Rangers 7, Tigers 2

Anibal Sanchez was knocked out of the game early Saturday night,

the second time in three games a Tigers starter hasn’t made it out

of the third against the Rangers.

Elvis Andrus had a career-high five hits, Mitch Moreland homered

and Texas roughed up Sanchez in the Rangers’ 7-2 victory over the

Tigers.

Sanchez (4-4) gave up a season-high six runs in 2 2-3 innings,

his shortest start in almost two years. The right-hander yielded

nine hits, walked two and struck out two as his ERA jumped from

2.05 to 2.77.

Andrus ended Sanchez’s night after 74 pitches with an RBI single

that gave Texas a 6-2 lead.

Tigers ace Justin Verlander gave up eight runs in 2 2-3 innings

in Detroit’s 10-4 loss to the Rangers on Thursday night.

”Sometimes you just don’t have it and you’re trying to do the

best you could,” Detroit catcher Alex Avila said. ”When guys have

been as consistent as (Sanchez) has or like Justin has, everybody

gets really worried. But I’m pretty confident he’ll have a pretty

good start his next time around.”

Detroit has lost seven of 11 games and dropped a game behind the

Cleveland Indians in the AL Central.

Torii Hunter snapped an 0-for-15 slide with an RBI double and he

scored two batters later on Prince Fielder’s single, bringing the

Tigers within 4-2 in the third.

Sanchez was gone soon after that.

Moreland led off the bottom of the third with his 10th homer and

Andrus’ run-scoring hit made it 6-2 and forced Sanchez out of the

game.

Sanchez threw 32 pitches in each of the first two innings. This

was his shortest start since going 1 2-3 innings Aug. 10, 2011 as a

member of the Marlins.

”It’s a bad outing,” Sanchez said. ”I don’t have an excuse.

We have to give credit to the team, they swung well.”

Andrus scored three runs, had two RBIs and stole a pair of bases

as he hit leadoff for the second straight game in place of ailing

second baseman Ian Kinsler. Andrus was a home run shy of the cycle

and finished off his 5-for-5 game with a single to right in the

eighth.

The Texas shortstop admitted that he was swinging for a homer in

his last at-bat against reliever Phil Coke.

”(Adrian) Beltre told me to take three hard swings,” Andrus

said. ”Try to go yard. That’s what I did, but the pitch was down.

But I’m really happy with a base hit.”

Texas starter Justin Grimm (3-3) gave up two runs in 6 2-3

innings to snap a three-game losing streak. The rookie allowed

seven hits and struck out two while throwing a career-high 105

pitches.

After allowing two runs in the third, Grimm retired 12 of the

final 14 batters he faced and left to a standing ovation. He

credited a pep talk from manager Ron Washington after the third

inning for his success Saturday.

”Wash got me in the dugout and told me to trust my stuff,”

Grimm said. ”He kind of tapped me in the face and caught me off

guard. Just hearing that he had confidence in me meant a lot.”

Andrus singled on Sanchez’s first pitch of the game, then stole

second and advanced to third on Avila’s throwing error. The Texas

shortstop scored on Avila’s passed ball.

The Rangers extended their lead to 4-0 with three runs in the

second.

Andrus got the inning going with an RBI triple that tipped the

end of Hunter’s glove in right. Hunter said that he lost the ball

in the lights.

”I went to where I thought it was going to be and it wasn’t

there,” Hunter said. ”You can’t catch something you can’t

see.”

Andrus scored on Sanchez’s throwing error and Lance Berkman

capped the second inning with an RBI single.

Berkman’s RBI double scored Andrus, who led off the sixth with a

double.

NOTES: Texas RHP Colby Lewis (elbow) and C A.J. Pierzynski

(strained right oblique muscle) will begin rehab assignments Monday

for Double-A Frisco. Lewis was removed from his rehab stint earlier

in the week with triceps tendinitis, but he threw on the field

Saturday with no problems. . Detroit manager Jim Leyland said he

expects OF Austin Jackson (strained right hamstring) to return from

the disabled list when he is eligible May 27. . Kinsler missed his

second straight game with bruised ribs, an injury that was

aggravated after he was hit by a pitch from Verlander on Thursday

night.