Tigers 6, Rangers 5, 10 innings
DETROIT (AP)—Alan Trammell is ready for a blowout.
“I remember when we used to score runs early in games,” Trammell said with a smile. “I like that better, but I’ll take this. Our last three wins have been nail-biters, but we’ve got them in the right column.”
After coming from behind to beat Baltimore on Sunday, the Tigers snapped Texas’ nine-game winning streak Wednesday night by scoring five runs in the seventh.
“It’s easy to win a game when you blow a team out,” Brandon Inge said. “But when you win games like this, it really gives you a boost of confidence. I don’t know why it is happening, but I don’t care, as long as they end like this.”
The Rangers took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but Detroit rallied against All-Star closer Francisco Cordero with a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Carlos Guillen and a two-out RBI single by Omar Infante. It was Cordero’s third blown save in 19 chances.
“I’ve got to do my job,” said Cordero, who began his career with the Tigers. “I’ve got to make my pitches, and today I paid for it.”
With one out in the 10th, Rodriguez doubled off Nick Regilio (1-2), and Monroe followed with a line single to right. Andres Torres’ throw to the plate appeared to beat Rodriguez, but it skipped over catcher Rod Barajas’ shoulder.
“We’ve got to win those games,” Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira said. “But give them credit—they fought back and they deserved to win them in the end.”
Ugueth Urbina (1-3) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win. Alfonso Soriano led off with a double, but pinch-hitter Hank Blalock hit a liner up the middle that rookie shortstop Tony Giarratano caught and flipped to Infante at second for an inning-ending double play.
“This was only Tony’s second game, but he looks like he belongs here,” said Trammell, probably the best shortstop in Tigers history. “He knew where to play Blalock—you tell him something once and he’s like a sponge.”
Texas scored twice in the first. Torres led off with a double, went to third on Michael Young’s single and scored on Teixeira’s single. Kevin Mench hit a potential double-play grounder, but Infante’s throwing error allowed Young to score from second.
White’s fifth homer made it 2-1 in the second and extended his career-best hitting streak to 18 games. Detroit then went ahead with a pair of runs in the third.
Nook Logan led off with a disputed infield single. He hit a grounder between the mound and first, and Teixeira collided with Chris Young. Logan avoided Teixeira’s lunging tag, but replays showed he also missed first base.
Rangers manager Buck Showalter and Teixeira argued, to no avail.
“First of all, he didn’t touch the bag, and second of all, he was out of the baseline,” Showalter said. “Take your choice which way he was out.”
Texas put runners in scoring position in the third, fifth and sixth. Robertson escaped each time, but the Rangers rallied with three runs in the seventh.
Sandy Alomar led off with a grounder between first and second that Chris Shelton fielded cleanly but threw away for a single and an error.
Alomar moved up on DeRosa’s single and scored on Torres’ sacrifice fly. After Michael Young’s single off Franklyn German, Teixeira’s grounder hit first base and bounced over Shelton for a go-ahead single. Mench made it 5-3 with the second sacrifice fly of the inning.
Shelton made his third start at first base in his 30th career game. His other appearances have all been as a DH or pinch-hitter. … Chris Young struck out seven Yankees on April 22. … Guillen (knee) missed his fourth straight start and sixth in the last seven games.