Rangers hit 5 homers in big win over Tigers

May 7, 2016

DETROIT (AP) -- Adrian Beltre hit two of Texas' five home runs, and the Rangers slugged their way to a 10-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

Rougned Odor, Nomar Mazara and Mitch Moreland also went deep for the Rangers, who scored five runs in the sixth inning and overcame an injury-shortened start by A.J. Griffin. The right-hander left in the third with stiffness in his throwing shoulder.

The Tigers led 5-2 entering the sixth, but Odor led off with a single and scored on Mazara's double. Beltre then tied it with an opposite-field homer.

Moreland's two-run shot off reliever Kyle Ryan (0-1) later that inning gave Texas the lead.


Anthony Ranaudo (1-0) got the win. Shawn Tolleson was credited with his 10th save in 12 chances -- he came on to strike out Anthony Gose with the bases loaded for the final out.

Ian Kinsler homered for Detroit, which has lost five straight.

Mike Pelfrey allowed five runs and seven hits in five-plus innings, squandering a good chance to earn his first victory since signing with the Tigers in the offseason. He allowed consecutive homers by Odor and Mazara to start the game.

Detroit took a 3-2 lead in the third on a two-run single by Nick Castellanos, and Kinsler added a two-run homer in the fourth off Ranaudo.

Griffin was pulled after throwing 53 pitches. He allowed three runs and four hits in 2 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out two.

Griffin's exit snapped a streak of 33 starts in which he had completed at least five innings.

Beltre's tying homer came on an 0-2 pitch by Pelfrey in the sixth, and the Detroit bullpen couldn't stop the Texas onslaught. Beltre hit another two-run shot in the seventh to make it 9-5.

Detroit had men on first and second in the eighth when J.D. Martinez's dribbler to the right of the plate turned into an inning-ending double play. Martinez, believing the ball was foul, didn't run it out and was still near the plate when the Rangers completed the relay from second to first. He and manager Brad Ausmus argued to no avail.


Rangers: Texas will hope Griffin's shoulder isn't a problem going forward. This year is his first in the majors since 2013. He had elbow surgery in April 2014.

Tigers: Ausmus said OF Cameron Maybin (left wrist fracture) has still been dealing with a bit of soreness.


Rangers: Texas LHP Martin Perez (1-2) takes the mound in the series finale Sunday. The Rangers have given him only 3.09 runs of support per nine innings this season.

Tigers: Justin Verlander (2-3) tries to bounce back Sunday after allowing seven runs against Cleveland on Tuesday.