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Detroit at Texas

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Detroit (34-25) «12620000011170
Texas (21-39)1011000014101

Tigers 11, Rangers 4

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Leadoff hitter Curtis Granderson set the tone for another huge offensive night from the Detroit Tigers.

Granderson had two triples and three RBI, and Gary Sheffield homered to ignite a six-run third to lift the Tigers past the reeling Texas Rangers 11-4 Thursday night.

"Granderson has been doing this all year at the top of the lineup," said first baseman Sean Casey, who had three hits. "Those triples really get the whole offense going."

Brandon Inge drove in three runs, and Magglio Ordonez had three hits as the Tigers feasted on Rangers pitching for the second straight night.

The Rangers have the worst record in baseball at 21-39. They have lost 12 of 15 games.

Texas starter Kameron Loe (1-6) gave up nine runs in 2 2/3 innings and the combined ERA for Rangers' starters climbed to 6.97. This was 18th time this season a Rangers starter has pitched four innings or fewer.

Manager Ron Washington continues to stay positive despite his team's woes.

"We have to start making some pitches," Washington said. "We have hit a bad funk. They are not going to stop fighting. We feel bad about it. I'm never going to quit on these guys."

Sheffield led off the third with his 16th home run of the season to gave Detroit a 4-1 lead. He hit two home runs and had five RBI in Detroit's 10-0 victory Wednesday.

After starting 1-4 on a 10-game road trip, the Tigers have won four of five to finish with a 5-5 mark.

"At start of the trip, people started to say we've got problems," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "But we're capable of winning games. Five-and-five is fine."

Mike Maroth (4-2) was the beneficiary of Detroit's offensive outburst. He allowed three runs and eight hits over five innings.

"Getting on top early gets momentum on your side," Granderson said. "We're able to put the pressure on the pitcher and feel comfortable on the offensive side."

Mark Teixeira hit his 12th homer in the ninth and had two RBI for the Rangers. Michael Young and Jerry Hairston both had RBI doubles.

Texas slugger Sammy Sosa was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in his pursuit to become the fifth player to hit 600 home runs. Sosa is 7-of-48 with 16 strikeouts since hitting his 598th homer on May 22.

Detroit, which had 17 hits, broke open a 3-1 game in the third.

Sheffield led off with a 405-foot blast into the Rangers bullpen. Craig Monroe had an RBI groundout, Inge had an RBI single and Granderson then hit his 12th triple of the season to drive in two more. That extended Detroit's cushion to 8-1.

Scott Feldman relieved Loe and allowed Placido Polanco's RBI single. The Tigers had seven hits and sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning.

Loe gave up nine hits and walked one to lose his sixth straight decision. He hasn't won since April 21 -- a span of nine starts.

Despite Texas' pitching troubles, Washington said after the game he has no plans on altering his starting rotation.

"I know I have to put up good starts if I want to stay here," Loe said. "The more bad starts I have, the closer I am to being on the way out. That's the reality of it."

The Rangers pitchers didn't get much help from their defense.

Hairston, who was making a his first start of the season at third base, committed an error in the first. Right fielder Victor Diaz misplayed Casey's double in the third, and second baseman Ian Kinsler botched a rundown that allowed Ordonez to score later in the inning.

The Tigers tacked on two more runs in the fourth on RBI singles from Mike Rabelo and Granderson.

Detroit struck first when Granderson, who had three hits, tripled to open the game. He came home on Sheffield's RBI groundout.

After Young's RBI double tied the game at 1, Inge's two-run double put the Tigers ahead for good in the second.

Notes

  • Sheffield passed Willie Stargell for 39th on the all-time list with 1,541 RBI.
  • The Rangers have been outscored 95-48 in the first two innings this season.
 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

C. Granderson
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Detroit

B. Inge
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5233101 .290
Placido Polanco, 2B6021014 .336
Gary Sheffield, DH5122101 .275
Magglio Ordonez, RF5130002 .368
    Marcus Thames, RF0000000 .256
Carlos Guillen, SS4100115 .303
    Neifi Perez, SS0000000 .167
Sean Casey, 1B5130001 .283
Craig Monroe, LF4201111 .241
Mike Rabelo, C5221002 .286
Brandon Inge, 3B4123110 .233
Totals4311171154  
Batting
2B - Sean Casey (13, Loe), Brandon Inge (7, Loe)
3B - Curtis Granderson 2 (12, Loe, Loe)
HR - Gary Sheffield (16, Loe)
RBI - Curtis Granderson 3 (32), Placido Polanco (32), Gary Sheffield 2 (40), Craig Monroe (36), Mike Rabelo (7), Brandon Inge 3 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Curtis Granderson 3 (18), Placido Polanco (13), Mike Rabelo (3), Brandon Inge (7)
SB - Magglio Ordonez (1, 2nd base off Loe/Laird)
Team LOB - 10
Detroit Tigers
Mike Maroth (W,4-2) 5833310 5.29
Aquilino Lopez 2100100 4.26
Yorman Bazardo 2111031 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Maroth 93-52, Aquilino Lopez 39-25, Yorman Bazardo 26-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Maroth 6-7, Aquilino Lopez 3-3, Yorman Bazardo 1-2
Batters Faced - Mike Maroth 25, Aquilino Lopez 8, Yorman Bazardo 7
Texas Rangers
Kenny Lofton, CF4220102 .264
Michael Young, SS4021003 .268
    Ramon Vazquez, PR-SS1000010 .296
Mark Teixeira, 1B4122103 .298
Sammy Sosa, DH5000023 .239
Victor Diaz, RF3000102 .282
Marlon Byrd, LF4010002 .364
Ian Kinsler, 2B4110002 .239
Gerald Laird, C1010000 .233
   a- Chris Stewart, PH-C2000111 .235
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B4011002 .228
Totals36410444  
a-grounded out for Laird in the 4th
Batting
2B - Michael Young (20, Maroth), Mark Teixeira (17, Maroth), Ian Kinsler (9, Maroth), Jerry Hairston Jr. (3, Maroth)
HR - Mark Teixeira (12, Bazardo)
RBI - Michael Young (31), Mark Teixeira 2 (38), Jerry Hairston Jr. (4)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira (14), Jerry Hairston Jr. (1)
CS - Gerald Laird (1, 2nd base by Maroth/Rabelo)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Hairston-Kinsler-Teixeira, Kinsler-Teixeira
E - Jerry Hairston Jr. (2, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Kameron Loe (L,1-6) 2.2999111 7.40
Scott Feldman 3.1522300 6.75
Willie Eyre 2200120 2.51
Eric Gagne 1100010 0.64
WP - Kameron Loe 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Kameron Loe 75-44, Scott Feldman 64-35, Willie Eyre 29-18, Eric Gagne 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kameron Loe 6-2, Scott Feldman 8-1, Willie Eyre 1-2
Batters Faced - Kameron Loe 19, Scott Feldman 17, Willie Eyre 8, Eric Gagne 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22990
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Adam Dowdy, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Brian O'Nora