DETROIT -- Jim Leyland knows baseball isn't a complicated game.
The Tigers gave up 13 runs in the first game, but allowed only one in the second to gain a split.
"It's pretty simple -- it comes down to whether your team pitches or not," Leyland said. "We didn't pitch good in the first game, and we pitched very well in the second game. That's what it is about."
Texas hit seven homers to win the opener 13-6, but rookie Jair Jurrjens and three relievers combined on a seven-hitter in the nightcap victory.
"You just have to hit the reset button when the first game goes like that," said Jason Grilli, who pitched two shutout innings in Detroit's win.
The split, combined with a win by the Yankees, left the Tigers four games behind New York in the AL wild-card race. The Tigers fell 6½ games behind first-place Cleveland in the AL Central. The Indians beat Chicago 8-3.
The split, combined with a win by the Yankees, left the Tigers four games behind New York in the AL wild-card race. The Tigers entered the day six games behind first-place Cleveland in the AL Central.
"We're a huge, huge long shot for the division, but we've got a legitimate chance at the wild card," Leyland said. "We've got to keep taking care of business and, obviously, we'll need some help."
Jurrjens (2-1) was making his fourth major league start, and hadn't pitched since Aug. 26 because of shoulder problems. He was activated from the disabled list before the game, and gave up one run and three hits in five innings.
"I was getting stiff between innings because of the cold wind, but I wasn't hurting on the mound," he said. "I just wanted to get through five innings."
The Rangers went up 1-0 on Marlon Byrd's sacrifice fly in the first inning of the nightcap, but Brandon McCarthy (5-9) couldn't survive the bottom of the inning.
Curtis Granderson started the inning with a walk, stole second and third and scored on Gary Sheffield's one-out RBI single. Sheffield's hit ended an 0-for-25 slump, his longest since an 0-for-29 skid in 2002.
After Sheffield stole second, Magglio Ordonez hit an RBI single and Ivan Rodriguez made it 3-0 with a two-out double, ending McCarthy's day.
"I felt fine, I just wasn't throwing well," McCarthy said. "I just couldn't make the pitches I wanted."
The Tigers added a run in the second on an RBI single by Placido Polanco. Todd Jones pitched a perfect ninth for his 34th save in 39 chances.
Sheffield, Rodriguez and Polanco all sat out the first game, when Detroit couldn't build on Monday's dramatic four-run rally in the ninth to beat Toronto.
The second-game loss ended Texas' season-best winning streak at six games, but they have won 13 of 16. The Rangers scored 52 runs in a stretch of three doubleheader games, starting with last month's historic 30-3 rout of Baltimore.
"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.
The teams combined to use 48 players in the doubleheader. ... Rapada has faced eight batters as a Tiger and retired only three. ... The Rangers activated McCarthy (shoulder) from the DL on Tuesday, but he responded with the Rangers' shortest start since Adam Eaton in August 2006.