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Tigers fall flat as Rangers roll to victory in DH opener

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DETROIT -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland isn't a big believer in momentum.

A day after the Tigers rallied with four runs in the ninth for a thrilling win over Toronto, Detroit fell behind by 11 runs and lost 13-6 Tuesday to the Texas Rangers in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

"Momentum doesn't matter if you don't pitch," Leyland said. "When the air is out of the balloon after three innings, it isn't good."

Marlon Byrd homered twice, and Hank Blalock, David Murphy, Freddy Guzman, Jarrod Saltamacchia, Ramon Vazquez also connected for Texas, which had not hit seven homers in a game since getting eight on June 30, 2005, against the Angels.

Detroit began the day 3½ games behind the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card race and six back of AL Central-leading Cleveland. The Tigers are 6-4 in September, not the playoff push needed for Detroit to retain its AL title.

"We haven't pitched well," Leyland said. "We're trying to fight our way through it, but you have to have a chance to win. Being down 11-0 isn't having a chance."

Gary Sheffield, Placido Polanco and Ivan Rodriguez sat out the first game, but Leyland expected them all to start the second game. Sheffield is hitless in his last 25 at-bats, his longest skid since a career high 0-for-29 slide from April 13-May 3, 2002, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Texas has won six straight, its longest winning streak since April 26-May 4 last year, and 13 of 15. Texas hit seven homers, one short of team the record set on May 21, 2005, against Houston and matched June 30, 2005, against the Angels. The Rangers have scored 52 runs in their last three doubleheader games.

"It seems like we're a doubleheader team," Byrd said. "It's been a long year, but we're finally playing Rangers baseball."

"I guess you'd have to say it is the hottest we've been all year," Texas manager Ron Washington said.

Vicente Padilla (6-9) allowed three hits and three walks in six shutout innings, improving his scoreless streak to 12 innings. He is 3-0 in his career against Detroit with a 2.07 ERA.

Chad Durbin (8-7) gave up five runs -- four earned -- and six hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Detroit trailed 11-0 before scoring five runs off Mike Wood in the eighth, when Mike Hessman hit a three-run homer.

Texas went ahead in the first when center fielder Curtis Granderson appeared to lose Jason Botts' RBI single in a cloudy sky. In the second, left fielder Marcus Thames let Murphy's fly glance off his glove, bounce off the top of the wall and land in the bullpen to make it 2-0.

Durbin hit Ian Kinsler opening the third, and Byrd hit a two-run homer. Blalock's two-out double chased Durbin, Murphy reached on a throwing error by third baseman Brandon Inge and Tim Byrdak threw a run-scoring wild pitch that put Texas ahead 5-0.

A sign of the Tigers' day: Timo Perez's two-out single hit teammate Omar Infante between first and second in the bottom half, ending the inning.

Texas made it 10-0 in the fifth against Jose Capellan when Byrd hit a solo homer, Murphy had an RBI triple, Saltamacchia followed with a two-run homer and Vazquez homered on the next pitch. Byrd, who has a career-best nine home runs, drove in three runs in the first multihomer game of his career

Blalock hit a 440-foot drive to straightaway center in the seventh against Yorman Bazardo. Guzman got his first major league homer in the ninth when he connected off Clay Rapada.

"I think it is impressive that we're consistently putting together such great at-bats," Murphy said. "It's been the whole team, up and down the lineup."

Notes

  • The teams combined to use 35 players.
  • Rapada has allowed eight batters as a Tiger and only retired three.
  • The Rangers activated RHP Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) from the DL between games and he was scheduled to start at night.
 
