Rangers beat Tigers 5-3, extend winning streak to 10 games

DETROIT (AP) The Texas Rangers are the hottest team in baseball.

That hasn't done much for them in the standings because they're in the same division as Houston, the best team in the majors so far this season.

Mike Napoli and Joey Gallo hit homers, giving Texas enough offense to help it hold on for a 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night and a 10th straight victory.

''We don't talk about a streak or anything,'' Napoli said.

Even though the second-place Rangers have baseball's longest winning streak since Boston won 11 straight late last year, they have made up just two games on the AL West-leading Astros, who have a 6 1/2 game cushion. Texas manager Jeff Banister insisted he doesn't pay much attention to the standings because it is too early in the season.

''It's still May, right?'' he asked.

Nick Martinez (1-2) gave up one unearned run and four hits over five innings, ending an 11-start winless streak that dated to Aug. 5, 2015. Matt Bush earned his fifth save in six chances, but it didn't come easy. He struck out Alex Avila with runners on the corners and two outs after shortstop Elvis Andrus' throwing error allowed the Tigers to pull within two runs.

Daniel Norris (2-3) allowed five runs and seven hits while striking out eight over 5 2-3 innings. He has won only one of his last six starts.

Detroit, without Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, struggled at the plate with only one run in the fourth, sixth and ninth innings. Martinez missed his first game on the paternity list and Cabrera sat out a third straight game with an oblique strain.

THEY'RE STREAKING

Texas has its longest winning streak since an 11-game run in 2010 and is four wins away from matching a franchise record set in 1991.

PAYING THE PRICE

Norris had a rough night and Texas took advantage. He hit Shin-Soo Choo to load the bases in the third and walked Andrus to force a run home in the two-run inning.

Norris fell behind Napoli in the fourth and he sent a 2-0 pitch over the wall in left field for his ninth home run.

''It's taken him a little while to get going,'' Banister said. ''We feel confident that he's a guy that's in a good place now.''

Norris also threw two balls without a strike against Gallo before he sent a line drive deep into the seats in right field for a two-run shot that put the Rangers up 5-2 in the sixth inning.

''We were going away, but (Gallo) covers the plate so well and he crushed it,'' Norris said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Cabrera, who said he is feeling better, said before the series opener that he may play this weekend. After the game, Ausmus said he would be ''shocked,'' if Cabrera didn't play on Saturday.

SILVER LINING

Francisco Rodriguez and Anibal Sanchez, who are part of Detroit's much-maligned bullpen, combined to pitch 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

''That was a really encouraging sign,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. ''Obviously, they've taken some heat early in the season.''

SLUGGER'S SNACK

Cabrera unveiled a new business venture, Miggy Foods. The first product is Bitbits, a small ball-shaped candy that comes in a variety of flavors, including strawberry cheesecake. A candy bar is expected to hit the market within the next six months.

ROSTER MOVE

The Tigers sent RHP Buck Farmer to Triple-A Toledo and called up C/1B John Hicks.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP A.J. Griffin (4-0) starts, aiming for his fifth win in six starts.

Tigers: RHP Justin Verlander (3-3) will be on the mound, trying to avoid losing consecutive outings for the second time this season.

