ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Magglio Ordonez drove in three runs, and Dmitri Young hit a two-run homer to lead the Detroit Tigers past the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 9-4 on Sunday.

Ordonez had a two-run double during a three-run seventh that put Detroit ahead 9-4. He has 11 RBIs in nine games since his return from a hernia on July 1.

Young keyed a four-run third with his second homer in two days and 15th overall. Rondell White had a pair of run-scoring singles.

Mike Maroth (7-9) allowed four runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings. The Tigers have won five of six, reaching the All-Star break at 42-44.

Jorge Cantu hit a two-run homer for the Devil Rays, who have lost 14 of 16. Tampa Bay, at 28-61, has its second worst record at the All-Star break in eight years of existence. The Devil Rays were 27-61 at the 2001 break.

The Tigers went ahead 6-3 in the third. Chris Shelton had a run-scoring double, and White hit an RBI single before Young’s two-run shot.

Tampa Bay starter Mark Hendrickson (3-6) departed after Young’s homer. He allowed six runs and eight hits in 2 2-3 innings.

After Julio Lugo hit an RBI double, Cantu snapped an 0-for-11 slide with his two-run homer as the Devil Rays took a 3-1 lead in the first. Cantu has eight homers and 25 RBIs over his last 23 games.

Detroit opened the scoring in the first on Ordonez’s RBI grounder. Craig Monroe’s sacrifice fly one inning later got the Tigers within 3-2.

Nick Green ended Maroth’s day with his sixth-inning RBI single that made it 6-4.

Notes: Tigers All-Star C Ivan Rodriguez started for the second straight day after missing a pair of games with a jammed left pinkie finger. He will represent Puerto Rico in Monday’s All-Star home run derby. “I’m going to do my best,” Rodriguez said. “I’m not a home run hitter. I just want everybody to know that.” … Hendrickson was hit in the lower leg by Chris Shelton’s grounder in the first, but remained in the game. … Tigers 2B Placido Polanco strained his left hamstring tendon running out a grounder in the fourth and left the game. He is day to day. … Tampa Bay was looking to win consecutive games for first time since June 22-23 at the New York Yankees.

AP-ES-07-10-05 1655EDT


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