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Texas (24-25) «00041330112190
Detroit (28-17)0100000012131

Rangers 12, Tigers 2

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DETROIT -- If the Texas Rangers are going to overcome the major injuries that have threatened their season, they likely will need significant contributions from rookies like Nick Martinez and Rougned Odor.

Martinez pitched six sharp innings for his first major league win, and Odor drove in five runs with a pair of triples to lead the Rangers to a 12-2 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. Adrian Beltre and Donnie Murphy homered for Texas, which put slugger Prince Fielder on the disabled list this week with a neck problem that is expected to end his season.

''I'm convinced that I can go out and do it,'' Martinez said. ''I think that's what separates major leaguers and minor leaguers, is that complete trust that they have in themselves.''

Martinez (1-1) allowed a run and eight hits. The Rangers scored four runs in the fourth, plus three each in the sixth and seventh.

Rick Porcello (7-2) had won his last six starts before being knocked around by Texas. He allowed eight runs and 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Detroit has lost five of six.

Leonys Martin, Murphy and Odor -- the last three hitters in the Texas batting order -- combined for eight hits, eight RBI and seven runs. Odor had four hits after going 6 for 31 in his first 11 games.

''It was nice to see the bottom of the order come through like that,'' Murphy said. ''It's fun, because normally you don't see that. Odor, the day he had, that was unbelievable, and Martin, it was fun watching him too. I'm glad that we were productive for the team today.''

Martinez was making his fourth start for the Rangers, and the 23-year-old right-hander lowered his ERA to 2.14. With Texas ahead 5-1 in the fifth, the Tigers put two men on, but Martinez got Torii Hunter to hit into an inning-ending force play with Miguel Cabrera looming on deck.

Martinez ended his day by getting Nick Castellanos to line into a double play with the bases loaded in the sixth.

The AL Central-leading Tigers have hit a rough patch. They've allowed 45 runs in the last six games, with their normally sturdy starting rotation suddenly looking vulnerable.

For the second time in three days, Detroit used knuckleballing infielder Danny Worth to pitch the final inning of a blowout loss. Worth struck out two against Texas on Thursday, but on Saturday he allowed an RBI double to Michael Choice.

''I don't want to turn it into a sideshow with a position player pitching, but we've got to do something to rest some of the arms in the bullpen,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.

Detroit actually scored first on an RBI double by Rajai Davis in the second, but Porcello allowed four runs with two out in the fourth. Chris Gimenez hit an RBI double and scored on a single by Martin. The 20-year-old Odor added a two-run triple.

Beltre hit a solo homer in the fifth, and Murphy's two-run shot the following inning made it 7-1. Mitch Moreland added an RBI double in the sixth, and Odor hit his second triple in the seventh -- this one with the bases loaded.

Texas came into the day having used 39 players this season, tied for the most in baseball. Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was pulled in the sixth Saturday with a sore left ankle, although the Rangers said the move was precautionary.

By then, Texas had broken the game open. The Rangers finished with 19 hits.

Notes

Detroit's Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez and Texas' Alex Rios had three hits each. ... Detroit RHP Corey Knebel made his major league debut in relief of Porcello. He allowed the three-run triple by Odor. ... Kinsler extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... There were replay overturns at first, second and third, two on challenges by the Tigers. In all three cases, the call was changed from safe to out. ... The Tigers wore the uniform of the Detroit Stars, while the Rangers wore the uniform of the Fort Worth Texas Black Panthers as part of a Negro Leagues tribute game. ... Detroit sends RHP Justin Verlander (5-3) to the mound Sunday to face Texas RHP Colby Lewis (3-3).

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

D. Murphy
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Texas

R. Odor
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 5
 
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, LF3010102 .309
   Michael Choice, LF2011011 .196
Elvis Andrus, SS6120004 .247
Mitch Moreland, 1B6011033 .271
Adrian Beltre, 3B4221101 .284
   Luis Sardinas, PR-3B0000000 .286
Alex Rios, RF5130011 .316
Chris Gimenez, C5111023 .385
Leonys Martin, CF4321110 .286
Donnie Murphy, DH3322200 .230
Rougned Odor, 2B5145000 .278
Nick Martinez, P0000000 .000
   Shawn Tolleson, P0000000 .000
   Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Poreda, P0000000 .000
Totals4312191258  
Batting
2B - Michael Choice (2, Worth), Mitch Moreland (9, Knebel), Chris Gimenez (1, Porcello), Rougned Odor (1, Worth)
3B - Rougned Odor 2 (2, Porcello)
HR - Adrian Beltre (5, Porcello), Donnie Murphy (2, Porcello)
RBI - Michael Choice (17), Mitch Moreland (18), Adrian Beltre (18), Chris Gimenez (2), Leonys Martin (15), Donnie Murphy 2 (9), Rougned Odor 5 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Choice (5), Mitch Moreland (5), Adrian Beltre (7), Chris Gimenez (1), Leonys Martin (9), Rougned Odor 2 (4)
SB - Elvis Andrus (12, 2nd base off Knebel/Avila), Leonys Martin (10, 2nd base off Porcello/Avila)
CS - Shin-Soo Choo (3, 3rd base by Porcello/Avila), Elvis Andrus (4, 2nd base by Porcello/Avila)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Odor-Moreland
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nick Martinez (W,1-1) 6811120 2.14
Shawn Tolleson 1100020 3.20
Neal Cotts 1200100 4.12
Aaron Poreda 1211010 3.46
Pitches-Strikes - Nick Martinez 91-55, Shawn Tolleson 18-14, Neal Cotts 21-10, Aaron Poreda 28-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Martinez 7-7, Shawn Tolleson 1-0, Neal Cotts 2-1, Aaron Poreda 2-0
Batters Faced - Nick Martinez 25, Shawn Tolleson 4, Neal Cotts 6, Aaron Poreda 5
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5031000 .333
Torii Hunter, RF4000013 .278
   Bryan Holaday, C1000001 .282
Miguel Cabrera, 1B2000100 .322
   Don Kelly, 1B2000000 .255
Victor Martinez, DH5030011 .331
Austin Jackson, CF4020002 .266
Alex Avila, C3010010 .234
   J.D. Martinez, RF1000002 .261
Nick Castellanos, 3B3000113 .233
Andrew Romine, SS4120013 .191
Rajai Davis, LF4121001 .284
Rick Porcello, P0000000 .000
   Corey Knebel, P0000000 .000
   Phil Coke, P0000000 .000
   Danny Worth, P0000000 .212
Totals38213225  
Batting
2B - Victor Martinez (11, Martinez), Austin Jackson (12, Cotts), Rajai Davis 2 (8, Martinez)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (22), Rajai Davis (16)
2-OUT RBI - Rajai Davis (6)
CS - Rajai Davis (3, 3rd base by Martinez/Gimenez)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Avila-Castellanos, Avila-Castellanos-Castellanos-Kinsler-Kelly
E - Alex Avila (2, Missed catch of throw)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello (L,7-2) 5.11288252 3.88
Corey Knebel 1333210 27.00
Phil Coke 1.2100120 6.06
Danny Worth 1311000 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 99-64, Corey Knebel 36-19, Phil Coke 27-16, Danny Worth 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 5-4, Corey Knebel 2-0, Phil Coke 2-0, Danny Worth 3-0
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 28, Corey Knebel 8, Phil Coke 6, Danny Worth 6
Game Information
Attendance - 43447
Game Time - 3:43
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Lance Barrett, First Base - Jeff Gosney, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Ed Hickox