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RangersTEX23-20
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TigersDET20-20
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  • W: N. Martinez (1-2)L: D. Norris (2-3)S: M. Bush (5)
  • HR: TEX - M. Napoli (9), J. Gallo (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. DeShields LF31200110.283.350.337.6862.5
S. Choo RF20000001.258.377.391.7671.0
E. Andrus SS30010101.279.328.436.7642.0
J. Lucroy C40110003.273.319.382.7012.0
R. Odor 2B41100002.202.256.357.6132.0
M. Napoli DH41111031.182.250.399.6494.5
J. Gallo 3B41121020.188.304.514.8196.0
R. Rua 1B31200110.219.296.391.6863.5
J. Hoying CF40000043.333.333.600.933-2.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Kinsler 2B50100001.239.338.358.6961.0
    T. Collins RF40000131.224.303.374.676-0.5
    J. Martinez DH50200020.476.6331.1901.8241.0
    A. Avila 1B40000113.354.462.6311.0920.5
    J. Upton LF32100111.250.368.500.8684.5
    N. Castellanos 3B20100101.228.309.386.6953.0
    J. McCann C30010024.196.279.433.7120.0
    A. Romine CF40110021.227.292.371.6641.0
    J. Iglesias SS41100014.207.233.319.5521.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Rua (2)
      • HR - M. Napoli (9), J. Gallo (13)
      • SH - S. Choo
      • RBI - E. Andrus (20), J. Lucroy (9), M. Napoli (22), J. Gallo 2 (29)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Gallo 2 (14)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Upton (8)
      • SF - J. McCann (2)
      • RBI - J. McCann (17), A. Romine (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Romine (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - D. DeShields (3), R. Rua (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - E. Andrus 2 (9)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - T. Collins (3)
      • PB - J. McCann (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Martinez (W, 1-2)5.04101404.331.0019.0
      T. Barnette1.01111205.062.001.0
      K. Kela (H, 4)2.00001404.200.507.0
      M. Bush (S, 5)1.02101201.103.008.0
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Martinez (W, 1-2)5.0
      T. Barnette1.0
      K. Kela (H, 4)2.0
      M. Bush (S, 5)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Norris (L, 2-3)5.27552824.811.590.0
      A. Sanchez2.11000209.000.436.0
      F. Rodriguez1.00001107.631.002.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Norris (L, 2-3)5.2
      A. Sanchez2.1
      F. Rodriguez1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Barnette (2), K. Kela
      • HBP - N. Martinez
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Martinez 92-59, T. Barnette 26-17, K. Kela 32-21, M. Bush 33-22
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Martinez 6-6
      • Batters Faced - N. Martinez 22, T. Barnette 5, K. Kela 7, M. Bush 6
      PITCHING
      • HBP - D. Norris (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 106-61, A. Sanchez 26-17, F. Rodriguez 16-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 5-3, A. Sanchez 1-3
      • Batters Faced - D. Norris 26, A. Sanchez 7, F. Rodriguez 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      RangersTEX23-20
      002102000582
      TigersDET20-20
      000101001370
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. DeShields LF31200110.283.350.337.6862.5
      S. Choo RF20000001.258.377.391.7671.0
      E. Andrus SS30010101.279.328.436.7642.0
      J. Lucroy C40110003.273.319.382.7012.0
      R. Odor 2B41100002.202.256.357.6132.0
      M. Napoli DH41111031.182.250.399.6494.5
      J. Gallo 3B41121020.188.304.514.8196.0
      R. Rua 1B31200110.219.296.391.6863.5
      J. Hoying CF40000043.333.333.600.933-2.0
      Total31585231111-----
      HITTERSAB
      D. DeShields LF3
      S. Choo RF2
      E. Andrus SS3
      J. Lucroy C4
      R. Odor 2B4
      M. Napoli DH4
      J. Gallo 3B4
      R. Rua 1B3
      J. Hoying CF4
      Total31
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        I. Kinsler 2B50100001.239.338.358.6961.0
        T. Collins RF40000131.224.303.374.676-0.5
        J. Martinez DH50200020.476.6331.1901.8241.0
        A. Avila 1B40000113.354.462.6311.0920.5
        J. Upton LF32100111.250.368.500.8684.5
        N. Castellanos 3B20100101.228.309.386.6953.0
        J. McCann C30010024.196.279.433.7120.0
        A. Romine CF40110021.227.292.371.6641.0
        J. Iglesias SS41100014.207.233.319.5521.5
        Total34372041216-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Rua (2)
          • HR - M. Napoli (9), J. Gallo (13)
          • SH - S. Choo
          • RBI - E. Andrus (20), J. Lucroy (9), M. Napoli (22), J. Gallo 2 (29)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Gallo 2 (14)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Upton (8)
          • SF - J. McCann (2)
          • RBI - J. McCann (17), A. Romine (11)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Romine (7)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - D. DeShields (3), R. Rua (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - E. Andrus 2 (9)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - T. Collins (3)
          • PB - J. McCann (4)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          N. Martinez (W, 1-2)5.04101404.331.0019.0
          T. Barnette1.01111205.062.001.0
          K. Kela (H, 4)2.00001404.200.507.0
          M. Bush (S, 5)1.02101201.103.008.0
          Total9.07314120---
          PITCHERSIP
          N. Martinez (W, 1-2)5.0
          T. Barnette1.0
          K. Kela (H, 4)2.0
          M. Bush (S, 5)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Norris (L, 2-3)5.27552824.811.590.0
          A. Sanchez2.11000209.000.436.0
          F. Rodriguez1.00001107.631.002.5
          Total9.08553112---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Norris (L, 2-3)5.2
          A. Sanchez2.1
          F. Rodriguez1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - T. Barnette (2), K. Kela
          • HBP - N. Martinez
          • Pitches-Strikes - N. Martinez 92-59, T. Barnette 26-17, K. Kela 32-21, M. Bush 33-22
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Martinez 6-6
          • Batters Faced - N. Martinez 22, T. Barnette 5, K. Kela 7, M. Bush 6
          PITCHING
          • HBP - D. Norris (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 106-61, A. Sanchez 26-17, F. Rodriguez 16-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 5-3, A. Sanchez 1-3
          • Batters Faced - D. Norris 26, A. Sanchez 7, F. Rodriguez 3
          • 9TH INNING
            Martinez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Iglesias scored, Collins to third on shortstop Andrus fielding error53
          • 6TH INNING
            McCann hit sacrifice fly to center, Upton scored52
            Gallo homered to right, Odor scored51
          • 4TH INNING
            Romine singled to right, Upton scored, Castellanos to third, McCann to second31
            Napoli homered to left30
          • 3RD INNING
            Lucroy reached on fielder's choice to third, DeShields scored, Choo to third, Andrus out at second20
