American League Game Summary - Texas at Detroit, Game Two|
(Saturday, April 21st)
Final Score: Detroit 3, Texas 2
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Justin Verlander tossed six solid frames, while
Ramon Santiago slapped a game-deciding two-run single as the Detroit Tigers
snapped the Texas Rangers' eight-game winning streak with a 3-2 triumph in the
nightcap of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Texas downed Detroit 10-4 in the twinbill opener.
"You just don't go out there and snatch two games from a Major League team,
that's why I don't like playing doubleheaders, they're tough," Texas manager
Ron Washington said.
Verlander (2-1) fanned eight and allowed one run -- none earned -- on four
hits and three walks in six innings for the Tigers, who dropped the first two
of this four-game set.
"I'm obviously not satisfied with just throwing six, but when there's a couple
of guys you throw 30 pitches to, it's difficult to go more than six,"
Verlander said of his outing.
With the tying run at second base in the top of the ninth, Jose Valverde
struck out Josh Hamilton to pick up the nail-biting save, his fourth of the
David Murphy drove in both runs for Texas, which was 1-for-8 with runners in
scoring position and left 10 men on base. Michael Young had a pair of hits and
scored both runs.
Neftali Feliz (1-1) gave up three runs on three hits and four walks in a
complete game. He struck out six in going the distance for the first time in
Feliz, who cruised through the first three frames while not allowing a base
runner, struggled mightily with his control in the home fourth. In the 42-
pitch inning, the fireballer allowed three runs on two hits, three walks and a
Prince Fielder worked a two-out walk and Delmon Young followed with a base hit
to left field, plating Brennan Boesch who was hit by a pitch. Alex Avila
walked to load the bases, and Santiago smacked a two-run single to
center field, which brought home Young and Fielder to give Detroit a 3-1 lead.
Murphy, who drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the away fourth, reached
out and poked a bloop single to left field, scoring Michael Young to
shave the deficit to 3-2 after eight.
Mitch Moreland walked to lead off the visitor's ninth, and after Mike Napoli
struck out looking, Ian Kinsler walked to put the game-tying run at second.
But Elvis Andrus lined out to left and Hamilton struck out swinging to end the
The Tigers were 2-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left five men on
base...Craig Gentry stole his second base of the season for Texas...Detroit
registered just three hits.
04/22 00:41:49 ET