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Alex Avila

Verlander outduels Archer as Tigers edge Rays, 2-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Chris Archer pitched well. But Justin Verlander pitched better, the best the Detroit Tigers right-hander has in eight starts this year and bested Archer in one of the best pitching duels of the season in a 2-1 win vs. the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday afternoon at Tropicana Field. Archer carried a perfect game into the seventh inning but, after Jose Iglesias spoiled that with an infield single with one out, longtime nemesis Asdrubal Cabrera botched an inning-ending double play, leading to the game-tying and game-winning singles. "We definitely needed to win," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. First, J.D. Martinez singled to left field. Then, Castellanos singled...