the away fourth and stole second before moving to third on a single by Johnny Damon. Evan Longoria followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to bring home Upton. Ben Zobrist then reached on a bunt single to put men on first and second. On the play, Coke went to field the ball but twisted his right ankle at the bottom of the mound and had to leave the game because of the injury.
Furbush entered the game and walked Sean Rodriguez to load the bases. He then struck out Felipe Lopez and Kelly Shoppach to end the inning and keep it a 1-0 game.
Andy Dirks tied the game in the fifth when he led off the inning with his first career home run.
Detroit took the lead in the sixth on a Miguel Cabrera single that scored Brennan Boesch. Boesch hit a two-out double before Cabrera slapped a ball to right field that brought him home.
The Tigers added some insurance runs in the eighth inning after bringing nine batters to the plate. J.P. Howell was on the bump to start the inning and allowed a Brandon Inge walk to lead off the inning and a Scott Sizemore single two batters later.
Juan Cruz entered in relief of Howell after a Boesch strikeout and walked Cabrera to load the bases with two down. Martinez then ripped a double down the right-field line to plate Inge and Sizemore. Dirks was intentionally walked to load the bases a second time and Peralta followed with a single that brought in Cabrera and Martinez.
Jose Valverde started the ninth for Detroit and allowed a Sam Fuld two-run single with two outs to make the score 6-3. Upton worked a walk to bring the tying run to the plate, but Damon lined out to first to end the game.
Tampa Bay shortstop Elliot Johnson left the game in the sixth inning with left knee soreness that he sustained while getting caught stealing third base in the fifth...The Tigers have collected at least one extra-base hit in all 47 games this season...Coke allowed one run on two hits and a walk before leaving because of his injury after 3 1/3 innings.