Tigers snap Rangers' streak at 10, beat Texas 9-3

DETROIT (AP) The way Justin Verlander saw it, Texas may have been due for a loss.

With three straight homers in the first inning, Verlander's Detroit Tigers set about ending the Rangers' 10-game winning streak.

Alex Avila, Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez hit consecutive home runs, and the Tigers beat Texas 9-3 on Saturday night. Nicholas Castellanos added a three-run homer in the third, and Verlander pitched seven solid innings to hand the Rangers their first defeat since May 8.

''I think you just go tell yourself that they're bound to lose one here sooner or later,'' Verlander said. ''They're not going to win them all, so maybe the odds are on our side.''

The Rangers were on their longest winning streak since a 12-game run in 2011, but it came to an emphatic conclusion against Detroit. A.J. Griffin (4-1) allowed nine runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.

''We'll wipe it clean and go out there and begin again,'' Griffin said.

Cabrera homered in his first at-bat after missing three games with a strained oblique, but Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler left the game in the fifth with left hamstring tightness. The team said he was taken out for precautionary reasons.

Jonathan Lucroy homered for the Rangers.

Detroit hit three consecutive homers for the first time since June 1, 2013, at Baltimore, when Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta and Avila did it. The three solo shots Saturday gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead, and they added four runs in the third.

Kinsler raced home from third on Cabrera's grounder to the mound, taking off when Griffin threw to first and narrowly beating the throw back to the plate. Castellanos made it 7-0 later in the inning with a drive to right.

Nomar Mazara hit a two-run double for the Rangers in the fourth, but Avila drove in two with a double in the bottom half.

Lucroy hit a solo shot in the sixth.

Verlander allowed three runs and four hits. He walked one and struck out five against a Texas team that had scored at least five runs in each of its previous eight games.

BIGGER ROLE?

Avila had three hits and raised his average to .382. He has five homers and 18 RBIs in 25 games, and although he was signed to be a part-time catcher, he played first base Saturday. James McCann was at catcher, Cabrera was the designated hitter in his first game back, and regular DH Martinez missed the game while on the paternity list.

When Martinez comes back, the Tigers may have some interesting decisions to make, with Avila hitting so well.

''If he keeps hitting like this, he's going to play,'' manager Brad Ausmus said. ''We'll figure it out when it happens. Hopefully they're all hitting and it makes it a real problem.''

LONG RELIEF

Although they were routed, the Rangers only had to use one reliever. Austin Bibens-Dirkx pitched 4 2/3 innings of one-hit ball.

''He saved the bullpen,'' Texas manager Jeff Banister said. ''If we had to go out there and rescue him that could have caused collateral damage to the bullpen (for Sunday's game).''

ACROBATICS

McCann made a sliding catch near the screen on a foul pop by Mike Napoli in the second, and he leaped to his right to catch Joey Gallo's foul ball in the seventh after overrunning it slightly.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: 3B Adrian Beltre (right calf tightness) ran the bases before the game. ''Just kind of doing about 50, 60 percent,'' he said. ''First time running the bases, so I wanted to make sure just to get the feel for it.'' ... RHP Tyson Ross (thoracic outlet syndrome) came out fine after a bullpen session and is set to pitch Tuesday for Triple-A Round Rock on a rehab assignment. ... RHP Jose Leclerc (bruised right index finger) had an injection Friday and is not expected to re-join the Rangers on this trip.

Tigers: Kinsler left the game because of the same hamstring that kept him out for a week earlier this month.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Yu Darvish (4-2) takes the mound for the finale of this three-game series Sunday night. He allowed one run in seven innings in a win over Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Tigers: RHP Matthew Boyd (2-3) tries to bounce back after allowing seven runs in 2 1/3 innings against Baltimore on Tuesday.

