Easley tripled to right field to bring home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
handed the Tigers their sixth straight defeat, 8-6.
Easley signed with the
in early April after he was released by the Tigers even though two years and $14.3 million remained on his contract.
"There's a little satisfaction there," Easley said. "But that's what I say, I'm coming here to try to compete against my friends and try to beat them. I said that coming in and it really hasn't changed. I'm glad to just get an opportunity to do something."
hit a pair of two-run homers for the
, who came back after squandering a 5-1 lead.
"The last week or so, I've changed something in my swing that's felt pretty comfortable for me," said Huff whose only other multi-homer game came last season against Boston. "I'm just getting some separation from my hands and my stride."
Huff started the 10th inning rally with a walk and pinch runner
was sacrificed by
. Easley pinch hit for
and lofted a triple off Wilfredo Ledezma (0-2) to bring home the go-ahead run.
"When I first hit it, I hit it on the barrel but it was a little up," Easley said. "When I first hit it, I thought it was going to be caught but it just kept going and going and going."
later added an insurance run with an RBI single.
The Tigers fell to 3-25, by far the worst record in baseball, despite tying a season high for runs and setting a season high with 12 hits.
"This was an opportunity. It might have been our first one all year where we came back, tied it up, and had momentum," Tigers manager
said. "It's very frustrating that we couldn't finish it off."
"We had some fight in us today," Higginson said. "I think there's a lot of games where we would have just rolled over when we got behind but today we came back, we got some hits, people were up off the bench cheering. We haven't had a lot of that."
(2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
were managed by bench coach John McLaren as
served a one-game suspension for his role in a beanball incident earlier this week in Minnesota.
"Last time I filled in for him he went back to Tampa, he had a death in his family," McLaren said. "We had a streak going at the time and all I was thinking was, 'don't let the streak stop now. Just keep it going, keep it going.'"
Brazelton, the third overall pick in the 2001 draft, made his first start of the season, allowing three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
allowed five runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings, including three runs in the third.