            Andrus walked, Rua scored, DeShields to third, Choo to second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • F. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Ball, Gallo popped out to second
            • R. Rua: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Rua walked
            • J. Hoying: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hoying struck out swinging
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Rua caught stealing, pitcher to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Bush Pitching:
            • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
            • J. Iglesias: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Iglesias singled to left
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Kinsler flied out to right
            • T. Collins: Ball, Iglesias to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Collins walked
            • J. Martinez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Martinez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Iglesias scored, Collins to third on shortstop Andrus fielding error
            • A. Avila: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Avila struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 8TH INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy fouled out to catcher
            • R. Odor: Ball, Odor grounded out to third
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Napoli struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Kela Pitching:
            • A. Avila: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Avila walked
            • J. Upton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Avila to second on wild pitch, Castellanos flied out to deep center, Avila to third
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, DeShields singled to right
            • S. Choo: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Choo popped out to shortstop
            • E. Andrus: Ball, DeShields caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Andrus lined out to left
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Kela Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kinsler fouled out to first
            • T. Collins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Collins struck out swinging
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy singled to right, Lucroy out at second
            • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Odor singled to left center
            • M. Napoli: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Odor to second on passed ball, Strike swinging, Napoli struck out swinging
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Gallo homered to right, Odor scored
            • R. Rua: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rua doubled to left center
            • J. Hoying: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hoying struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Barnette Pitching:
            • J. Upton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Upton walked
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Castellanos singled to right, Upton to second
            • J. McCann: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Upton to third, Castellanos to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Ball, McCann hit sacrifice fly to center, Upton scored
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Romine struck out looking
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Choo grounded out to second
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Andrus grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kinsler grounded out to third
            • T. Collins: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Collins struck out looking
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Martinez singled to center
            • A. Avila: Strike looking, Foul, Avila grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Ball, Napoli homered to left
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • R. Rua: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Rua struck out looking
            • J. Hoying: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Hoying struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martinez lined out to center
            • A. Avila: Ball, Ball, Foul, Avila flied out to deep center
            • J. Upton: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Upton doubled to right
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castellanos hit by pitch
            • J. McCann: Ball, McCann safe at first on shortstop Andrus fielding error, Upton to third, Castellanos to second
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Romine singled to right, Upton scored, Castellanos to third, McCann to second
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Iglesias grounded out to first
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • R. Rua: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rua singled to shallow center
            • J. Hoying: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Hoying struck out looking
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, DeShields walked, Rua to second
            • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo hit by pitch, Rua to third, DeShields to second
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Andrus walked, Rua scored, DeShields to third, Choo to second
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy reached on fielder's choice to third, DeShields scored, Choo to third, Andrus out at second
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Odor flied out to center
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Romine grounded out to second
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias grounded out to second
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Kinsler singled to center
            • T. Collins: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Collins flied out to shallow left
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Odor fouled out to shortstop
            • M. Napoli: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Napoli struck out looking
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • A. Avila: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Avila flied out to left
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Upton flied out to right
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castellanos walked
            • J. McCann: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, DeShields reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • S. Choo: Choo hit sacrifice bunt to first, DeShields to second
            • E. Andrus: Andrus flied out to center, DeShields to third
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Lucroy grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Kinsler popped out to second
            • T. Collins: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Collins struck out on foul tip
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)