ARLINGTON, Texas -- Gary Matthews Jr. made sure nobody could rob him of this home run.
The Tigers had erased a four-run deficit before Matthews homered leading off the seventh against starter Jason Johnson (2-3).
"Gary picked a good time to hit his first homer," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said.
Matthews was robbed of a grand slam on May 3 at Oakland on Bobby Kielty's leaping catch, but this time the ball easily cleared the wall in right field.
"I finally got one out," said Matthews, who had 11 homers for the Rangers last season. "I had to hit it a few rows back so no one would catch it."
Cordero took the loss on Monday night when he gave up two runs in the ninth of the Tigers' 2-0 victory. This time, the relief corps came through, getting 3 1/3 scoreless innings from Brocail, Nick Regilio and Cordero.
"As a pitcher, you're going to go through some tough times," Cordero said. "You're going to give up some runs, and sometimes it'll be like tonight when it's one-two-three."
Texas has won six of eight. Detroit had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Johnson allowed eight hits in Detroit's first complete game of the season. He struck out six and didn't issue a walk.
Rangers starter Chan Ho Park took a 4-0 lead into the sixth, but Texas couldn't hold it.
Park's five shutout innings extended the streak of scoreless innings by Texas starters to 27 over the last four games before Craig Monroe's RBI single in the sixth moved the Tigers within 4-1.
The 27-inning streak is the second longest in club history behind 35 in a row in 1981.
Park allowed four runs and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings, and the Tigers did much of their damage on two-strike counts. Park struck out five and walked one.
"He'd be the first to tell you that he made some mistakes on two-strike counts," Showalter said. "He had a lot of counts in his favor and couldn't finish off the hitters. But he pitched well and gave us a chance to win."
The Rangers took a 3-0 lead in the first on Blalock's two-run double and Alfonso Soriano's RBI double.
In the third, Blalock's sixth homer made it 4-0.
Johnson then got on track, retiring 11 of the next 12 before Matthews homered.
"Jason settled down to pitch great," Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. "They jumped on us early, but we came back and had our chances to win. I like that part."
The Tigers wasted a prime scoring chance in the eighth when they failed to score after putting runners on second and third with one out. Regilio struck out Inge and got Ivan Rodriguez on a fly out to end the threat.
"We had our opportunity there but we couldn't get that run in," Trammell said.
|Gary Matthews Jr. hits his first homer of the season to give Texas its sixth win in eight games. (AP)|
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|Brandon Inge, 3B||5||0||2||1||0||1||3||.314|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||5||0||0||0||0||2||7||.275|
|Carlos Guillen, DH||5||1||2||0||0||1||0||.387|
|Rondell White, LF||5||0||2||0||0||2||1||.286|
|Dmitri Young, 1B||5||1||1||0||0||0||1||.297|
|Craig Monroe, RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.245|
|Ramon Martinez, SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.208|
|Omar Infante, 2B||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.248|
|Nook Logan, CF||4||0||3||1||0||1||1||.380|
|2B - Omar Infante (8, Park)|
|3B - Rondell White (1, Park)|
|RBI - Brandon Inge (17), Craig Monroe (21), Omar Infante (12), Nook Logan (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brandon Inge (6), Omar Infante (9), Nook Logan (5)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|E - Brandon Inge (7, Wild throw, out advancing)|
|Jason Johnson (L,2-3)||8||8||5||5||0||6||2||4.25|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Johnson 90-63|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Johnson 9-9|
|Batters Faced - Jason Johnson 32|
|David Dellucci, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.269|
|Michael Young, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.270|
|Hank Blalock, 3B||4||2||2||3||0||2||1||.279|
|Alfonso Soriano, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.291|
|Laynce Nix, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.302|
|Kevin Mench, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.289|
|Gary Matthews Jr., RF||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.269|
|Rod Barajas, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.228|
|2B - Hank Blalock (10, J. Johnson), Alfonso Soriano (12, J. Johnson), Gary Matthews Jr. (5, J. Johnson)|
|HR - Hank Blalock (6, J. Johnson), Gary Matthews Jr. (1, J. Johnson)|
|SH - Rod Barajas (1)|
|RBI - Hank Blalock 3 (19), Alfonso Soriano (24), Gary Matthews Jr. (8)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Chan Ho Park||5.2||8||4||4||1||5||0||4.99|
|Doug Brocail (BS,2; W,2-0)||1.1||3||0||0||0||1||0||4.91|
|Nick Regilio (H,2)||1||2||0||0||0||1||0||4.63|
|Francisco Cordero (S,11)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.91|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chan Ho Park 107-67, Doug Brocail 29-21, Nick Regilio 19-13, Francisco Cordero 12-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chan Ho Park 6-6, Doug Brocail 2-1, Francisco Cordero 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Chan Ho Park 26, Doug Brocail 7, Nick Regilio 5, Francisco Cordero 3|
|Attendance - 24766|
|Game Time - 2:29|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Larry Young|