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Ordonez belts two homers to lead Tigers to fourth straight win

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DETROIT -- Magglio Ordonez and the Detroit Tigers are starting to hit the way they hoped. Staying healthy, that's the tricky part.

Ordonez hit two of the Tigers' five home runs Thursday, and Detroit finished off a convincing three-game sweep with an 8-2 win over the Texas Rangers.

The Tigers outscored Texas 37-10 in the series and have won four in a row overall. Texas has lost seven straight.

"We knew this was going to be a good lineup," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Now we're getting some big hits from the top of the order, and we're also getting a lot from the bottom guys. That's what happens -- hitting gets contagious."

Ordonez isn't surprised that the Tigers offense has come alive.

"It was just a matter of time," he said. "Now we'll get into our momentum -- our rhythm. We're going to start winning."

Leyland, though, faces yet another injury shuffle after left fielder Jacque Jones bruised his knee when he bumped into the fence in the fourth inning. Jones joined Carlos Guillen (knee) and Gary Sheffield (shoulder) on the bench.

Jones said that he didn't expect to miss much time, but Guillen was having trouble walking around the clubhouse after fouling a pitch off his knee the day before.

"I don't think there's any chance for tomorrow," said Guillen, who is scheduled to move to third base. "I don't know after that."

The Rangers have lost 12 of 14. Thursday's loss ended a nine-game road trip.

"It will be good to go home and see if we can get something going," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "Detroit has a great lineup, and if you give them an opportunity, someone's going to take it."

For the second day in a row, Detroit's hitting was enough to overcome a bad outing by a key pitcher. After Kenny Rogers only lasted 3 1/3 innings in a 19-6 win, Jeremy Bonderman needed 111 pitchers to get through 4 1/3 innings.

Bonderman only allowed two hits, but hit a batter and walked a career-worst seven.

"I was joking with Kenny that he and Bondo were taking years off my life," Leyland said.

Zach Miner, though, followed with 3 1/3 hitless innings after entering the game with a 13.06 ERA.

"I felt like I owed the starters at least one game like that," he said.

Jason Jennings (0-4) allowed five runs on five hits and five walks in five innings, raising his ERA to 7.46 in five starts.

"This has been tough for us," said Jennings, who allowed both of Ordonez's homers. "I threw well for four innings, but then I made another bad pitch to Ordonez. This wasn't a good day."

Michael Young homered for Texas in the first, as did Curtis Granderson for the Tigers.

Bonderman's control problems caught up with him in the fifth. After hitting Frank Catalanotto with a pitch and allowing a two-out single to Hank Blalock, Bonderman walked Jason Botts to load the bases, then walked David Murphy to force home the tying run.

"We were trying to milk Jeremy through five, but I just couldn't wait any longer," Leyland said. "You have to manage to win the game."

Ordonez, who hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the third, made it 5-2 with a three-run homer off Jennings in the fifth. Brandon Inge and Ryan Raburn hit consecutive home runs against Kazuo Fukumori in the next inning.

Notes

  • Sheffield received another cortisone shot in his shoulder Thursday, but wasn't sure when he might return to the lineup.
  • The Rangers made a pair of roster moves before the game to try to bolster an overworked bullpen. They brought up Fukumori and Scott Feldman, optioned Wes Littleton to Triple-A Oklahoma and placed Kason Gabbard (back) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 22.
 
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Magglio Ordonez clobbers one of his two homers during the Tigers' 8-2 win.  (AP)
Magglio Ordonez clobbers one of his two homers during the Tigers' 8-2 win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Ordonez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Texas

M. Young
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Texas Rangers
Frank Catalanotto, LF4110011 .263
Michael Young, SS4121101 .286
Josh Hamilton, RF5000022 .293
Hank Blalock, 3B4010114 .293
Jason Botts, DH1000301 .138
David Murphy, CF3001112 .277
Adam Melhuse, C4000035 .200
Ben Broussard, 1B3000111 .161
Ramon Vazquez, 2B2000112 .158
   a- German Duran, PH1000000 .111
Totals31242810  
a-grounded out for Vazquez in the 9th
Batting
HR - Michael Young (3, Bonderman)
RBI - Michael Young (8), David Murphy (7)
2-OUT RBI - David Murphy (4)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Blalock-Vazquez-Broussard
Texas Rangers
Jason Jennings (L,0-4) 5555543 7.46
Kazuo Fukumori 2.1533012 20.25
Franklyn German 0.2000010 0.82
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Jennings 82-44, Kazuo Fukumori 39-25, Franklyn German 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Jennings 4-5, Kazuo Fukumori 2-4
Batters Faced - Jason Jennings 23, Kazuo Fukumori 12, Franklyn German 2
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4111102 .375
Placido Polanco, 2B3100110 .140
Marcus Thames, RF3110100 .182
Magglio Ordonez, DH4234010 .294
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4110001 .262
Jacque Jones, LF1000110 .222
    Ramon Santiago, 3B2000001 .350
Edgar Renteria, SS4011013 .337
Brandon Inge, C3121100 .270
Ryan Raburn, 3B-LF4111023 .250
Totals32810856  
Batting
2B - Edgar Renteria (5, Fukumori)
HR - Curtis Granderson (1, J. Jennings), Magglio Ordonez 2 (5, J. Jennings, J. Jennings), Brandon Inge (3, Fukumori), Ryan Raburn (1, Fukumori)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (3), Magglio Ordonez 4 (14), Edgar Renteria (15), Brandon Inge (14), Ryan Raburn (4)
2-OUT RBI - Magglio Ordonez 4 (9), Brandon Inge (5), Ryan Raburn (1)
CS - Curtis Granderson (1, 2nd base by J. Jennings/Melhuse)
Team LOB - 5
Detroit Tigers
Jeremy Bonderman 4.2222771 4.28
Zach Miner (W,1-1) 3.1000130 9.88
Bobby Seay 1200000 3.38
HBP - Catalanotto (by Jeremy Bonderman)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 111-56, Zach Miner 45-29, Bobby Seay 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 3-4, Zach Miner 4-3, Bobby Seay 3-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 24, Zach Miner 11, Bobby Seay 5
Game Information
Attendance - 39058
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Brian Knight