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D-Train is back: Willis stumps Rangers for first win with Detroit

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- Dontrelle Willis finally won again after nearly 20 months.

Willis allowed one hit while working into the seventh inning of Detroit's 4-0 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. It was the Tigers' fourth straight win and snapped Texas' seven-game winning streak.

Willis (1-0), making his second start since coming off the disabled list with an anxiety disorder, struck out five in 6 1/3 innings to win for the first time since Sept. 25, 2007. He allowed two baserunners in the first inning, then retired 17 straight.

"He was tremendous," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Hopefully we can build on that."

Andruw Jones' walk with one out in the seventh ended Willis' run of retired batters and his outing. Willis left to a loud ovation and four relievers finished the shutout.

"I appreciate it," Willis said of the cheers. "Now that I feel healthy and strong, I think I can start building some trust out there."

Willis' last win came against the Chicago Cubs when he was still pitching for the Florida Marlins. He began Tuesday's game with a 7.71 ERA but trimmed it to 3.27 by the time he walked off the mound for good.

The 2003 NL Rookie of the Year was acquired by Detroit from Florida in a blockbuster deal that also landed slugger Miguel Cabrera. But Willis was a mess last season, with a 9.38 ERA in only 24 innings. He missed most of the season with a right knee injury and battled control problems when he was on the mound.

"I think he's in the process of working himself back," Leyland added. "We're going to take our time with it and let it develop."

Brandon McCarthy (3-2) allowed four runs and nine hits in the first seven innings and lost for the second time in as many decisions.

The Rangers never could seem to figure out Willis. Michael Young doubled in the first but the rest of the balls Texas lifted out of the infield were easy pickings for Detroit's outfielders.

"He threw the ball well," Rangers infielde Ian Kinsler said of Willis. "You never want to downplay it when somebody does that. He threw the ball well after all he's been through. He did a great job."

Detroit scored once in each of the first three innings on sacrifice flies by Jeff Larish and Gerald Laird and a Placido Polanco single. The fourth came on Miguel Cabrera's RBI double in the seventh.

The Tigers' pitching staff picked up its sixth shutout a season after posting just two.

The loss was the ninth straight at Comerica Park for the Rangers, whom the Tigers swept April 10-12 in their first home series of the season. Detroit, which swept Oakland over the weekend, reached the 10-hit plateau for the fourth time in as many games.

Notes

  • The shutout loss was Texas' first in Detroit since Aug. 30, 1999.
  • Rangers All-Star CF Josh Hamilton missed the game to rest the sore right groin muscle he irritated Sunday. He and manager Ron Washington said the ailment wasn't serious.
  • Tigers OF Wilkin Ramirez, who shares the International League stolen bases lead (14), will make his major-league debut Wednesday as the designated hitter, manager Jim Leyland said. Ramirez was recalled from Triple-A Toledo early Tuesday to replace Magglio Ordonez (bereavement list).
  • Joyce Stearnes Thompson, daughter of Hall of Famer Norman "Turkey" Stearnes, sang the national anthem.
 
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Dontrelle Willis finally has a victory to his credit in a Tigers uniform.  (AP)
Dontrelle Willis finally has a victory to his credit in a Tigers uniform. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

D. Willis
IP 6.1
H 1
ER 0
BB 2
K 5
Texas

B. McCarthy
IP 7.0
H 9
ER 3
BB 3
K 4
 
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4000000 .306
Elvis Andrus, SS4000000 .266
Michael Young, 3B4010000 .349
Andruw Jones, DH1000210 .292
Marlon Byrd, CF3000013 .302
David Murphy, LF3000011 .194
Nelson Cruz, RF3000010 .265
Chris Davis, 1B3000020 .221
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C3000020 .260
Totals2801028  
Batting
2B - Michael Young (15, Willis)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Brandon McCarthy (1, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Brandon McCarthy (L,3-2) 7943340 5.60
Kris Benson 1100000 7.80
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 118-72, Kris Benson 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 8-9, Kris Benson 1-2
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 33, Kris Benson 4
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5020001 .263
Placido Polanco, 2B3111100 .266
Clete Thomas, RF4110012 .306
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3121100 .381
Jeff Larish, DH2001111 .263
Brandon Inge, 3B4010004 .278
Josh Anderson, LF4010000 .294
Gerald Laird, C3011010 .222
Ramon Santiago, SS4110013 .345
Totals32410434  
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera (8, McCarthy), Ramon Santiago (4, McCarthy)
SF - Jeff Larish (1), Gerald Laird (2)
RBI - Placido Polanco (16), Miguel Cabrera (31), Jeff Larish (6), Gerald Laird (10)
2-OUT RBI - Placido Polanco (7), Miguel Cabrera (15)
CS - Curtis Granderson (2, 2nd base by McCarthy/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 9
Detroit Tigers
Dontrelle Willis (W,1-0) 6.1100250 3.27
Brandon Lyon (H,1) 0.1000010 6.75
Bobby Seay (H,9) 0.1000000 5.25
Joel Zumaya 1000020 1.59
Fernando Rodney 1000000 3.94
Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 100-61, Brandon Lyon 6-5, Bobby Seay 6-4, Joel Zumaya 11-8, Fernando Rodney 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 7-7, Fernando Rodney 3-0
Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 22, Brandon Lyon 1, Bobby Seay 1, Joel Zumaya 3, Fernando Rodney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23756
Game Time - 2:20
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Bill Welke