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Detroit at Texas

W: P. Coke (3-0) L: N. Feliz (1-1)
S: J. Valverde (6)
HR: DET - B. Inge (1), M. Cabrera (5), B. Inge (2)   TEX - J. Hamilton (2)

Cabrera, Inge go back-to-back as Tigers recover for win

CBSSports.com wire reports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Neftali Feliz got his first opportunity to pitch on consecutive days for the Texas Rangers.

The second go-round wasn't very good for the youngster who often throws 100-mph fastballs.

Feliz gave up back-to-back homers to Miguel Cabrera and Brandon Inge in the ninth inning Monday night and the Detroit Tigers beat the Rangers 8-6 after blowing a five-run lead.

"It wasn't the result I expected. It wasn't a good result, but I was feeling good," Feliz said through an intepreter. "It wasn't the pitches. It was the location of the pitches, it wasn't where I wanted to locate."

Cabrera's homer came on a 95-mph fastball, the hardest of the right-hander's 15 pitches Monday -- and faster than any of the seven pitches the 21-year-old Feliz (1-1) threw to get three outs Sunday in another non-save situation. Inge hit a 94-mph pitch for his second homer of the game.

"We knew he was tough," Cabrera said. "You have to be patient and make contact. He throws so hard that if you make contact, it can go out, especially in this ballpark."

Cabrera's tiebreaking homer was a 399-foot shot that landed in the Rangers' bullpen in right-center. Inge followed with a blast to left.

Inge's two-run shot in the fifth, his first of the season, put Detroit up 6-1.

"Sometimes you hit a spurt where no matter where you hit it, it ends up being an out. But that ends eventually," a relieved Inge said. "You try not to get too frustrated with things. I felt it was a matter of time. I needed to relax."

Left-hander Phil Coke (3-0), the third Tigers pitcher, worked 1 2/3 shutout innings before Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth against the top of the Texas lineup for his sixth save in seven chances.

Coke took over with one out in the seventh after the Rangers had loaded the bases off Joel Zumaya. Coke struck out Josh Hamilton on three pitches before giving up a two-run single to Vladimir Guerrero that that tied it at 6.

David Murphy had a two-run double and a run-saving catch after he entered the game for Texas in the top of the sixth for right fielder Nelson Cruz, who reaggravated a right hamstring that has bothered him the past week. The Rangers said Cruz is day to day.

Detroit, which wrapped up a 5-6 roadtrip, led 4-0 after the first four batters of the game reached and scored off Matt Harrison.

"I was maybe trying to overthrow," Harrison said. "Before the game, I felt good."

Austin Jackson, the rookie center fielder playing not far from his hometown in Denton, had a leadoff single before consecutive walks. Cabrera had an RBI single, then Ryan Raburn cleared the bases with a one-out double -- a ball high off the 14-foot wall in left-center field that would have been a grand slam if only a few feet higher or to the right where the height of the wall decreases to eight feet.

Tigers starter Jeremy Bonderman retired the first 11 batters he faced until Hamilton homered in the fourth to make it 4-1. After getting his first day off Sunday, Hamilton's second homer of the season ended a 6 for 36 slide and he added a single and scored again in the sixth before his strikeout in the seventh and a game-ending lineout.

Hamilton and Guerrero had consecutive two-out singles in the sixth before David Murphy's two-run double made it 6-4.

Murphy's defensive gem ended the eighth when he sprinted into the right-center field gap and extended to grab Johnny Damon's liner. Damon had already extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the second.

A wild pitch by Bonderman in the fifth, very high and outside, allowed a run after Cruz had a leadoff double and moved to third on Justin Smoak's double that was his first major league hit. Cruz said his hamstring tightened when he raced home, but said afterward that he was already feeling better.

Bonderman struck out three, walked one and gave up six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Harrison allowed six runs over six innings, with five strikeouts and three walks.

"We clawed our way back, got back in the game," Rangers third baseman Michael Young said. "Sooner or later, we're going to find a way to put everything on the same page, offense, pitching and defense."


  • Smoak drew a walk in the sixth, the last batter faced by Bonderman. That gave Smoak at least one walk in each of his first four career games, a Rangers record and the first player in the majors to do that since Evan Longoria for Tampa Bay in 2008.
  • Tigers SS Adam Everett (mild right hamstring strain) missed his second straight game.
  • Tigers manager Jim Leyland said RHP Zach Miner, who has been on the disabled list with a right elbow problem since spring training, is throwing off a mound and "is about ready to pitch."
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Miguel Cabrera rounds the bases after connecting off Rangers phenom Neftali Feliz (background).  (AP)
Miguel Cabrera rounds the bases after connecting off Rangers phenom Neftali Feliz (background). (AP)

Players of the Game

B. Inge
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2

V. Guerrero
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Game Information
Attendance - 16381
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Adrian Johnson