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Marlon Byrd hits two HRs for Texas, which gets seven dingers -- one shy of the team mark -- vs. Detroit.  (AP)
Marlon Byrd hits two HRs for Texas, which gets seven dingers -- one shy of the team mark -- vs. Detroit. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

D. Murphy
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Texas

M. Byrd
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
 

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Texas Rangers
Frank Catalanotto, 1B4000100 .273
    Brad Wilkerson, 1B1000012 .238
Ian Kinsler, 2B4210011 .273
Michael Young, SS4010001 .309
   a- Jerry Hairston Jr., PH-3B1000010 .192
Marlon Byrd, CF4223001 .312
    Freddy Guzman, CF11110001.000
Jason Botts, LF3111100 .234
    Nelson Cruz, RF1000000 .219
Hank Blalock, DH4321113 .300
David Murphy, RF-LF5232011 .386
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4112012 .264
    Guillermo Quiroz, C10110001.000
Ramon Vazquez, 3B-SS4111111 .242
Totals4113141247  
a-struck out for Young in the 8th
Batting
2B - Hank Blalock (13, Durbin), David Murphy (8, Bazardo), Guillermo Quiroz (1, Rapada)
3B - David Murphy (2, Capellan)
HR - Marlon Byrd 2 (9, Durbin, Capellan), Freddy Guzman (1, Rapada), Hank Blalock (8, Bazardo), David Murphy (2, Durbin), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (11, Capellan), Ramon Vazquez (8, Capellan)
RBI - Marlon Byrd 3 (61), Freddy Guzman (1), Jason Botts (12), Hank Blalock (26), David Murphy 2 (9), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2 (30), Guillermo Quiroz (1), Ramon Vazquez (27)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Botts (3), David Murphy (4), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2 (10), Guillermo Quiroz (1), Ramon Vazquez (11)
CS - Frank Catalanotto (1, 2nd base by Capellan/Rabelo)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Vazquez-Kinsler-Wilkerson
Texas Rangers
Vicente Padilla (W,6-9) 6300360 5.70
Mike Wood 1.2655011 4.91
A.J. Murray 1.1211000 5.40
HBP - Inge (by Vicente Padilla), Rabelo (by Mike Wood)
Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 99-58, Mike Wood 32-20, A.J. Murray 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 4-7, Mike Wood 3-0, A.J. Murray 1-3
Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 24, Mike Wood 11, A.J. Murray 6
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF2000011 .304
   a- Cameron Maybin, PH-CF3010001 .167
Timo Perez, RF4230102 .423
Sean Casey, 1B4021101 .288
Magglio Ordonez, DH1000101 .359
   b- Brent Clevlen, PH-DH3000013 .000
Carlos Guillen, SS2000011 .295
    Ramon Santiago, SS3111002 .263
Marcus Thames, LF4121001 .245
Mike Rabelo, C3100022 .253
Brandon Inge, 3B0000000 .244
   c- Mike Hessman, PH-3B3123000 .220
Omar Infante, 2B4000022 .270
Totals36611637  
a-singled for Granderson in the 5th
b-struck out for Ordonez in the 6th
c-popped out for Inge in the 5th
Batting
2B - Ramon Santiago (3, Wood), Marcus Thames (13, Wood)
3B - Timo Perez (2, Murray)
HR - Mike Hessman (3, Wood)
RBI - Sean Casey (49), Ramon Santiago (3), Marcus Thames (47), Mike Hessman 3 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Ramon Santiago (3), Marcus Thames (21), Mike Hessman 3 (7)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Rabelo-Infante
E - Brandon Inge (17, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Chad Durbin (L,8-7) 2.2654002 4.76
Tim Byrdak 0.2000120 3.62
Jose Capellan 1.2455123 5.76
Yorman Bazardo 3211011 3.00
Clay Rapada 1222221 20.25
HBP - Kinsler (by Chad Durbin)
WP - Tim Byrdak (3), Jose Capellan (3), Clay Rapada 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Durbin 56-34, Tim Byrdak 20-8, Jose Capellan 41-21, Yorman Bazardo 38-21, Clay Rapada 30-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Durbin 2-6, Tim Byrdak 1-0, Jose Capellan 1-1, Yorman Bazardo 3-5, Clay Rapada 1-0
Batters Faced - Chad Durbin 15, Tim Byrdak 4, Jose Capellan 9, Yorman Bazardo 11, Clay Rapada 7
Game Information
Attendance - 32719
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Ed Montague, First Base - Adam Dowdy, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Marvin Hudson