MLB: Detroit 5, Tampa Bay 1

Oct. 2, 2004 at 10:07 PM

DETROIT, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Marcus Thames hit two home runs and Gary Knotts pitched 7 2/3 innings Saturday to give the Detroit Tigers a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay, Devil Rays.

Craig Monroe also homered for the Tigers. Knotts (7-6) yielded one run, four hits and two walks.

Jorge Cantu doubled home the only run for the Devil Rays, who clinched fourth place with a victory in Friday's game to finish out of the AL East cellar for the first time since entering the league in 1998.

Tampa Bay needs a win on Sunday for its first 70-win season. Detroit needs a win to avoid 90 losses.

Thames became the 11th Detroit player with at least 10 home runs this season, a new major league record. The Tigers also reach the 200-homer mark for the seventh time in franchise history.

Tampa Bay starter Scott Kazmir (2-3) took the loss in six innings of work.

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