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Resurgent Rangers take down ML-leading Tigers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

DETROIT -- Robinson Tejeda made an impact in his return from Triple-A.

Mark Teixeira homered and Tejeda combined with four relievers on a five-hitter as the Texas Rangers defeated the Detroit Tigers 3-1 on Saturday night.

The Rangers have taken the past two game of a four game series. The Tigers won the first game, on Thursday night. Texas has won eight of its last 11 overall.

Detroit, meanwhile, has won only three of its last 10.

Tejeda (2-3), who was recalled from Oklahoma City before the game, allowed one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings.

"I was really excited about tonight's win," said Tejeda "It meant a lot to me that I pitched the way they wanted me to."

Tigers' manger Jim Leyland said Tejeda threw harder than the Tigers expected. Their scouting report said Tejeda's fastball was 89-93 miles per hour, but Detroit's Curtis Granderson said it ranged from 91 to 98.

"He had just enough movement and just enough deception to keep us behind and missing," said Granderson.

Texas catcher Gerald Laird also praised Tejeda.

"He was razor sharp tonight. He looked good even in the bullpen before the game," said Laird. "I wanted to get him through the first inning as quick as possible (Tejeda struck out the side to open the game) to gain his confidence."

Tejeda was replaced by Rick Bauer with two out in the seventh after surrendering a double to Carlos Guillen. Bauer got out of the inning by getting Ivan Rodriguez on a grounder.

The Tigers threatened in the eighth, putting two on with one out. Ron Mahay relieved Bauer and struck out pinch-hitter Brent Clevlen. Wes Littleton ended the inning by getting Craig Monroe on a grounder back to the mound.

Akinori Otsuka worked the ninth for his 25th save.

Tigers starter Nate Robertson (11-9) only allowed one earned run and two hits in eight innings, walking two and striking out three.

"The thing I can control is what I do on the mound. The pitches I make," said Robertson. " ... We win and lose as a team."

Tejeda retired the first 13 batters and Robertson set down the first 12 he faced.

But Teixeira drove Robertson's first pitch of the fifth inning deep into left-field stands, an estimated 418 feet, for his 20th homer.

"As long as I get a good pitch to hit, I'll hit it," said Teixeira. "Whether it's a walk or a home run, I'll do anything I can to help the team win."

The Tigers got their first hit with one out in the fifth, when Guillen lined a Tejeda's pitch into right-center.

The Rangers made it 3-0 with two runs in the sixth. Omar Infante's error at second base on Michael Young's grounder allowed the first run to score and Carlos Lee's sacrifice fly brought in the other run.

Monroe got the Tigers on the board when he led off the seventh with his 20th homer of the season.


  • Texas optioned OF Freddy Guzman to Triple-A Oklahoma to make room on the roster for Tejeda.
  • Tigers LHP Mike Maroth was impressive in his third rehab start on Saturday night at Triple-A Toledo. He allowed a hit and an earned run in six innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out three.
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Mark Teixeira high-fives Ian Kinsler after hitting a home run in the fifth inning.  (AP)
Mark Teixeira high-fives Ian Kinsler after hitting a home run in the fifth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Teixeira
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

C. Guillen
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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Texas Rangers
Gary Matthews Jr., CF3100110 .313
Michael Young, SS4000010 .307
Carlos Lee, DH3001000 .293
Mark Teixeira, 1B4121000 .285
Mark DeRosa, 3B4000002 .324
Ian Kinsler, 2B3000000 .302
Gerald Laird, C3000000 .329
Nelson Cruz, RF3000000 .167
Jerry Hairston Jr., LF2100110 .204
HR - Mark Teixeira (20, Robertson)
SF - Carlos Lee (9)
RBI - Carlos Lee (90), Mark Teixeira (74)
Team LOB - 2
Outfield Assists - Jerry Hairston Jr. 1
DP - Kinsler-Young-Teixeira
E - Ian Kinsler (14, )
Texas Rangers
Robinson Tejeda (W,2-3) 6.2411131 7.62
Rick Bauer (H,6) 0.2000110 3.59
Ron Mahay (H,8) 0.1000010 3.55
Wes Littleton (H,3) 0.1000000 1.66
Akinori Otsuka (S,25) 1100120 2.12
Pitches-Strikes - Robinson Tejeda 80-53, Rick Bauer 17-9, Ron Mahay 3-3, Wes Littleton 2-2, Akinori Otsuka 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Robinson Tejeda 6-9, Rick Bauer 2-0, Wes Littleton 1-0, Akinori Otsuka 1-0
Batters Faced - Robinson Tejeda 23, Rick Bauer 4, Ron Mahay 1, Wes Littleton 1, Akinori Otsuka 5
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3000010 .266
   a- Brent Clevlen, PH-CF1000012 .389
Craig Monroe, LF4111012 .281
Sean Casey, 1B2000210 .288
Dmitri Young, DH4000012 .273
Carlos Guillen, SS4030000 .309
Ivan Rodriguez, C4000003 .296
Marcus Thames, RF3010113 .264
Brandon Inge, 3B3000011 .242
Omar Infante, 2B2000000 .257
   b- Magglio Ordonez, PH1000000 .293
    Ramon Santiago, PR-2B0000000 .206
a-struck out for Granderson in the 8th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Infante in the 8th
2B - Carlos Guillen (32, Tejeda)
HR - Craig Monroe (20, Tejeda)
RBI - Craig Monroe (65)
Team LOB - 6
E - Omar Infante (3, )
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson (L,11-9) 8231231 3.71
Fernando Rodney 1000000 3.44
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 106-69, Fernando Rodney 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 11-11, Fernando Rodney 1-2
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 29, Fernando Rodney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41643
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Reilly