Tigers beat Rangers on Inge walk-off
Brandon Inge hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers in their last at-bat for the second straight day, 3-2 on Wednesday.
With one out, Inge hit the first pitch from Darren Oliver (1-1) over the left-field wall. Jose Valverde (2-0) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth for the Tigers.
Texas played its first game since star Josh Hamilton broke his arm. The AL MVP could miss two months after getting hurt Tuesday, when Detroit beat Texas 5-4 on an RBI single in the ninth by Miguel Cabrera.
Spot starter Dave Bush made his first appearance of the season for Texas, forced into duty because of a Saturday doubleheader that taxed the rotation. Bush made it through three scoreless innings, although he allowed three hits and three walks and threw 71 pitches.
Bush made a nice play in the second when he fell to the ground while fielding a grounder by Alex Avila and was still able to throw home in time to catch Brennan Boesch trying to score from third. After loading the bases with two walks, Bush got Will Rhymes to ground out to end the inning.
Hamilton was injured while being thrown out at the plate when he tagged up on a foul popup. Manager Ron Washington said before the game his team wouldn't be any less aggressive on the bases, and Texas stole three bases Wednesday.
The Rangers took a 2-0 lead in the sixth. With a man on second, Nelson Cruz hit a line drive toward shortstop Jhonny Peralta - but baserunner Adrian Beltre was right in front of Peralta, inadvertently screening him before sprawling on the ground to avoid being hit. The ball skipped past Peralta for a single, scoring Beltre.