Detroit at Texas

W: D. Nippert (4-4) L: R. Weinhardt (1-2)
HR: DET - None   TEX - D. Murphy (10)

Rangers 11, Tigers 4 wire reports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- David Murphy had to wait a few nervous minutes before he got confirmation from the umpires that his home run was legit.

Murphy's blast was ruled fair on replay to help the Texas Rangers win their sixth straight game with an 11-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

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Murphy led off the fourth against Jeremy Bonderman with his 10th homer, a towering drive to right field that sailed over the area above the foul pole, with the ball finally glancing off the facing of the second deck.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland argued that the ball was foul, but he was overruled after the umpires went to video review.

Although one replay seemed to support Leyland's claim, crew chief Jerry Layne said the ball went over the foul pole without an overwhelming reason to overturn the original call.

"There was no evidence it was any different from what I had seen on the field," Layne said. "You need reversible doubt to change the call."

While the umpires watched the video, Murphy bided his time in the dugout, unsure of the outcome.

"Some of my teammates said it was fair and some of my teammates said it was foul. I didn't know what to think," said Murphy, who had three hits and extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games.

"It started so far fair that I couldn't tell if it hooked around at the last second or if it went right in front of it or if it went over it. Their guess was as good as mine."

Texas maintained momentum from a three-game weekend sweep of the New York Yankees, increasing its lead in the AL West over second-place Oakland to nine games and reducing its magic number to 10.

Murphy was credited with an RBI for the go-ahead run in the three-run sixth when his ground ball was bobbled for an error by second baseman Will Rhymes, with Elvis Andrus scoring from third to give Texas a 5-4 lead.

Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler added run-scoring singles off Robbie Weinhardt (1-2) later in the inning for a 7-4 lead.

Weinhardt's sinker was consistently up in the strike zone, and he allowed three runs and four hits in 2/3 of an inning.

The Tigers were undone by shaky pitching and defense. Leyland refused to blame the result of the video review for any lost momentum by his team.

"You don't make pitches and you don't make plays against good teams, that'll kill ya," Leyland said.

Michael Young, who went 3 for 5 with three runs scored, added a three-run double in the seventh to extend the lead to 10-4.

All the Texas starters had at least one hit and all but two scored runs.

"Our biggest goal is to get contributions up and down our lineup, be as versatile as we can and find ways to score runs in different ways," Young said. "If we do that, we should be in good shape."

Dustin Nippert (4-4) pitched 4 1-3 innings to earn the win.

Rookie Casper Wells had a career-high four hits for Detroit, which loaded the bases in a 1-all game in the third against Derek Holland.

Jhonny Peralta's sacrifice fly and Wells' RBI single gave Detroit a 3-1 lead.

A howling wind continued to give fielders fits, with Cruz commiting a two-base error in right field in the fourth when Ramon Santiago's fly ball sailed over his head.

Scott Sizemore's single drove in Santiago to make it 4-1.

After Murphy's homer, Mitch Moreland's RBI single later in the fourth pulled Texas within 4-3. The Rangers scored the third run of the inning when third baseman Brandon Inge dropped an easy ground ball by Andrus for an error.

Holland allowed four runs -- one earned -- in four innings.


Rangers RHP Neftali Feliz missed the game after the birth of his first child earlier Tuesday. Feliz was with his wife, Karina, in New York City for the arrival of daughter Nerali Lucia. ... Kinsler is appealing a one-game suspension for taking part in an on-field celebration after being ejected during a game against the Yankees last Friday night. Kinsler also was fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball along with the suspension that was announced on Tuesday. The penalty was set to take effect for Tuesday night's game, but Kinsler remained in the lineup because of the appeal. Kinsler joined teammates celebrating a game-ending 13th-inning homer by Cruz, and Kinsler said he thought he'd be allowed to because the game was over. ... Detroit RHP Rick Porcello will be replaced by RHP Armando Galarraga for Wednesday night's start against Texas. Porcello was scratched with a sprained right index finger. ... Rangers OF Josh Hamilton took limited batting practice for the first time since the end of August, but the session was shut down due to recurring pain from bruised ribs. Hamilton missed his ninth straight game but still leads the majors with a .361 average. ... Gerald Laird was back behind the plate for the Tigers after missing the previous 16 games with back spasms.

