American League Game Summary - Detroit at Texas|
(Wednesday, June 27th)
Final Score: Texas 13, Detroit 9
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - David Murphy had two homers among his four
hits and drove in five runs Wednesday night, leading the Texas Rangers to a
wild 13-9 win over the Detroit Tigers.
Texas was out-hit 17-16 -- Roy Oswalt gave up a career-high 13 in six innings
-- but captured its second in a row to win the three-game series.
Ian Kinsler added a two-run homer and Adrian Beltre had three hits for the
Rangers, who moved to 10-2 in their last 12 games to remain 4 1/2 ahead of the
Angels in the AL West.
Oswalt (2-0) still walked off with his second straight win for the Rangers
despite the shaky outing. The 34-year-old righty, who made his season debut
against the Rockies last Friday, allowed five runs while walking two and
striking out six.
"It was a good team win. The guys gave me some runs to work with and kept
adding on," said Oswalt.
Quintin Berry, Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta had three hits apiece for the
Tigers, but they lost for the fourth time in their last six games. Doug Fister
(1-5) gave up nine runs -- eight earned -- in just 4 1/3 innings to take the
loss. He allowed nine hits, a walk and struck out five.
The Rangers scored two runs in the eighth after Detroit had pulled within 11-9
in the top of the inning and Joe Nathan kept the Tigers off the board in the
Earlier, Beltre sparked a four-run Rangers rally in the second inning with a
leadoff single. He went to second on Michael Young's base hit and scored when
third baseman Miguel Cabrera threw wide of first on a Nelson Cruz grounder.
Murphy followed with his first homer of the game, a three-run blast to right
that made it 4-0.
The Tigers got a run back in the third after Ryan Raburn led off with a double
and scored on Cabrera's single up the middle, and they pulled within 4-2 on
three straight base hits by Avila, Peralta and Brennan Boesch in the fourth.
Murphy knocked a first-pitch fastball from Fister over the right-center field
wall with one down in the fourth for his second homer of the game and ninth of
the season. Mike Napoli followed with a single and Kinsler made it 7-2 with
his ninth homer, a two-out shot to center.
The Tigers, clawing back all game long, pulled within 7-5 on Berry's RBI
triple and Peralta's two-run double in the fifth. Fister came out with two on
and one down in the bottom of the fifth and Murphy greeted Duane Below with an
RBI single. Leonys Martin's two-run triple pushed Texas' lead to 10-5.
Young's single scored Elvis Andrus in the sixth to make it 11-5, but the
Tigers made a game of it again with a four-run eighth, starting the rally
against Martin Perez in his major league debut.
All four runs were charged to Perez, but only one was earned. Raburn scored
after a wild pitch and an Austin Jackson single, and Jackson came home later
when Kinsler and Perez were late on a hook-up at first on Prince Fielder's
Fielder tackled Perez on the play after the two collided near the bag, with
the hulking Tigers first baseman trying to hold the youngster up. Perez came
out and Delmon Young and Avila hit RBI singles off Mike Adams.
Kinsler reached second base on a pop-up off Octavio Dotel to start the bottom
of the eighth when Raburn inexplicably lost sight of the ball behind the
infield. He scored on Andrus' bunt single after Cabrera's bad throw to first
and Beltre added an RBI double for a 13-9 lead.
"The only frustrating thing about a game like this is that when you score that
many runs, you're supposed to win," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We
didn't help ourselves defensively, but our guys kept coming back."
The Rangers improved to 5-2 in the season series. They are 4-2 on a 10-game
homestand that concludes with four against the A's beginning Thursday...The
Tigers are 2-4 on a 10-game road trip that continues with four at Tampa Bay
06/28 01:38:12 ET