Hamels outduels Zimmermann as Rangers beat Tigers 5-1

May 7, 2016

DETROIT (AP) Cole Hamels held Detroit to one hit in seven scoreless innings, and the Texas Rangers became the first team this season to beat Jordan Zimmermann when they topped the Tigers 5-1 on Friday night.

Hamels (4-0) allowed a bloop single to right by Ian Kinsler - the first batter he faced - and that was Detroit's only hit until Kinsler doubled to lead off the bottom of the ninth. The Tigers managed a couple walks off Hamels, but he struck out nine and won his 11th straight decision. He hasn't lost since Aug. 7.

Zimmermann (5-1) allowed two runs in the second - after giving up only two earned runs all season prior to that. He also allowed a solo homer to Rougned Odor in the fifth, and by the end of the night, his ERA had doubled from 0.55 to 1.10.