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Guillen hits two HRs, game winner as Tigers top Rangers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers were jumping around in the rain like Little Leaguers.

Carlos Guillen led off the ninth with a solo home run to give Detroit a 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

"Obviously everybody was pretty pumped up," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who joined in the celebration. "I was real happy I know that."

Guillen said he was looking for a fastball and that is what Ron Mahay (1-3) served up.

"Guillen's a good hitter. You make a mistake, he's going to hurt you," Texas catcher Gerald Laird said. "He did tonight twice. It just happens."

Guillen, who also homered in the second inning, was greeted at the plate by his teammates and Leyland.

"It was a very exciting win for us," Guillen said. "I was just trying to get on base, make something happen."

Marcus Thames tied the score with a solo shot in the seventh for the slumping Tigers who won for just the sixth time in 19 games. Detroit, which had a 10-game lead over Chicago and 10½ over Minnesota in the AL Central when play ended Aug. 7, leads the Twins by only 1½ games.

"Marcus came through big time," Leyland said.

Fernando Rodney (7-3) pitched a perfect eighth and ninth to pick up the win.

Texas' Gary Matthews Jr. hit a tiebreaking single in the top seventh, but Thames hit his 26th home run of the season in the bottom half.

"We did tonight what we talked about, we hit the ball out of the ballpark," Leyland said. "There's no defense for the home run."

Tigers starter Kenny Rogers gave up two runs and 10 hits in seven innings for his second straight no-decision after four straight wins.

Vicente Padilla allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings. He got out of a two-on, no out jam in the fourth, with an inning-ending double play. Padilla gave up six earned runs in each of his last two starts.

"He pitched well enough to win," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "It's tough conditions to pitch in and everybody had some tough defensive plays in the tough weather."

Wes Littleton gave up a walk to Craig Monroe in the eighth but he was stranded at first.

Carlos Lee was caught trying to advance to second base on Mark DeRosa's long fly ball to left field in the second inning.

Monroe had three assists -- the most for a Tigers outfielder since Brandon Inge in April 27, 2004.

The Tigers turned a double play in each of the first three innings, and Rogers helped his caused defensively when he made a sliding stop along the first base line to throw out Nelson Cruz at first in the third.

"What a performance under those conditions," Leyland said. "That kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win."

Michael Young hit his 13th homer on the year in the fourth for the Rangers to tie the score at 1.

With two on in the fourth, Hank Blalock singled to left field, but Monroe threw out Lee at home plate.

Monroe later reached first on a throwing error by Texas third baseman DeRosa. The replay appeared to show that Mark Teixeira made the tag. Showalter argued the call with first base umpire Jerry Layne.

Notes

  • Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya has a sprained right wrist and won't be available until at least Friday. Team trainer Kevin Rand said Tuesday that Zumaya has tendinitis. A doctor gave him a cortisone shot Monday.
  • A fan wearing a pair of black shorts, black sneakers and white socks streaked across the field during the seventh inning stretch.
  • Thames broke an 0-for-16 slump with his home run.
 
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Think Carlos Guillen's second home run of the game -- a walk-off -- impresses his teammates? Absolutely.  (AP)
Think Carlos Guillen's second home run of the game -- a walk-off -- impresses his teammates? Absolutely. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

C. Guillen
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Texas

M. Young
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Texas Rangers
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4021000
Michael Young, SS4121001
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000011
Carlos Lee, LF4030000
Mark DeRosa, 3B3000102
Hank Blalock, DH4010012
Gerald Laird, C4120010
Ian Kinsler, 2B2000101
Nelson Cruz, RF3000000
Totals322102237 
Batting
HR - Michael Young (, Rogers)
RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. (), Michael Young ()
2-OUT RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. ()
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nelson Cruz 1
DP - Cruz-Young, DeRosa-Kinsler-Teixeira
E - Gerald Laird (, Throwing), Michael Young (, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Vicente Padilla 7522132
Wes Littleton 1000100
Ron Mahay (L,-)0111001
HBP - Ordonez (by Vicente Padilla)
Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 105-67, Wes Littleton 13-5, Ron Mahay 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 13-5, Wes Littleton 2-0
Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 28, Wes Littleton 3, Ron Mahay 1
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3000102
Ivan Rodriguez, C4000001
Craig Monroe, LF3000101
Magglio Ordonez, RF3010002
Carlos Guillen, SS4222023
Sean Casey, 1B3000002
Marcus Thames, DH3111010
Brandon Inge, 3B3010000
Omar Infante, 2B3010001
Totals293632312 
Batting
2B - Brandon Inge (, Padilla)
HR - Carlos Guillen 2 (, Padilla, Mahay), Marcus Thames (, Padilla)
RBI - Carlos Guillen 2 (), Marcus Thames ()
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Craig Monroe 3
DP - Guillen-Infante-Casey, Monroe-Infante, Infante-Guillen-Casey
Detroit Tigers
Kenny Rogers 71022221
Fernando Rodney (W,-) 2000010
Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 95-60, Fernando Rodney 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 8-6, Fernando Rodney 4-1
Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 28, Fernando Rodney 6
Game Information
Attendance - 24196
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Mark Wegner