Tigers 13, Rangers 7
Brennan Boesch quickly put Detroit in the lead. The young right
fielder and the Tigers then kept pouring it on against the AL
West-leading Texas Ragners.
Boesch had two of Detroit’s four home runs while setting career
highs with five hits and five RBIs in a 13-7 win Monday night.
”He had a huge, huge night and good for him. He’s getting
better all the time, starting to relax a little bit more,” manager
Jim Leyland said. ”He’s so hard on himself and we’re trying to
eliminate that, get him to be not quite so hard on himself.”
The Tigers won for the seventh time in eight games. They set
season highs for runs and hits (18) to back up Max Scherzer, who
pitched just long enough for his first win in nearly a month.
All of Detroit’s homers came off Colby Lewis (5-6), who gave up
nine runs in 3 1-3 innings only five days after pitching eight
scoreless innings at Tampa Bay to start a five-game winning streak
for the Rangers.
When Boesch pulled a pitch into the second deck of seats in
right field in the first, Detroit had a 3-0 lead before Lewis had
even retired a batter. Austin Jackson, who grew up in nearby
Denton, led off the game with a single before Don Kelly walked.
Boesch led off the third with his seventh homer for his first
career multihomer game. It was also the first of three homers in
the inning for the Tigers.
After hitting only .196 with seven extra-base hits his previous
28 games, Boesch also singled and scored in the fourth, added an
RBI double in the sixth and singled in the ninth.
”I’ve been swinging the bat well. You just keep grinding and
you know that eventually balls are going to find seats and find
holes,” Boesch said. ”It’s hard to be easy on yourself when you
have expectations. It’s something I’ll probably fight for the rest
of my career. It’s a daily thing where you remind yourself that
this game isn’t easy, but you also expect to do your job and
Scherzer (7-2) hadn’t won since May 9 at Toronto, when the
right-hander won his sixth consecutive decision to open the season.
He gave up five runs and eight hits in five innings.
”I didn’t have good rhythm the first few innings. I didn’t have
fastball command,” he said. ”It’s frustrating me. I want to be
pitching well, pitching deep in games.”
Since his previous win, Scherzer had gone 0-2 in four starts. He
gave up seven runs in each of his last two, including a no-decision
against Minnesota last Tuesday. He struck out four and walked one
against Texas while throwing 65 of his 99 pitches for strikes.
”Right now for whatever reason, he can’t find his slider
consistently,” Leyland said. ”We have to look into this, see
what’s going on, and get it straightened out.”
Andy Dirks hit a two-run homer for Detroit in the third before
Alex Avila had a solo shot that made it 7-0.
Nelson Cruz extended his hitting streak to 10 games for Texas
with a pair of two-run homers, giving him 14 for the season. His
homer in the fourth got Texas within 9-4. He went deep again in the
eighth – a 459-foot blast to left-center, the fourth-longest ever
at Rangers Ballpark – for his seventh career multihomer game.
Lewis was gone after Miguel Cabrera’s RBI double in the fourth,
Detroit’s third consecutive hit, made it 8-2. Victor Martinez
greeted reliever Michael Kirkman with a sacrifice fly when Endy
Chavez made a running catch in the right-center gap to likely
prevent more runs.
”He got a lot of balls up, and the left-handers didn’t miss
it,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ”Just one of those
nights. Get a shower, let it go, come back tomorrow try to even up
the series and move on from there.”
Rangers leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler snapped an 0-for-20 slide
with an RBI triple in the third, then added a run-scoring double in
While playing second base in the ninth, Kinsler collided with
Ryan Raburn while trying to field a grounder. Umpire Ed Rapuano
immediately signaled that Raburn was safe after Kinsler ran into
the baserunner. Jackson was credited with a single on the play, his
third hit of the game.
”Probably my fault,” Kinsler said. ”The ball passed him, and
I had the opportunity to get the ball before he hit me. It was the
NOTES: Lewis gave up four homers only one other time, in 4 1-3
innings at the New York Yankees in August 2003. His career high for
runs allowed is 10, in 3 1-3 innings at Minnesota four years ago.
… Kirkman, who gave up two runs in 3 1-3 innings, had his glove
knocked off his hand by Martinez’s comebacker in the sixth. Kirkman
scrambled barehanded to get the ball behind the mound and complete
the out. … Sitting in the owners box near the Rangers dugout were
former president George W. Bush and Pulitzer Prize winner George
Will. … Tigers RHP Phil Coke (right bone bruise) is expected to
be activated from the 15-day DL to start Wednesday’s series finale
at Texas. … Detroit OF-DH Magglio Ordonez (right ankle weakness)
continues his rehab assignment with Toledo, with no timetable for
him to be brought off the 15-day DL by the Tigers.