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Santiago homered for the first time since 2003 and drove in three runs to help the Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 10-2.
"I put a pretty good swing on that one," Santiago said of his 380-foot home run down the right-field line. "I wasn't expecting to hit one that far."
Manager Jim Leyland appreciated the home run, but doesn't want his soft-hitting utility infielder thinking about hitting more.
"If he starts hitting the ball in the air, he's going to be in big trouble," Leyland said. "It's OK if you hit them that far, but he's not going to hit many that far."
"We know our offense is capable of doing this, but we have to do it on a consistent basis," Leyland said. "This was a good step, but we've done this before and then gone back into a slump."
The Rangers are 2-10 since April 11.
"We're in a funk," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "First it was our defense, and now it is the pitching. It seems to have come all the way around on us."
Justin Verlander (1-3) struggled early, giving up five hits in the first two innings, but got out of it with only one run allowed. He blanked the Rangers in his last four innings, giving up one more hit, to lower his season ERA to 5.93.
"I had some trouble with my command early, but I expected that, because I've made some adjustments since my last start," he said. "This isn't exactly what I wanted -- I want to be going more than six innings -- but I'll take it."
Vicente Padilla (2-2) allowed seven runs and eight hits in three innings. Seven of the hits went for extra bases, including three home runs.
"I had a couple good innings, and then things went wrong," Padilla said through an interpreter. "I didn't make any pitches. I don't feel bad, because it was just one outing, but I have to work to get better."
The Tigers took control with five runs in the third. With one out, Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back home runs over the left-field bullpens, and Jacque Jones followed with a triple to center.
Renteria's single made it 5-1, and Santiago increased the margin to six with Detroit's third home run of the inning and his first since Aug. 1, 2003.
"He just lost his focus," Washington said of Padilla, who was removed after the inning. "He's been great for us since spring. This was just a bad night for him."
Josh Hamilton's sacrifice fly made it 7-2 in the seventh, but the Tigers put the game away with three runs in the eighth.
|Justin Verlander endures two tricky innings before finding his rhythm ... and his first victory. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ian Kinsler, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||1||2||.267|
|Michael Young, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.259|
|Ramon Vazquez, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Josh Hamilton, CF||3||0||1||1||1||1||0||.306|
|Milton Bradley, DH||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.328|
|Hank Blalock, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.311|
|Frank Catalanotto, LF||3||1||1||1||0||0||0||.250|
|a- Jason Botts, PH-LF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.167|
|David Murphy, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.276|
|Gerald Laird, C||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||.246|
|Ben Broussard, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.175|
|a-walked for Catalanotto in the 8th|
|HR - Frank Catalanotto (2, Verlander)|
|SF - Josh Hamilton (4)|
|RBI - Josh Hamilton (20), Frank Catalanotto (4)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Vicente Padilla (L,2-2)||3||8||7||7||1||2||3||4.97|
|HBP - Thomas (by Vicente Padilla), Rodriguez (by Josh Rupe), Inge (by Josh Rupe)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 69-46, Josh Rupe 55-31, Wes Littleton 17-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 7-0, Josh Rupe 6-3, Wes Littleton 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 19, Josh Rupe 17, Wes Littleton 6|
|Clete Thomas, CF||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.295|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||4||1||0||1||0||1||3||.257|
|Carlos Guillen, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||1||2||.314|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||4||1||1||1||1||1||1||.269|
|Marcus Thames, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.172|
|Miguel Cabrera, DH||4||1||1||2||1||0||1||.267|
|Jacque Jones, LF||3||2||2||0||1||0||0||.208|
|Ryan Raburn, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.250|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||4||2||4||1||0||0||0||.333|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||3||2||0||1||0||1||2||.246|
|Ramon Santiago, 2B||3||1||2||3||1||0||1||.467|
|2B - Clete Thomas (4, Padilla), Jacque Jones (1, Rupe), Edgar Renteria (4, Padilla), Ramon Santiago (2, Padilla)|
|3B - Jacque Jones (1, Padilla)|
|HR - Magglio Ordonez (3, Padilla), Miguel Cabrera (4, Padilla), Ramon Santiago (1, Padilla)|
|RBI - Clete Thomas (5), Ivan Rodriguez (9), Magglio Ordonez (8), Miguel Cabrera 2 (15), Edgar Renteria (14), Brandon Inge (12), Ramon Santiago 3 (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera (5), Ramon Santiago 3 (3)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Justin Verlander (W,1-3)||6||6||1||1||2||3||1||5.93|
|Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 110-65, Zach Miner 15-10, Bobby Seay 32-21, Denny Bautista 10-5, Jason Grilli 17-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 9-6, Bobby Seay 1-1, Jason Grilli 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 26, Zach Miner 3, Bobby Seay 5, Denny Bautista 2, Jason Grilli 3|
|Attendance - 33629|
|Game Time - 3:04|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Marvin Hudson|