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Detroit at Texas

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Detroit (52-47)030000000373
Texas (56-42) «04011100x790

Rangers 7, Tigers 3

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers got a tag-team effort from their bullpen.

Doug Mathis came out of the bullpen to give Texas four innings in an emergency spot start, and four other relievers shut out Detroit on one hit the rest of the way as the Rangers beat the Tigers 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Ex-Tiger Jason Grilli (1-1) pitched two perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts to pick up the decision.

"If we continue to develop our roles as we have, I put our bullpen against anyone in the big leagues," Grilli said. "I think we thrive on that fact. Pitching and defense is what matters and we've been doing that well and I think our offense thrives off of that."

Normally a long reliever, Mathis made his second start of the season and sixth of his career for Texas in place of Vicente Padilla, still weak from swine flu and scratched from the start about 3½ hours prior to gametime.

Mathis allowed three runs and six hits in four innings. Grilli, Eddie Guardado, Darren O'Day and Guillermo Moscoso went the rest of the way, with Texas retiring 15 straight from the fourth through the eighth.

"It shows what character we have out there," Guardado said. "We needed everyone to step up. We all did our part and contributed to this win."

Ian Kinsler drove in three runs, and rookie Elvis Andrus homered and had three hits for the Rangers.

Kinsler, who was in a huge funk at the plate that shrunk his batting average from .272 to .242., highlighted a four-run second with a two-run triple. Kinsler began the night with 16 hits in his previous 103 at-bats.

Kinsler left the game before the seventh with a mildly strained left hamstring and will be evaluated on Wednesday.

The Rangers have taken two straight from the Tigers after dropping the previous seven meetings and have won eight of nine overall.

Detroit is 4-8 since the All-Star break and its sputtering offense has scored three runs or less eight times in that span. The Tigers have lost three straight and seven in a row on the road.

Mathis had been tough out of the bullpen, pitching 17 scoreless innings in relief since he was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on June 3.

But Detroit ended Mathis' consecutive scoreless innings streak at 18 with a three-run second on Ramon Santiago's RBI double and Dusty Ryan's two-run single.

Texas answered with a four-run second off rookie Luke French -- all with two out -- on Andrus' run-scoring single, Kinsler's two-run triple and Michael Young's RBI double.

"The kiss of death was when we scored three and come right back out and give 'em four," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "That pretty much sums it up."

Kinsler's sacrifice fly in the fourth and slumping Josh Hamilton's RBI single in the fifth ended an 0-for-17 slide to make it 6-3.

Leyland continues to be mystified by his team's lack of offense. Detroit's team batting average of .255 is tied for 11th in the AL.

"I've got a lot of confidence in our offense," Leyland said. "It's sputtered most of the year, to be honest with you. I still have confidence in 'em based on the track records, but at some point you've got to do it."

Notes

Home plate umpire Andy Fletcher warned both dugouts in the seventh after Guardado threw an inside pitch to Adam Everett. Miner had thrown a pitch behind Kinsler in the sixth, drawing a reaction from the Texas dugout. Leyland questioned a pitch behind Clete Thomas' head thrown by Grilli in the fifth after Thomas had hit a foul ball deep into the seats. "I didn't like that pitch," Leyland said. "I have no problem with people pitching inside. That's part of the game. But when a guy hits a loud foul and the next pitch is right behind your head and you don't throw any other wild pitches, it looks suspicious. I'm not accusing anyone of anything. But it looks suspicious.". ... Santiago fouled a ball off his right shin in the fourth and was replaced at SS by Everett in the bottom of the inning. Santiago is listed as day to day. ... Andrus, who's 20, stole his 20th base in the fourth, becoming the 10th player in major league history to reach the mark before his 21st birthday.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

E. Andrus
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4000003 .257
Placido Polanco, 2B4000000 .260
Clete Thomas, LF4000010 .255
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4120010 .328
Carlos Guillen, DH4010012 .227
Magglio Ordonez, RF3110111 .261
Brandon Inge, 3B4010033 .254
Ramon Santiago, SS2111012 .253
    Adam Everett, SS2000011 .242
Dusty Ryan, C3012010 .182
Totals34373110  
Batting
2B - Ramon Santiago (5, Mathis)
RBI - Ramon Santiago (26), Dusty Ryan 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Ramon Santiago (10), Dusty Ryan 2 (3)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Miguel Cabrera (6, Throwing), Adam Everett (10, Throwing), Ramon Santiago (5, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Luke French (L,1-2) 5865220 3.38
Zach Miner 3111011 4.58
IBB - A. Jones by Luke French
Pitches-Strikes - Luke French 88-57, Zach Miner 41-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke French 2-12, Zach Miner 4-5
Batters Faced - Luke French 26, Zach Miner 11
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B3113000 .242
    Omar Vizquel, 2B1000000 .274
Michael Young, 3B4011000 .321
Marlon Byrd, LF4110003 .279
Nelson Cruz, RF4000013 .265
Hank Blalock, 1B4010021 .254
Andruw Jones, DH3110101 .230
Josh Hamilton, CF4011002 .224
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C3100102 .240
Elvis Andrus, SS4332000 .263
Totals3479723  
Batting
2B - Michael Young (30, French), Marlon Byrd (31, French), Hank Blalock (17, French), Andruw Jones (14, French)
3B - Ian Kinsler (3, French)
HR - Elvis Andrus (4, Miner)
SF - Ian Kinsler (5)
RBI - Ian Kinsler 3 (63), Michael Young (43), Josh Hamilton (29), Elvis Andrus 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler 2 (19), Michael Young (13), Josh Hamilton (8), Elvis Andrus (7)
SB - Elvis Andrus (20, 3rd base off French/Ryan)
Team LOB - 6
Texas Rangers
Doug Mathis 4633140 2.42
Jason Grilli (W,1-2) 2000030 3.79
Eddie Guardado 1000010 3.64
Darren O'Day 1000000 1.70
Guillermo Moscoso 1100020 3.60
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Mathis 79-52, Jason Grilli 22-15, Eddie Guardado 15-9, Darren O'Day 14-9, Guillermo Moscoso 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Mathis 3-5, Jason Grilli 1-2, Darren O'Day 1-2
Batters Faced - Doug Mathis 19, Jason Grilli 6, Eddie Guardado 3, Darren O'Day 3, Guillermo Moscoso 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21615
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Tim McClelland