DETROIT (AP) Ian Kinsler homered and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers held on for a 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
Justin Verlander (2-1) allowed three unearned runs in five innings, and the Tigers trailed 3-1 before Kinsler’s three-run homer in the fifth off Danny Salazar (0-2).
Detroit never gave up the lead after scoring four runs in the fifth, although Cleveland’s Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 6-5. Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.
RANGERS 8, MARINERS 6
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered again, doubling twice and scoring two runs as Texas won its third straight after losing the series opener. Kouzmanoff is hitting .414 since being promoted from Triple-A on April 9 after starting third baseman Adrian Beltre strained his left quadriceps.
Shin-Soo Choo homered for Texas and J.P. Arencibia had a pair of RBI groundouts. Robinson Cano hit his first homer for the Mariners, going back-to-back with Corey Hart. Cano is in a 3-for-18 slump.
Pedro Figueroa (2-1) earned his second victory in less than 24 hours. Joe Beimel (0-1) was the loser.
TWINS 7, BLUE JAYS 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Unfazed by the subfreezing temperature at first pitch, Kyle Gibson (3-0) allowed four singles in a career-high eight scoreless innings in a day-night doubleheader opener.
At 31 degrees, took the mound for the coldest start for an outdoor game in Twins histor.
Josmil Pinto highlighted a five-run fifth inning against R.A. Dickey (1-3) with a two-run double, missing a grand slam by a few inches. Trevor Plouffe also had two RBIs.