Candelario and Garneau homer, Tigers beat Rays

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Detroit Tigers’ Jeimer Candelario celebrates with teammate Miguel Cabrera after hitting a three-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Audette)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (AP) — Jeimer Candelario and Dustin Garneau homered as the Detroit Tigers beat the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays 4-3.

Tampa Bay has a 7 ½ game lead over second place Boston. Toronto is 8 ½ games back, with the New York Yankees trailing by 10. Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier was placed on the COVID-19 related IL with general illness symptoms before the game, while shortstop Taylor Walls was scratched from the lineup due to general illness.

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