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Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander throws during against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Justin Verlander allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings, and the Detroit Tigers won their fifth consecutive game by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Saturday.

Verlander (8-6) struck out eight and walk one as he improved to 5-2 in eight starts at Tropicana Field. The right-hander was coming off a start Sunday in which he gave up eight runs in 4 2-3 innings of a 9-3 loss to Cleveland.

The Tigers look to complete a four-game sweep Sunday against the reeling Rays, who lost for the 15th time in 17 games.

Tampa Bay rookie Blake Snell (1-3) gave up three runs, four hits, four walks and had four strikeouts over 5 1-3 innings in his fifth start.

Justin Wilson pitched the eighth before Francisco Rodriguez got the final three out to get his 23rd save.

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