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>>caption: INGE HOMERED TWICE
AND DOUBLED FOR 3-RBI<<
@ ARLINGTON, TX:
The Tigers came home happy
from a grueling 11 game western
road trip by scoring twice in the
T-9th to get an 8-6 Monday night
win at Texas.
Miguel Cabrera and Brandon
Inge hit back-to-back homeruns to give Detroit the victory after the Tigers had
blown 4-0 and 6-1 leads.
Cabrera soloed (#5), bashing a 95-mph fastball from Rangers closer Neftali Feliz
some 399-feet to the RCField bullpen and Inge followed with a blast to LField, his
second homer (#1 & #2) of the night.
Jose Valverde came on in the B-9th to get three infield outs for a perfect
save (#6) which gained Detroit a 2-2 split of their Texas series and a 5-6 road
Cabrera had started the Detroit scoring in the T-1st with a bases loaded
RBI-1B and Ryan Raburn followed one out later with a 3r2B to LCField for the
early 4-0 bulge.
Josh Hamilton hit a solo homerun (#2) to LCField to get the Rangers on the
board in the B-4th, but Inge more than countered with a 2rHR to LField in the
Texas got a gift run in the B-5th when Nelson Cruz scored from third on a
wild pitch by Detroit starter Jeremy Bonderman, who had cruised until then
but struggled through a 23 pitch inning. Bonderman had retired the game's first
11 hitters until Hamilton's B-4th homer.
Bonderman then fell apart in the B-6th after retiring the first two batters.
Hamilton and Vladimir Guerrero both singled, David Murphy hit a 2r2B to CField to
make the score 6-4 and Justin Smoak walked to send Bondo to the showers.
Joel Zumaya replaced Bonderman and struck-out pinch-hitter Ryan Garko
swinging to end the B-6th. However, Zumaya got only one out in the B-7th on a
poorly executed sac-bunt attempt. Three Rangers singles loaded the bases and
Phil Coke took over on the mound for Detroit. After striking-out Hamilton, Coke (W, 3-0)
hung a 2-1 changeup to Guerrero and Vlady lined a 2r1B to CField to tie the game 6-6.
It stayed that way until Detroit long-bombed on Feliz (L, 1-1) in the T-9th.
The first six Detroit runs came off Rangers starter Matt Harrison, who was roughed
up for 8-H & 3-W in his 6-IP.
With Detroit MGR Jim Leyland starting an all-righthanded lineup against Harrison,
Inge hit in the fifth slot for the first time this year and just missed a three homer game.
Inge went 3-for-5 with a double high off the LField wall in the T-7th. Cabrera was also
3-for-5 at the plate for Detroit. Austin Jackson went 2-for-4, Raburn 2-for-5 and Johnny
Damon 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
Andres Blanco and Guerrero were both 2-for-4 and Hamilton 2-for-5 for the Rangers.
DET 8-13-0, 8-LOB (W) Coke, 3-0; (S) Valverde, #6
TEX 6-11-0, 6-LOB (L) Feliz, 1-1
TIGERS 1B MIGUEL CABRERA: "We knew [Feliz] was tough. You have to be patient
and make contact. He throws so hard that if you make contact, it can go out,
especially in this ballpark."
TIGERS 3B BRANDON INGE: "I felt it was a matter of time [before he finally homered].
I needed to relax."
RANGERS RP NEFTALI FELIZ (through interpreter): "It wasn't the result I expected. It
wasn't a good result...It wasn't the pitches. It was the location of the pitches, it wasn't
where I wanted to locate."
Although they crossed the plate as inherited runners by Coke, the 2-R/B-7th by
Texas represented the first runs charged against Zumaya in his nine appearances
After scoring on the B-5th wild pitch, Cruz had to leave the game because he
aggravated a hamstring injury.
Detroit scored 4-R/4-ER off Feliz in his 3-IP during the series, the first time he'd
been scored upon since the Texas season opener on April 5th.
The Tigers open a six game homestand Tuesday night by hosting AL-Central leader
Minnesota. Justin Verlander (1-1, 6.95-ERA) of Detroit and Francisco Liriano (2-0,
1.29-ERA) of the Twins are the scheduled starting pitchers.
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