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Players of the Game

M. Young
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 0

C. Wells
AB 4
R 0
H 4
HR 0

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Scott Sizemore, 2B2121100 .218
   a- Will Rhymes, PH-2B2000000 .299
Ryan Raburn, LF3100111 .268
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4000023 .333
   b- Johnny Damon, PH1010000 .272
Jhonny Peralta, DH4001003 .252
Brandon Inge, 3B3100113 .252
Casper Wells, RF4041000 .357
Gerald Laird, C3000015 .202
Ramon Santiago, SS3101013 .258
a-popped out for Sizemore in the 6th
b-tripled for Cabrera in the 9th
3B - Johnny Damon (4, Nippert)
SF - Jhonny Peralta (10), Ramon Santiago (2)
RBI - Scott Sizemore (10), Jhonny Peralta (72), Casper Wells (12), Ramon Santiago (18)
2-OUT RBI - Casper Wells (6)
Team LOB - 11
DP - Inge-Rhymes-Cabrera
E - Brandon Inge (8, Misplayed grounder), Will Rhymes (3, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Jeremy Bonderman 5643421 5.04
Daniel Schlereth 0.1000000 4.63
Robbie Weinhardt (L,1-2) 0.2431000 7.50
Eddie Bonine 1444010 4.43
Alfredo Figaro 1000100 7.36
HBP - Guerrero (by Jeremy Bonderman)
WP - Jeremy Bonderman (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 103-59, Daniel Schlereth 6-4, Robbie Weinhardt 22-14, Eddie Bonine 12-9, Alfredo Figaro 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 7-6, Daniel Schlereth 1-0, Robbie Weinhardt 2-1, Eddie Bonine 1-1, Alfredo Figaro 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 26, Daniel Schlereth 1, Robbie Weinhardt 7, Eddie Bonine 7, Alfredo Figaro 3
Texas Rangers
Elvis Andrus, SS5220010 .275
Michael Young, 3B5333003 .289
    Jorge Cantu, 3B0000000 .253
David Murphy, LF5232001 .288
Vladimir Guerrero, DH3012002 .305
Nelson Cruz, RF5111014 .312
Ian Kinsler, 2B2111302 .296
Mitch Moreland, 1B4011103 .255
Matt Treanor, C5110016 .220
Julio Borbon, CF3110100 .274
2B - Michael Young (33, Bonine), David Murphy 2 (24, Bonderman, Bonderman)
HR - David Murphy (10, Bonderman)
SF - Vladimir Guerrero (6)
RBI - Michael Young 3 (82), David Murphy 2 (54), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (106), Nelson Cruz (71), Ian Kinsler (42), Mitch Moreland (18)
2-OUT RBI - Nelson Cruz (26), Ian Kinsler (17)
CS - Ian Kinsler (5, 2nd base by Bonderman/Laird)
Team LOB - 9
E - Nelson Cruz (5, Dropped fly), Ian Kinsler (7, Dropped fly)
Texas Rangers
Derek Holland 4441250 4.12
Dustin Nippert (W,4-4) 4.1300130 4.59
Alexi Ogando 0.2000010 1.31
HBP - Inge (by Derek Holland), Raburn (by Derek Holland), Laird (by Dustin Nippert)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Holland 87-57, Dustin Nippert 65-40, Alexi Ogando 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Holland 2-7, Dustin Nippert 4-6
Batters Faced - Derek Holland 22, Dustin Nippert 18, Alexi Ogando 2
Game Information
Attendance - 24452
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt