Texas at Detroit

W: J. Verlander (1-3) L: V. Padilla (2-2)
HR: TEX - F. Catalanotto (2)   DET - M. Ordonez (3), M. Cabrera (4), R. Santiago (1)

Tigers crush Rangers, give Verlander first victory

CBSSports.com wire reports

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers know they have a lot of power in their lineup. They just didn't count Ramon Santiago among their sluggers -- until Tuesday night.

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."

Magglio Ordonez also homered, giving him 1,000 RBI for his career, while Edgar Renteria had four hits.

"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."

After Frank Catalanotto's second-inning home run made it 1-0, the Tigers came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning on a run-scoring groundout by Brandon Inge and Santiago's RBI double.

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.


  • Leyland announced after the game that Carlos Guillen and Cabrera were going to switch positions, effective immediately. Guillen, who moved from shortstop to first base this season, will now go to third, with Cabrera going to first.
  • CF Curtis Granderson, playing his last minor league rehab game while recovering from a broken hand, left his game Tuesday with Class A West Michigan with tightness in his legs. Leyland said that Granderson will report to the Tigers on Wednesday, and undergo an evaluation before any decision is made about his return to the lineup.
  • Padilla had never lost to Detroit, going 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA in four starts before Tuesday.
Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
Justin Verlander endures two tricky innings before finding his rhythm ... and his first victory.  (AP)
Justin Verlander endures two tricky innings before finding his rhythm ... and his first victory. (AP)

Players of the Game

E. Renteria
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 0

R. Santiago
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

Related Video

Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B5110012 .267
Michael Young, SS4010012 .259
    Ramon Vazquez, SS1000000 .200
Josh Hamilton, CF3011110 .306
Milton Bradley, DH3010111 .328
Hank Blalock, 3B4000024 .311
Frank Catalanotto, LF3111000 .250
   a- Jason Botts, PH-LF0000100 .167
David Murphy, RF4000001 .276
Gerald Laird, C3020100 .246
Ben Broussard, 1B4010013 .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
Texas Rangers
Vicente Padilla (L,2-2) 3877123 4.97
Josh Rupe 4333120 6.00
Wes Littleton 1000300 2.35
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
Detroit Tigers
Clete Thomas, CF4011000 .295
Ivan Rodriguez, C4101013 .257
Carlos Guillen, 1B4000112 .314
Magglio Ordonez, RF4111111 .269
    Marcus Thames, RF0000000 .172
Miguel Cabrera, DH4112101 .267
Jacque Jones, LF3220100 .208
    Ryan Raburn, LF1000003 .250
Edgar Renteria, SS4241000 .333
Brandon Inge, 3B3201012 .246
Ramon Santiago, 2B3123101 .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
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander (W,1-3) 6611231 5.93
Zach Miner 0.1211010 13.06
Bobby Seay 1.1000120 3.86
Denny Bautista 0.1000100 0.96
Jason Grilli 1000010 4.22
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
Game Information
Attendance - 33629
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Marvin Hudson