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Texas blasted six homeruns
to top the Tigers 9-1 Wednesday
The Rangers salvaged the
final game of the 3-game series.
The on-again, off-again season
of Detroit lefty Nate Robertson
continued and Robertson was off-
again. Robertson served up five of
the six dingers, including back-to-back shots in both the B-3rd and B-4th.
Robertson allowed 8-R/6-ER on 8-H & 4-W with 0-K in his 3.2-IP for the loss
(7-10). All of the eight basehits he gave up were for extra bases, the five
homers, two triples and a double.
Robertson became the first Tiger LHander since Don Mossi in 1961 to
allow five homeruns in a single game and his season ERA rose to 6.09, second
highest in the major leagues.
Texas 3Bman Travis Metcalf went 3-for-4 with 2-R & 3-RBI, going deep on
both Robertson and first Tiger reliever Aquilino Lopez for his first career multi-
homer game (#3 & #4). Metcalf's first longball came with a man aboard. All the
rest of the Texas taters were solo shots.
Brandon Boggs (#6) and Michael Young (#11) hit consecutive solos in the B-3rd.
Josh Hamilton (#29) and Milton Bradley (#21) did likewise with 2-out in the in the
B-4th to chase Robertson. Hamilton's homer traveled 402-feet to RField and
Bradley's 430-feet to CField.
Hamilton was 3-for-5.
Aided by the half dozen homeruns, Rangers RHander Kevin Milwood pitched his
first complete game since 2006 to get the win (7-7). Milwood scattered 6-H & 1-W
Ramon Santiago doubled and came home on Miguel Cabrera's RBI-2B to CField
in the T-4th for Detroit's only tally.
Gary Sheffield grounded into a double play to end the ballgame.
DET 1-6-1, 5-LOB (L) Robertson, 7-10
TEX 9-14-0, 8-LOB (W) Millwood, 7-7
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "Pitches over the middle of the plate belt high, they lead
to extra-base hits. It's all about starting pitching and tonight our starter had a tough
TIGERS SP NATE ROBERTSON: "My slider was awful. It's been very inconsistent all year
long. It was a pitch I could always have success with, but it's not doing much. It spins
up there, stays up over the plate, and it gets whacked. Three of the home runs I gave
up tonight were on that pitch."
RANGERS SP KEVIN MILLWOOD: "I located my fastball. I pretty much threw the fastball
wherever I wanted to. When you do that it can make your other pitches better."
Texas had lost its first five meetings with Detroit this year and seven
in a row over the last two seasons.
The Rangers matched their season-high of six homeruns.
The last Tiger pitcher to allow 5-HR in a game was Jeff Weaver on
7/24/1999 vs the Boston Red Sox at Tiger Stadium.
Toledo topped the Tides, 8-5 in Norfolk, VA Wednesday night.
LHP Dontrelle Willis earned the win (3-1), although he was less than
impressive in doing so. Willis allowed 8-H & 5-W in his 5-IP, giving up 5-R/3-ER
while posting 4-K. Francisco Cruceta pitched a perfect B-9th with 1-K for the
Clete Thomas highlighted the Mud Hens bat attack by going 2-for-4
with a R, 2B & 2-RBI.
Former Tiger INF Oscar Salazar (2002) was a perfect 3-for-3 with 2-W & 2-R
for Norfolk, upping his BA to .312 on the season.
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