Rangers pound Tigers
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Mitch Moreland went 3-for-5 with three RBI to help guide the Texas Rangers to a 12-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the series finale of a four-game set at Comerica Park on Sunday.
Adrian Beltre also collected three hits and drove in two, Alex Rios added a pair of hits and three RBI, Michael Choice chipped in with a solo home run, while Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus each scored three times for the Rangers, who have won five of their last seven contests.
"To come into here and play a good team and play really well and put a lot of runs on the board, throw the ball like we did, I thought it was a big step forward for us," Moreland said.
Colby Lewis (4-3) spun 5 2/3 effective innings, yielding just two runs on five hits and five walks.
Justin Verlander (5-4), who was coming off his worst start of the season, had another dismal outing. He surrendered a season-high nine runs -- six earned -- on 11 hits with three walks over 5 1/3 innings to absorb the loss.
"Obviously it wasn't a good day, but turn the page," Verlander said.
Victor Martinez and Andrew Romine each recorded an RBI for Detroit, which has lost six of its last seven.
The Rangers took a 3-2 advantage going into the fifth before putting up five runs in the inning.
Choo walked and Andrus reached on a fielding error by shortstop Romine to put runners on the corners with no outs. Moreland and Beltre had back-to-back RBI singles and Rios drove in two with a triple to left-center field. Robinson Chirinos singled on a sharp liner to second with two outs to make it 8-2.
Texas added another run in the sixth when Moreland doubled in Andrus.
Three consecutive two-out, RBI singles in the seventh from Andrus, Moreland and Beltre increased Texas' cushion to 12-2.
Torii Hunter plated Ian Kinsler with a line drive to right field and Austin Jackson's RBI-force out at second made it 12-4 Rangers in the seventh.
Rios beat out a two-out slow roller to third to put the Rangers on the board in the first. Choo shattered his bat and lifted a single off Kinsler's glove to lead off. Moreland drew a one-out walk and Choo advanced to third on a Beltre fly out.
The Tigers evened the score in the home half of the inning with an RBI groundout from Martinez. Rajai Davis started the frame with a single, stole second, then advanced to third on a balk.
Choice smashed the first pitch of the second inning over the left-field fence to put the Rangers back up 2-1. Chirinos followed with a double and scored on Verlander's throwing error to first on a sac bunt.
With one out and runners on the corners in the second, Romine's liner to center scored Jackson, who singled to reach base.
Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera left the game in the seventh with a right hamstring cramp ... Lewis hasn't made it into the sixth inning in any of his seven starts this season ... Beltre extended his hit streak to seven games ... Texas went 10-for-18 with runners in scoring position, while Detroit finished 2-for-12 with RISP ... Kinsler went 1-for-5 with a single to extend his hitting streak to 11 games ... Texas outscored Detroit 35-15 in the series.
05/25 20:05:34 ET