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Tigers rally in eighth as Rangers waste strong Millwood start

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DETROIT -- Brandon Inge was sure glad when Kevin Millwood left the game Sunday.

Inge homered and hit a two-run single in a six-run eighth inning, helping the Detroit Tigers rally for a 6-4 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Millwood threw seven shutout innings before handing a 4-0 lead over to C.J. Wilson, who failed to make it out of the eighth.

"Millwood was doing a great job of shutting us down, so we were glad to get to their bullpen," Inge said. "Our pitchers kept us in the game against some massive hitters, which is the key, because we've got a great offense."

Carlos Guillen also had a two-run double for Detroit, which swept the three-game series. Placido Polanco went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Miguel Cabrera had two hits.

Brandon Lyon (1-1) threw two perfect innings and Fernando Rodney got three outs for his second save in as many days. Detroit relievers have pitched seven innings in the past two games without allowing a baserunner.

"We've still got some bridging to do with our bullpen, but they have been tremendous in the last two days when we've needed them," manager Jim Leyland said. "That's their job -- don't let teams add on runs, so our offense has a chance at the end."

Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler hit two-run homers for Texas, which began the season by sweeping a three-game series at home against Cleveland. Millwood allowed just four hits and struck out six.

"I was able to get guys out when I needed them, but I threw too many pitches," Millwood said. "This is frustrating, because we start with a sweep at home and then get swept here."

Wilson (0-1) entered to pitch the eighth and Inge greeted him with his 100th career homer.

"I'd been pulling away from Millwood's cutter, so I wanted to stay on the plate and hit something hard to right," he said. "I wasn't thinking about a homer, but I'll take it."

After Adam Everett singled, Curtis Granderson hit a sinking liner that went under rookie shortstop Elvis Andrus' glove for an error. That put runners on first and second for Polanco, who chopped an RBI double over third base.

Wilson threw a called third strike past Magglio Ordonez for the first out and intentionally walked Cabrera to load the bases. Guillen followed with a double to tie it at 4.

"No one wants to face Cabrera the way he is hitting right now," Guillen said. "I'd walk him to pitch to me, but I had a good at-bat and got a good swing on a slider."

Warner Madrigal replaced Wilson, and intentionally walked pinch-hitter Marcus Thames. Gerald Laird struck out, but Inge bounced a two-run single up the middle to give the Tigers the lead.

"I just couldn't stop the bleeding," Wilson said. "They got some broken-bat hits and some solid ones, but you don't always get those breaks."

Hamilton hit his first homer in the first inning and Kinsler connected for his second of the season in the third.

The Rangers put two runners on in the fourth and fifth, but Edwin Jackson got out of both jams. Jackson allowed five hits in six innings.

"I made the two mistakes and got us in a hole, and then it was a matter of damage control," he said. "I know how good our offense is, so I just wanted to keep it close."

Notes

  • RHP Joel Zumaya (shoulder) threw one inning in a rehab appearance for Class A Lakeland. He walked the first two batters he faced and allowed two runs -- one earned -- but Leyland said he was happy with the reports of Zumaya's velocity.
  • Detroit's Jeremy Bonderman (blood clot) is expected to throw off a mound on Monday.
  • Guillen left the game after his eighth-inning double with recurring soreness in his right Achilles' tendon, but said he expects to be fine.
  • Inge has hit 56 of his 100 homers at Comerica Park, the most of any player since the stadium opened in 2000, and needs one game to become the 14th active player to have 1,000 career games with the same team.
 
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Brandon Inge caps the Tigers' six-run, eighth-inning rally with a two-run single.  (AP)
Brandon Inge caps the Tigers' six-run, eighth-inning rally with a two-run single. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

K. Millwood
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 0
K 6
Detroit

B. Inge
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B3112100 .348
Michael Young, 3B3110100 .273
Josh Hamilton, CF4112002 .286
Hank Blalock, DH4000002 .222
Nelson Cruz, RF4010000 .304
David Murphy, LF3000110 .000
Chris Davis, 1B4000011 .045
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C3000011 .167
Elvis Andrus, SS3110000 .294
Totals3145433  
Batting
2B - Michael Young (3, Jackson), Nelson Cruz (1, Jackson)
HR - Ian Kinsler (2, Jackson), Josh Hamilton (1, Jackson)
RBI - Ian Kinsler 2 (8), Josh Hamilton 2 (6)
SB - Elvis Andrus (1, 2nd base off Jackson/Laird)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Elvis Andrus (2, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood 7400060 0.64
C.J. Wilson (L,0-1) 0.1463111 10.80
Warner Madrigal 0.2100110 15.43
IBB - Cabrera by C.J. Wilson, Thames by Warner Madrigal
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 112-70, C.J. Wilson 24-13, Warner Madrigal 12-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 8-7, C.J. Wilson 1-0
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 25, C.J. Wilson 7, Warner Madrigal 4
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4100020 .241
Placido Polanco, 2B4131000 .346
Magglio Ordonez, RF4000014 .259
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3120100 .520
Carlos Guillen, LF4012012 .182
    Josh Anderson, PR-LF0100000 .000
Jeff Larish, DH3000011 .250
   a- Marcus Thames, PH-DH0000100 .273
Gerald Laird, C4000024 .318
Brandon Inge, 3B4123000 .304
Adam Everett, SS4110012 .238
Totals3469628  
a-was walked intentionally for Larish in the 8th
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco (3, Wilson), Carlos Guillen (2, Wilson)
HR - Brandon Inge (4, Wilson)
RBI - Placido Polanco (3), Carlos Guillen 2 (4), Brandon Inge 3 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Inge 2 (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Everett-Jackson
Detroit Tigers
Edwin Jackson 6544332 3.38
Brandon Lyon (W,1-1) 2000000 9.00
Fernando Rodney (S,2) 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 97-60, Brandon Lyon 17-12, Fernando Rodney 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 5-9, Brandon Lyon 3-3, Fernando Rodney 1-2
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 25, Brandon Lyon 6, Fernando Rodney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18905
Game Time - 2:26
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - Bill Hohn, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Gary Darling