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--3B Brandon Inge hit the fifth walk-off home run of his career on Wednesday, looking for a pitch and getting it. "He started me off with a couple of breaking balls the other day and I ended up flying out to right field. I was just looking for the same pitch, but a little more in." Inge was looking for a breaking ball from LHP Darren Oliver and ripped the 78-mph pitch over the left field fence to give Detroit its first winning streak of the season.

--RHP Brayan Villarreal worked two scoreless innings to keep Detroit in the running for its second consecutive victory before leaving for a seven-game West Coast swing. Villarreal picked a runner off first to end the seventh inning Tuesday without throwing a pitch. He spent last season as a starter to pile up innings of experience, reaching Double-A for the first time at the end of the season, but his future in the organization was seen as a reliever.

--RF Brennan Boesch hit an RBI double and scored a run in the sixth inning as Detroit erased a two-run advantage Texas had taken in the top of the inning. Boesch hasn't been quite as dynamic as he was the first half of his rookie season, but he's been way more patient at the plate, reflecting a more confident hitter. His RBI double came on a 3-and-1 fastball he was set up for. In the first he singled to center on an 0-and-1 pitch.

--RHP Max Scherzer didn't get a decision but turned in a decent six-inning start. Scherzer struggled through the first two innings and gave up two runs in the sixth. He struck out seven and gave up only two runs in his six innings. "He pitched very well," manager Jim Leyland said. "His first two innings hurt him. It got his pitch count up too high. If he'd been a little more economical in the first two innings he probably goes eight." Scherzer ended up throwing 113 pitches.

--RHP Jose Valverde has recorded victories in consecutive games. Valverde was brought in to pitch the ninth inning of tie games each time, pitched a scoreless inning in both and got the victory when Detroit scored in the bottom of the ninth. Valverde had to strand a runner at third with two out to keep Texas off the scoreboard in his second appearance.

--RHP Al Alburquerque has been recalled from Class AAA Toledo, manager Jim Leyland said, with RHP Robbie Weinhardt being optioned out. "He's got a great arm with an outstanding slider," Leyland said of Alburquerque, signed as a free agent during the offseason. "Will he throw strikes? I don't know the answer to that." Weinhardt was originally called up April 5 when Detroit placed RHP Ryan Perry on the disabled list with an eye infection.

--RHP Ryan Perry has a Thursday appointment with an eye doctor and if, as expected, he is cleared to resume wearing his contact lenses, he will go to Class AAA Toledo for a bullpen session and pitch in a game for the Mud Hens on Friday. Perry will work 30 pitches or two innings, whichever comes first. If things go well he could pitch another rehab game and rejoin Detroit on Wednesday in Seattle for the last game of a seven-game trip. He is eligible to come off the disabled list next Wednesday. "It's been a little frustrating," Perry said. "My arm feels fine, I feel fine, I just can't throw outside right now because of the eye. I've been throwing, I just couldn't throw outside or be in the light." Perry said he has severe vision problems in his left eye. "I'm so right-eye dominant, that this doesn't affect me too much," he said. "My depth perception is a little off, so anything that's hit hard at me is a struggle. But if anything, throwing the ball to the catcher is fine."

BY THE NUMBERS
5 -- Career walk-off home runs hit by 3B Brandon Inge, whose drive over the left field fence with one out in the ninth gave Detroit a 3-2 victory over Texas and the Tigers' first game winning streak of the season.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"He started me off with a couple of breaking balls the other day and I ended up flying out to right field. I was just looking for the same pitch, but a little more in." -- 3B Brandon Inge on the 78-mph curveball he hit for his walk-off home run on Wednesday.

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HRJustin Upton , LF14
RBIJustin Upton , LF49
OBPMiguel Cabrera , 1B.363
SLGJustin Upton , LF.496
RJustin Upton , LF45
SBIan Kinsler , 2B6
WMichael Fulmer , SP6
ERAMichael Fulmer , SP3.29
WHIPMichael Fulmer , SP1.16
KJustin Verlander , SP86
SVFrancisco Rodriguez , RP7

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