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Rangers snap Bonderman's win streak, stomp Tigers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- Jeremy Bonderman had a chance to make history Monday night.

Instead, he brought back memories of last year's World Series disaster.

Bonderman was trying to match Bobo Newsom's Tigers record of 18 starts without a loss, but made a key throwing error that helped the Texas Rangers beat Detroit 8-3.

"I didn't do my job," said Bonderman, who allowed four runs -- two earned -- and seven hits with four walks in seven innings. "I take full responsibility for this."

Bonderman's last loss came in Minnesota on Sept. 10. His unbeaten streak ended one short of Newsom's 67-year-old team record.

"I haven't really thought about it," Bonderman said. "I just try to go out there and try to give us a chance to get a win. I've had plenty of games where I pitched badly enough to lose."

Bonderman (8-1) normally struggles in the first inning, but this time, he melted down in the third.

Protecting a 1-0 lead, he retired the first two batters before allowing back-to-back singles to Ian Kinsler and Michael Young and walking Sammy Sosa to load the bases.

After Marlon Byrd's two-run single to left-center, Frank Catalanotto grounded to the mound.

Bonderman had plenty of time to make the play, but in a play that immediately brought back memories of last October, he threw wildly to first, allowing Sosa to score.

"That's the thing that bothered me," Bonderman said. "I worked hard all through spring training, and today I make an error that basically cost us the game. You can't give teams extra outs."

Adam Melhuse made it 4-1 with a single, but Catalanotto ran through a stop sign at third and was out by several feet.

"That error was huge," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "It lets us poke two more runs on the plate. There's a big difference between a 2-1 game and a 4-1 game, especially against that team."

By that point, the Tigers had already blown their shot against Texas starter Kameron Loe.

Eighteen days after the Tigers gave him one of the worst beatings of his career, Loe (4-6) was struggling again against the same team.

This time, though, he escaped jams in the first two innings in his third straight strong outing since allowing nine runs in 2 2/3 innings against Detroit on June 7. He allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings to record his third win in a row. He walked two and struck out one.

"They beat me around pretty good the last time, so I had some incentive tonight," Loe said after snapping Detroit's seven-game winning streak. "This is a nice win for me."

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead on Carlos Guillen's bases-loaded sacrifice fly with one out in the first, but could have built a much bigger lead in the first two innings.

After Ivan Rodriguez struck out to end the first with runners on the corners, Detroit put runners on second and third with one out in the second. Loe, though, retired Curtis Granderson and Placido Polanco to escape the inning.

"Getting out of those two innings were definitely big," Loe said. "I felt good about the first inning and only giving up one run, but the second inning was much better. That could have been bad, but I was able to execute a couple big pitches."

Granderson's 14th triple of the season made it 4-2 in the seventh, but Polanco grounded out to end the inning.

Byrd and Young had RBI singles in the ninth, and Jerry Hairston Jr. added a two-run homer. Young had three hits.

Brandon Inge drove in a run with a single in the ninth for Detroit.

Notes

  • Brad Wilkerson and Kinsler collided going for a fourth-inning pop-up into shallow right, but neither player was injured and Wilkerson was able to hang on to the ball.
  • Carlos Guillen, named American League player of the week earlier Monday, extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a sixth-inning single.
  • Both teams arrived in Detroit in the early hours of Monday morning, and the Rangers skipped batting practice to get some extra rest. "That didn't have anything to do with the game," Leyland said. "We got here at 2:30 and they got here at 6. We just got beat."
 
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Kameron Loe wiggles out of a few jams and manages to tame the hot-hitting Tigers in Detroit.  (AP)
Kameron Loe wiggles out of a few jams and manages to tame the hot-hitting Tigers in Detroit. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

M. Byrd
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Texas

J. Hairston
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Texas Rangers
Kenny Lofton, CF5110002 .290
Ian Kinsler, 2B3210220 .244
Michael Young, SS4131100 .295
Sammy Sosa, DH4110114 .246
Marlon Byrd, RF5223024 .379
Frank Catalanotto, LF3000000 .200
   a- Jerry Hairston Jr., PH-LF2112010 .256
Adam Melhuse, C5021030 .318
Brad Wilkerson, 1B4010021 .220
Ramon Vazquez, 3B3000101 .242
Totals388127511  
a-struck out for Catalanotto in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brad Wilkerson (7, Bonderman)
HR - Jerry Hairston Jr. (3, de la Cruz)
RBI - Michael Young (47), Marlon Byrd 3 (19), Jerry Hairston Jr. 2 (9), Adam Melhuse (7)
2-OUT RBI - Marlon Byrd 3 (10), Jerry Hairston Jr. 2 (4), Adam Melhuse (4)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Vazquez-Kinsler-Wilkerson, Vazquez-Kinsler-Wilkerson
E - Brad Wilkerson (3, Missed catch of throw)
Texas Rangers
Kameron Loe (W,4-6) 7722210 6.02
Akinori Otsuka (H,9) 1000000 1.82
Frank Francisco 1110110 4.03
HBP - Polanco (by Kameron Loe)
WP - Frank Francisco (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Kameron Loe 97-59
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kameron Loe 13-5, Akinori Otsuka 1-2, Frank Francisco 2-1
Batters Faced - Kameron Loe 29, Akinori Otsuka 3, Frank Francisco 6
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4121114 .292
Placido Polanco, 2B4000006 .329
Gary Sheffield, DH4000003 .291
Magglio Ordonez, RF4010000 .379
Carlos Guillen, SS3011000 .324
Ivan Rodriguez, C4000013 .285
    Mike Rabelo, PR0100000 .277
Sean Casey, 1B3020100 .289
Craig Monroe, LF3000103 .235
Brandon Inge, 3B3121000 .259
Totals3238332  
Batting
2B - Brandon Inge (12, Loe)
3B - Curtis Granderson (14, Loe)
SF - Carlos Guillen (2)
SH - Brandon Inge (4)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (39), Carlos Guillen (55), Brandon Inge (38)
2-OUT RBI - Curtis Granderson (20)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Craig Monroe 1
DP - Guillen-Polanco-Casey
PB - Ivan Rodriguez (4)
E - Jeremy Bonderman (2, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Jeremy Bonderman (L,8-1) 7742490 3.90
Macay McBride 1211010 3.94
Eulogio de la Cruz 1333111 7.36
WP - Eulogio de la Cruz (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 94-62, Macay McBride 2-2, Eulogio de la Cruz 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 6-6, Macay McBride 1-1, Eulogio de la Cruz 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 32, Macay McBride 5, Eulogio de la Cruz 6
Game Information
Attendance - 36330
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Larry Poncino, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman