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Scherzer tames Rangers to help Tigers snap seven-game skid

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers desperately needed a strong pitching performance to snap their longest losing streak of the season.

Max Scherzer came through for them.

Scherzer threw seven scoreless innings to help Detroit beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 on Wednesday night, ending a seven-game skid.

"He pitched a great ballgame," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "That's what it normally takes to break a string like this."

Offense helps, too.

Gerald Laird hit a two-run homer in the second inning then Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera drove in runs in the seventh.

Scherzer (7-7) gave up four hits and three walks -- throwing a career-high 123 pitches -- and won his sixth straight start at home.

"It was important for me to end the streak," Scherzer said.

Phil Coke pitched a perfect eighth and Jose Valverde had a shaky ninth. The All-Star closer walked Ian Kinsler, hit Vladimir Guerrero and allowed both to advance on a wild pitch. Josh Hamilton's groundout pulled Texas within three, but the threat ended when Nelson Cruz struck out and David Murphy grounded out.

"I was worried," Leyland said. "That's not like him, but he bounced back."

Colby Lewis (9-6) allowed four runs and nine hits over seven innings for the AL West-leading Rangers, who had won three straight.

"We went 5-2 and won two series against Boston and Detroit, so we're going home with our heads high," manager Ron Washington said. "Those aren't two teams that you can just expect to beat every night, and we won both series. Now we've got to go home and play four good games of baseball against the Angels and see what happens."

Texas will host second-place Los Angeles on Thursday night -- with Cliff Lee facing Jered Weaver -- and the newly acquired Lee is scheduled to start again against the Angels on Aug. 1 on the road.

Lewis walked Carlos Guillen to start the second inning, then allowed the light-hitting Laird to hit his fourth homer of the season and first in nearly a month on a 1-0 slider.

"When you hit that pitch out, I think there's some luck involved," Lewis said. "But he put a good swing on it."

Ordonez, who failed to drive in runs when he had chances in each of his first three at-bats, hit an RBI single and Cabrera followed with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Scherzer shut down the middle of Texas' lineup in the fourth after Michael Young led off the inning with a triple.

He stranded him by retiring Kinsler, Guerrero -- flailing on a nasty slider that started in and tailed low and away -- and Hamilton.

"When Mike leads off with a triple and we've got 3-4-5 coming up, we always think we're going to get at least one run out of it," Washington said. "You expect one of those three guys to do something, but give Scherzer credit. He got out of that. That could have changed the whole game, but good pitching stops hitting."

Notes

  • The Tigers recalled IF Scott Sizemore from Triple-A Toledo to give them another option at 3B with Brandon Inge (broken left hand) out 4-6 weeks and expect to start him when they begin a four-game set Thursday afternoon at home against Toronto.
  • Leyland said slumping rookie OF Brennan Boesch won't be in the lineup in the series opener for the Tigers after a second hitless game dropped him to 3 for 29 with no homers and one RBI since the break. "I tried to warn everybody that you're not going to hit .380 all year," Leyland said. "I'm going to give him a rest."
  • Kinsler has a 14-game hitting streak.
  • Detroit rookie Austin Jackson went 3 for 4 and has hit in 18 of the last 20 games.
 
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Jose Valverde closes out the game for Detroit while catcher Gerald Laird adds a two-run HR.  (US Presswire)
Jose Valverde closes out the game for Detroit while catcher Gerald Laird adds a two-run HR. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Detroit

G. Laird
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Detroit

M. Scherzer
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 3
K 5
 
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Elvis Andrus, SS4010000 .278
Michael Young, 3B3010110 .299
Ian Kinsler, 2B3110112 .305
Vladimir Guerrero, DH3000023 .316
Josh Hamilton, CF4001011 .353
Nelson Cruz, RF4010011 .320
David Murphy, LF3000101 .262
Bengie Molina, C2000101 .254
Chris Davis, 1B3000021 .179
Totals2914148  
Batting
3B - Michael Young (3, Scherzer)
RBI - Josh Hamilton (70)
CS - Elvis Andrus (12, 2nd base by Scherzer/Laird)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Nelson Cruz (2, Throwing), Colby Lewis (2, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Colby Lewis (L,9-6) 7944251 3.52
Doug Mathis 1100000 6.33
Pitches-Strikes - Colby Lewis 103-73, Doug Mathis 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Colby Lewis 4-12, Doug Mathis 2-1
Batters Faced - Colby Lewis 32, Doug Mathis 4
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF4130000 .309
Johnny Damon, DH3010101 .277
Magglio Ordonez, RF4011014 .301
    Danny Worth, 3B0000000 .268
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3011003 .342
Brennan Boesch, LF-RF4000015 .316
Carlos Guillen, 2B3110112 .278
Don Kelly, 3B-LF4000022 .217
Gerald Laird, C4122001 .190
Ramon Santiago, SS4110001 .269
Totals33410425  
Batting
HR - Gerald Laird (3, Lewis)
SF - Miguel Cabrera (5)
RBI - Magglio Ordonez (59), Miguel Cabrera (83), Gerald Laird 2 (15)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Santiago-Guillen-Cabrera
E - Brennan Boesch (5, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Max Scherzer (W,7-7) 7400350 4.43
Phil Coke 1000020 2.45
Jose Valverde 1011110 1.30
HBP - Guerrero (by Jose Valverde)
WP - Jose Valverde (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 122-75, Phil Coke 12-9, Jose Valverde 20-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 7-7, Phil Coke 1-0, Jose Valverde 2-0
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 26, Phil Coke 3, Jose Valverde 5
Game Information
Attendance - 28704
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Wally Bell