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Tigers 4, Rangers 3

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- Once again, the Detroit Tigers found a way to spoil the Texas Rangers' trip to Comerica Park.

The Tigers stuck with Edwin Jackson, even after he'd allowed Texas to tie Thursday's game. The right-hander, with plenty of help from Miguel Cabrera, rewarded the club's faith.

Jackson worked out of further trouble and Cabrera hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning to help the Tigers win their sixth straight game, 4-3 over the Rangers.

Curtis Granderson and Clete Thomas homered for Detroit, which completed its second sweep of Texas this season and has beaten the Rangers 11 times in a row at home.

The Rangers arrived in Detroit this week with a seven-game winning streak, but managed only seven runs in their three losses.

"We just got beat," manager Ron Washington said. "In the last two games, we were one hit away from the game being different.

"Today, we were one hit away from the game being different on three different occasions. We just couldn't get the knock," he said.

Fernando Rodney earned his eighth save in as many chances, getting Michael Young to ground into a game-ending double play with runners at first and third.

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Jackson (4-2) won his third straight start, throwing a career-high 132 pitches in eight innings.

Manager Jim Leyland visited the mound before the Rangers tied the game, but said he had no intentions of pulling Jackson, even during the rocky eighth.

"He's a warrior," Leyland said. "I felt like he deserved to be out there."

Jackson was a strike away from escaping the inning with a 3-1 lead, but Nelson Cruz hit a two-run double. With runners at the corners, Jackson struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia to end the threat.

"It would've been easy to go to the 'pen," Jackson said of Leyland's decision to stick with him, "but I'm glad he had that confidence. It rubs off on a pitcher."

Jackson gave up seven hits, walked five and struck out seven. He has a 1.64 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his last three starts.

Kevin Millwood (4-4) took the complete-game loss, giving up six hits. He lost a complete game 2-0 to Kansas City's Zack Greinke earlier this year.

With the score 3-all, Millwood retired the first two batters in the eighth. Placido Polanco singled, Thomas walked on a full count and Cabrera singled.

David Murphy hit a solo homer in the Texas first. Thomas tied it in the bottom half with his first home run of the season.

The Rangers loaded the bases with one out in the second, but Elvis Andrus flied out to shallow right and Thomas made a perfect throw to catch Cruz at the plate.

Millwood walked the leadoff man in the third and gave up Granderson's 11th homer of the season a batter later.

Notes

  • Detroit sent OF Wilkin Ramirez back to Triple-A Toledo after the game to make room for RF Magglio Ordonez (bereavement list), who will join the club for Friday's game against Colorado.
  • Texas' five stolen bases were its most since Aug. 6, 2001.
  • Rangers CF Josh Hamilton (groin) missed his third straight start but manager Washington said he hoped to have the All-Star and closer Frank Francisco (shoulder) back when Texas plays Friday night in Houston.
  • Leyland said OF Marcus Thames (rib cage strain) should begin a rehab assignment at Toledo next week.
 
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Miguel Cabrera's lone hit wins it for Detroit, which sweeps Texas for the second time this year. (AP)
Miguel Cabrera's lone hit wins it for Detroit, which sweeps Texas for the second time this year. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

C. Granderson
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Texas

D. Murphy
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B5010022 .295
David Murphy, LF3231200 .233
Michael Young, 3B5000015 .335
Hank Blalock, DH4110001 .237
Marlon Byrd, CF4000002 .291
Nelson Cruz, RF4022000 .278
Chris Davis, 1B2000220 .212
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C3000132 .252
Elvis Andrus, SS3010103 .270
Totals3338368  
Batting
2B - Hank Blalock (8, Jackson), Nelson Cruz (8, Jackson), Elvis Andrus (3, Jackson)
HR - David Murphy (2, Jackson)
RBI - David Murphy (9), Nelson Cruz 2 (25)
2-OUT RBI - Nelson Cruz 2 (11)
SB - Ian Kinsler (10, 3rd base off Jackson/Sardinha), David Murphy (2, 2nd base off Jackson/Sardinha), Nelson Cruz 2 (6, 2nd base off Jackson/Sardinha, 3rd base off Jackson/Sardinha), Elvis Andrus (5, 3rd base off Jackson/Sardinha)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Kinsler-Andrus-Davis
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood (L,4-4) 8644432 3.12
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 120-73
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 9-10
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 32
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3112100 .258
Placido Polanco, 2B4110002 .265
Clete Thomas, RF3111100 .302
Miguel Cabrera, DH4011000 .381
Jeff Larish, 1B4010002 .256
Brandon Inge, 3B2000101 .280
Josh Anderson, LF3000001 .288
Adam Everett, SS2110101 .311
Dane Sardinha, C3000032 .053
Totals2846443  
Batting
HR - Curtis Granderson (11, Millwood), Clete Thomas (1, Millwood)
RBI - Curtis Granderson 2 (26), Clete Thomas (6), Miguel Cabrera (32)
2-OUT RBI - Clete Thomas (6), Miguel Cabrera (16)
SB - Adam Everett (3, 2nd base off Millwood/Saltalamacchia)
CS - Jeff Larish (1, 2nd base by Millwood/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Clete Thomas 1
DP - Thomas-Sardinha, Polanco-Everett-Larish
Detroit Tigers
Edwin Jackson (W,4-2) 8733571 2.55
Fernando Rodney (S,8) 1100110 3.50
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 132-78, Fernando Rodney 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 6-10, Fernando Rodney 1-0
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 35, Fernando Rodney 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34356
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Scott Barry