Texas at Detroit

W: C. Lewis (4-3) L: J. Verlander (5-4)
HR: TEX - M. Choice (3)   DET - None

Texas crushes Detroit in another romp for Rangers

CBSSports.com wire reports

DETROIT -- If the rest of the Texas Rangers keep hitting like this, Prince Fielder's injury may not be so hard to overcome.

Alex Rios tripled and drove in three runs, and the Rangers rolled to another rout of Detroit, beating Justin Verlander and the Tigers 12-4 on Sunday.

Texas took three of four in the series, scoring 35 runs in the process.

The question now is whether the Rangers can possibly keep this up after learning Thursday that Fielder would likely miss the rest of the season because of a neck problem.

"We've got to continue to play baseball," manager Ron Washington said. "We miss Prince, and we're not going to even dream that we don't need him in our lineup. We certainly would like to have him in our lineup, but we don't, so we've got to go with what we've got."

The Tigers have lost six of seven, and even Verlander (5-4) couldn't come close to stopping the slide. The Detroit right-hander allowed nine runs -- six earned -- in 5 1-3 innings in one of the worst starts of his career.

"Right now, I'm not in a place where I can repeat my delivery every time, and that's what I need to fix. But I'll get it straightened out. I'm not worried about that," Verlander said. "It's a rough patch, but this is a great baseball team. That hasn't changed."

Michael Choice homered for the Rangers in the second, and Texas broke the game open with five runs in the fifth.

Colby Lewis (4-3) allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings.

Mitch Moreland had three hits and three RBIs for the Rangers, and Adrian Beltre and Robinson Chirinos had three hits apiece as well.

"Everybody on this team has contributed so far, has stepped up in one way or another," Moreland said. "I think this was just a big series for us overall, to kind of right the ship, get it going."

Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera left the game in the seventh with a right hamstring cramp.

Verlander has allowed 16 earned runs in his past three starts, and although the Tigers still have the best record in the American League, they have to wonder when this alarming stretch of poor pitching will end.

Other starters have struggled too. In its past seven games, Detroit has allowed 57 runs.

The nine runs allowed by Verlander equaled a career worst, and he gave up 11 hits. Verlander finished with only one strikeout, his fewest in a regular-season game since May 31, 2008, when he also struck out one at Seattle.

"It's good to get him early," Rios said. "The earlier you get him, the better shape you're going to be in at the end of the game."

Choice broke a 1-all tie with a second-inning homer off Verlander, and after a double by Chirinos, Rougned Odor dropped a bunt that Verlander threw away for an error, allowing a run to score.

Texas led 3-2 in the fifth when Shin-Soo Choo led off with a walk and went to third when Elvis Andrus' grounder went past shortstop Andrew Romine for another Detroit error. Moreland and Beltre followed with consecutive RBI singles, and a two-run triple by Rios made it 7-2.

Chirinos singled home Rios two outs later.

The Rangers tacked on three runs in the seventh to make it 12-2 on RBI singles by Andrus, Moreland and Beltre. Cabrera came out of the game after singling in the bottom of that inning, and to make matters worse for Detroit, reliever Joba Chamberlain left in the eighth with a right ankle contusion.

The Rangers finished with 17 hits, bringing their total for the last two games of the series to 36 -- with 14 for extra bases.


Even Sunday's time of game was the same as the day before: 3 hours, 43 minutes. ... Choo, who left Saturday's game with a sore left ankle, was back in the Texas lineup a day later but as the designated hitter. ... Detroit 2B Ian Kinsler extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ... The Tigers head to Oakland for a four-game series between the teams with the two best records in the AL. Detroit LHP Drew Smyly (2-2) faces Oakland LHP Tommy Milone (2-3) on Monday. ... Texas heads to Minnesota, with RHP Nick Tepesch (1-0) taking the mound Monday against Twins RHP Kevin Correia (2-5).

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Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre contributes three hits and a walk against the Tigers. His OBP rises to .366. (USATSI)
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre contributes three hits and a walk against the Tigers. His OBP rises to .366. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

A. Rios
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 0

M. Moreland
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Adrian Beltre, 3B4132101 .297
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2B - Elvis Andrus (12, Verlander), Mitch Moreland (10, Verlander), Robinson Chirinos 2 (5, Verlander)
3B - Alex Rios (5, Verlander)
HR - Michael Choice (3, Verlander)
SH - Rougned Odor (2)
RBI - Elvis Andrus (12), Mitch Moreland 3 (21), Adrian Beltre 2 (20), Alex Rios 3 (29), Michael Choice (18), Robinson Chirinos (9)
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CS - Rougned Odor (3, 2nd base by Verlander/Avila)
Team LOB - 11
DP - Sardinas-Odor-Moreland
E - Leonys Martin (3, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
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Robbie Ross 2.2622110 4.82
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Batters Faced - Colby Lewis 26, Robbie Ross 14, Joakim Soria 2
Detroit Tigers
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Ian Kinsler, 2B5110004 .330
   Danny Worth, 2B0000000 .212
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   Bryan Holaday, PR-DH1100000 .275
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   a-Don Kelly, PH-1B1000102 .250
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   J.D. Martinez, RF1000001 .255
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2B - Victor Martinez (12, Lewis)
RBI - Victor Martinez (29), Torii Hunter (27), Austin Jackson (16), Andrew Romine (4)
SB - Rajai Davis (15, 2nd base off Lewis/Chirinos)
CS - Alex Avila (3, 2nd base by Lewis/Chirinos)
Team LOB - 11
E - Andrew Romine (5, Misplayed grounder), Justin Verlander (2, Throwing)
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Game Information
Attendance - 42583
Game Time - 3:43
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Jeff Gosney, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Lance Barrett