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Tigers rally past first-place Rangers in extras

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- Alan Trammell is ready for a blowout.

For the third time in five days, his Detroit Tigers pulled off a late-inning comeback, this time scoring twice in the ninth and once in the 10th to beat the Texas Rangers 6-5 Thursday.

"I remember when we used to score runs early in games," Trammell said with a smile. "I like that better, but I'll take this. Our last three wins have been nail-biters, but we've got them in the right column."

Craig Monroe singled home Ivan Rodriguez with the winning run in the 10th, and Rondell White homered and drove in three runs for Detroit.

After coming from behind to beat Baltimore on Sunday, the Tigers snapped Texas' nine-game winning streak Wednesday night by scoring five runs in the seventh.

"It's easy to win a game when you blow a team out," Brandon Inge said. "But when you win games like this, it really gives you a boost of confidence. I don't know why it is happening, but I don't care, as long as they end like this."

The Rangers took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but Detroit rallied against All-Star closer Francisco Cordero with a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Carlos Guillen and a two-out RBI single by Omar Infante. It was Cordero's third blown save in 19 chances.

"I've got to do my job," said Cordero, who began his career with the Tigers. "I've got to make my pitches, and today I paid for it."

With one out in the 10th, Rodriguez doubled off Nick Regilio (1-2), and Monroe followed with a line single to right. Andres Torres' throw to the plate appeared to beat Rodriguez, but it skipped over catcher Rod Barajas' shoulder.

"We've got to win those games," Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira said. "But give them credit -- they fought back and they deserved to win them in the end."

Ugueth Urbina (1-3) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win. Alfonso Soriano led off with a double, but pinch-hitter Hank Blalock hit a liner up the middle that rookie shortstop Tony Giarratano caught and flipped to Infante at second for an inning-ending double play.

"This was only Tony's second game, but he looks like he belongs here," said Trammell, probably the best shortstop in Tigers history. "He knew where to play Blalock -- you tell him something once and he's like a sponge."

Rookie right-hander Chris Young gave up three runs in seven innings for Texas, striking out a career-best eight. Tigers starter Nate Robertson allowed four runs -- three earned -- in 6 1/3 innings.

Texas scored twice in the first. Torres led off with a double, went to third on Michael Young's single and scored on Teixeira's single. Kevin Mench hit a potential double-play grounder, but Infante's throwing error allowed Young to score from second.

White's fifth homer made it 2-1 in the second and extended his career-best hitting streak to 18 games. Detroit then went ahead with a pair of runs in the third.

Nook Logan led off with a disputed infield single. He hit a grounder between the mound and first, and Teixeira collided with Chris Young. Logan avoided Teixeira's lunging tag, but replays showed he also missed first base.

Rangers manager Buck Showalter and Teixeira argued, to no avail.

"First of all, he didn't touch the bag, and second of all, he was out of the baseline," Showalter said. "Take your choice which way he was out."

Inge walked and both runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt. Dmitri Young struck out, but White hit a two-run single off third baseman Mark DeRosa's glove.

Texas put runners in scoring position in the third, fifth and sixth. Robertson escaped each time, but the Rangers rallied with three runs in the seventh.

Sandy Alomar Jr. led off with a grounder between first and second that Chris Shelton fielded cleanly but threw away for a single and an error.

Alomar moved up on DeRosa's single and scored on Torres' sacrifice fly. After Michael Young's single off Franklyn German, Teixeira's grounder hit first base and bounced over Shelton for a go-ahead single. Mench made it 5-3 with the second sacrifice fly of the inning.

Notes

  • Shelton made his third start at first base in his 30th career game. His other appearances have all been as a DH or pinch hitter.
  • Chris Young struck out seven Yankees on April 22.
  • Guillen (knee) missed his fourth consecutive start and sixth in the last seven games.
 
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Pudge Rodriguez and the Detroit Tigers enjoy their comeback win over the Rangers. (AP)
Pudge Rodriguez and the Detroit Tigers enjoy their comeback win over the Rangers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

R. White
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Texas

M. Teixeira
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Texas Rangers
Andres Torres, CF-RF3111111 .176
Michael Young, SS5220002 .296
Mark Teixeira, 1B5032011 .295
Kevin Mench, LF4011002 .301
Alfonso Soriano, 2B5010013 .282
Richard Hidalgo, RF4010112 .241
    Rod Barajas, C0000000 .218
Chad Allen, DH3000012 .283
   a- David Dellucci, PH-DH1000101 .283
Sandy Alomar Jr., C4110001 .286
   b- Hank Blalock, PH-3B1000002 .288
Mark DeRosa, 3B4120011 .150
    Laynce Nix, CF0000000 .270
Totals3951243618 
a-flied out for Allen in the 8th
b-lined out for S. Alomar in the 10th
Batting
2B - Andres Torres (1, Robertson), Kevin Mench (13, Robertson), Alfonso Soriano (16, Urbina)
SF - Andres Torres (1), Kevin Mench (1)
RBI - Andres Torres (1), Mark Teixeira 2 (38), Kevin Mench (28)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Soriano-Young-Teixeira
Texas Rangers
Chris Young 7433281 3.03
Kameron Loe (H,1) 0.1100000 2.08
Francisco Cordero (BS,3) 1.2322120 3.97
Nick Regilio (L,1-2) 0.1211000 4.76
HBP - Young (by Chris Young), Infante (by Kameron Loe)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 100-63, Kameron Loe 7-4, Francisco Cordero 34-23, Nick Regilio 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 3-9, Nick Regilio 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Young 27, Kameron Loe 3, Francisco Cordero 9, Nick Regilio 3
Detroit Tigers
Brandon Inge, 3B-CF4110122 .313
Omar Infante, 2B3011000 .231
Dmitri Young, DH4000025 .266
Rondell White, LF5123003 .316
Ivan Rodriguez, C5110033 .280
Craig Monroe, RF5121000 .271
Chris Shelton, 1B4120020 .400
Tony Giarratano, SS2000201 .400
Nook Logan, CF3110011 .302
   a- Carlos Guillen, PH0001000 .361
    Ramon Martinez, 3B0000000 .245
Totals35610631015 
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Logan in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ivan Rodriguez (15, Regilio)
HR - Rondell White (5, C. Young)
SF - Carlos Guillen (1)
SH - Omar Infante (6)
RBI - Omar Infante (20), Rondell White 3 (25), Craig Monroe (33), Carlos Guillen (13)
2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante (13), Rondell White 2 (8)
SB - Nook Logan (8, 2nd base off C. Young/S. Alomar)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Giarratano-Infante
E - Omar Infante (4, wild throw), Chris Shelton (1, )
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson 6.1743240 3.17
Franklyn German 0.2211000 2.61
Chris Spurling 2200010 2.25
Ugueth Urbina (W,1-3) 1100110 2.73
WP - Nate Robertson 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 106-70, Franklyn German 15-9, Chris Spurling 37-24, Ugueth Urbina 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 10-5, Chris Spurling 2-3
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 28, Franklyn German 4, Chris Spurling 8, Ugueth Urbina 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21166
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Joe Brinkman, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Bill Miller