ARLINGTON, Texas -- A career-high five hits by Elvis Andrus and a strong start from Justin Grimm moved the Texas Rangers over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night by a score of 7-2.
Andrus had three hits and two runs through the first three innings, added a double in the sixth before a single to right in the eighth, notched two RBI, and accounted for three runs. Andrus was a home run short of his first career cycle. For Grimm, the only blemish on his scorecard was a two-run third by the Tigers.
Grimm, having lost his previous three starts, moved to 3-3 after allowing two earned runs to the Tigers. Grimm allowed seven hits, three coming in the third, and struck out two with a walk in 6 2/3 innings.
Texas put up six runs in the first three innings after scoring just one in the previous night's 2-1 loss to the Tigers. A large part of the early success for the Rangers came from the lead-off hitters. Texas had lead-off hits in the first three innings, and finished with five overall.
Andrus opened the first with a single to left field and advanced to third after a bad throw on a steal attempt allowed the Rangers second baseman to take an extra base. He would score with one out on a passed ball.
Leonys Martin opened up the next inning with a hit to right and scored on a triple by Andrus that glanced off the glove of Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter and rolled to the wall. Andrus crossed the plate on the next at-bat when David Murphy grounded to pitcher Anibal Sanchez, whose throw to first sailed over the head of Prince Fielder, allowing Murphy to reach third.
Lance Berkman scored Murphy on the next pitch with a single to right.
Texas continued to score in the third when Mitch Moreland sent the second pitch of the inning deep to left, sailing over the left-field wall for a home run. Andrus accounted for his second RBI of the game by plating Robinson Chirinos after Chirinos singled following the homer.
Following the departure of Grimm in the seventh, Michael Kirkman, Tanner Scheppers and Joe Nathan combined to retire the final 10 Detroit batters.
Detroit's lone offense of the night came in the top of the third inning after Avisail Garcia opened with a lead-off hit. Hunter's one-out double down the right-field line brought home Garcia. Fielder found a hole in the Rangers' shift by sneaking a grounder through the left-side of the infield to bring home Hunter.
Tigers starter Sanchez lasted just 2 2/3 innings. He gave up nine hits, five earned runs and two walks on the way to falling to 4-4.
NOTES: The Tigers and Rangers conclude a four-game series on Sunday when Doug Fister (5-1) faces Derek Hollan (3-2). Fister is 2-4 all-time against Texas, while Holland has not picked up a decision in two career starts. ... Texas 2B Ian Kinsler was held out of the lineup for the second consecutive game with soreness to his ribs. Kinsler was injured on Thursday night when a slide into third went awry. Kinsler is listed as day-to-day. ... Sanchez, the Tigers' Saturday night starter, gave up more than three runs for the first time this season. ... Andrus' five-hit game broke the previous team season high for the Rangers previously held by Adrian Beltre with two four-hit games.