Left-hander Robbie Ray, the Tigers' No. 1 prospect, returned from the disabled list to throw four scoreless innings Thursday and shortstop Hernan Perez, the club's No. 9 prospect, chipped in four hits and four runs to lead Triple-A Toledo to an 11-0 victory against Buffalo.
Ray, ranked No. 83 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, was making his first start since June 1, when a blister forced him to leave the game after four innings. He had no such problems Thursday night. He threw 78 pitches, struck out four batters and allowed four hits and two walks.
Perez went 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. He set a career high for runs, while delivering his fourth four-hit game of the season. He is hitting .280 with 10 stolen bases and 34 runs.
In nine games with the Mud Hens, Ray is 3-3 with a 2.21 ERA. He has struck out 33 batters and walked 12 in 40 2/3 innings. He also made four appearances for the Tigers, including a couple of turns in the rotation while Anibal Sanchez was injured earlier this season.
Between Toledo and Detroit, Ray is 4-4 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP in his first season in the Tigers organization. He was part of the package acquired from the Nationals in December in exchange for Doug Fister.
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