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000201000341
DET21-20
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  • W: J. Verlander (4-3)L: A. Griffin (4-1)
  • HR: TEX - J. Lucroy (3), DET - M. Cabrera (5), A. Avila (5), N. Castellanos (4), J. Martinez (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Choo DH31000131.252.373.382.7550.5
E. Andrus SS31100000.280.328.435.7622.0
P. Kozma SS10000000.125.263.125.3880.0
N. Mazara RF40120010.265.333.450.7843.5
J. Lucroy C41111011.272.317.404.7215.5
R. Odor 2B30000012.199.255.351.6060.5
M. Napoli 1B30000002.179.246.391.6360.0
R. Rua 1B10000001.215.292.385.6760.0
J. Gallo 3B30000100.184.303.504.8071.0
J. Hoying CF40000012.263.263.474.737-0.5
D. DeShields LF30100000.284.349.337.6861.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Kinsler 2B32200010.248.344.365.7093.5
    A. Romine 2B20000001.222.287.364.6510.0
    A. Avila 1B32331100.382.488.7061.19413.0
    M. Cabrera DH41121013.248.339.422.7616.5
    J. Martinez RF22111200.478.6471.2611.9089.0
    J. Upton LF40000014.242.359.485.844-0.5
    N. Castellanos 3B41231000.235.313.407.7219.0
    T. Collins CF40000011.216.293.360.653-0.5
    J. McCann C41100002.198.278.426.7042.0
    J. Iglesias SS40000012.200.226.308.534-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Mazara (10)
      • HR - J. Lucroy (3)
      • RBI - N. Mazara 2 (31), J. Lucroy (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Lucroy (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Avila (7)
      • HR - A. Avila (5), M. Cabrera (5), J. Martinez (6), N. Castellanos (4)
      • RBI - A. Avila 3 (18), M. Cabrera 2 (17), J. Martinez (12), N. Castellanos 3 (25)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos 3 (14)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Gallo (8)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Upton (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Griffin (L, 4-1)3.19991345.023.00-13.5
      A. Bibens-Dirkx4.21002201.590.6410.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Griffin (L, 4-1)3.1
      A. Bibens-Dirkx4.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (W, 4-3)7.04331514.390.7125.5
      B. Hardy1.00000102.920.003.5
      C. Bell1.00001100.001.002.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander (W, 4-3)7.0
      B. Hardy1.0
      C. Bell1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Griffin 88-61, A. Bibens-Dirkx 60-36
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Griffin 1-6, A. Bibens-Dirkx 5-7
      • Batters Faced - A. Griffin 20, A. Bibens-Dirkx 17
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Verlander (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 109-69, B. Hardy 15-10, C. Bell 22-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 5-11, B. Hardy 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 27, B. Hardy 3, C. Bell 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      TEX23-21
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      30420000X9101
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      S. Choo DH31000131.252.373.382.7550.5
      E. Andrus SS31100000.280.328.435.7622.0
      P. Kozma SS10000000.125.263.125.3880.0
      N. Mazara RF40120010.265.333.450.7843.5
      J. Lucroy C41111011.272.317.404.7215.5
      R. Odor 2B30000012.199.255.351.6060.5
      M. Napoli 1B30000002.179.246.391.6360.0
      R. Rua 1B10000001.215.292.385.6760.0
      J. Gallo 3B30000100.184.303.504.8071.0
      J. Hoying CF40000012.263.263.474.737-0.5
      D. DeShields LF30100000.284.349.337.6861.0
      Total323431279-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        I. Kinsler 2B32200010.248.344.365.7093.5
        A. Romine 2B20000001.222.287.364.6510.0
        A. Avila 1B32331100.382.488.7061.19413.0
        M. Cabrera DH41121013.248.339.422.7616.5
        J. Martinez RF22111200.478.6471.2611.9089.0
        J. Upton LF40000014.242.359.485.844-0.5
        N. Castellanos 3B41231000.235.313.407.7219.0
        T. Collins CF40000011.216.293.360.653-0.5
        J. McCann C41100002.198.278.426.7042.0
        J. Iglesias SS40000012.200.226.308.534-0.5
        Total34910943513-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Mazara (10)
          • HR - J. Lucroy (3)
          • RBI - N. Mazara 2 (31), J. Lucroy (10)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Lucroy (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Avila (7)
          • HR - A. Avila (5), M. Cabrera (5), J. Martinez (6), N. Castellanos (4)
          • RBI - A. Avila 3 (18), M. Cabrera 2 (17), J. Martinez (12), N. Castellanos 3 (25)
          • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos 3 (14)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Gallo (8)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Upton (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Griffin (L, 4-1)3.19991345.023.00-13.5
          A. Bibens-Dirkx4.21002201.590.6410.0
          Total8.01099354---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Griffin (L, 4-1)3.1
          A. Bibens-Dirkx4.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Verlander (W, 4-3)7.04331514.390.7125.5
          B. Hardy1.00000102.920.003.5
          C. Bell1.00001100.001.002.5
          Total9.0433271---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Verlander (W, 4-3)7.0
          B. Hardy1.0
          C. Bell1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Griffin 88-61, A. Bibens-Dirkx 60-36
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Griffin 1-6, A. Bibens-Dirkx 5-7
          • Batters Faced - A. Griffin 20, A. Bibens-Dirkx 17
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Verlander (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 109-69, B. Hardy 15-10, C. Bell 22-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 5-11, B. Hardy 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 27, B. Hardy 3, C. Bell 5
          • 6TH INNING
            Lucroy homered to left39
          • 4TH INNING
            Avila doubled to left center, McCann and Kinsler scored29
            Mazara doubled to left center, Choo and Andrus scored27
          • 3RD INNING
            Castellanos homered to right center, Avila and Martinez scored07
            Cabrera grounded out to pitcher, Kinsler scored, Avila to second04
          • 1ST INNING
            Martinez homered to center03
            Cabrera homered to right center02
            Avila homered to right01
          • 9TH INNING
            • C. Bell Pitching:
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lucroy safe at first on left fielder Upton fielding error, Lucroy to second
            • R. Odor: Odor lined out to center
            • R. Rua: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rua lined out to left
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gallo walked
            • J. Hoying: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hoying struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 8TH INNING
            • B. Hardy Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • P. Kozma: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kozma grounded out to first
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Mazara fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • T. Collins: Collins safe at first on 3rd baseman Gallo fielding error
            • J. McCann: Foul, McCann lined out to left
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
            • A. Romine: Ball, Romine grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gallo fouled out to catcher
            • J. Hoying: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hoying grounded out to first
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, DeShields fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez flied out to deep right
            • J. Upton: Foul, Upton grounded out to third
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Castellanos flied out to right
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Andrus flied out to shallow right
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara grounded out to second
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Lucroy homered to left
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Odor hit by pitch
            • M. Napoli: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Napoli flied out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Iglesias popped out to second
            • A. Romine: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Romine grounded out to first
            • A. Avila: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Avila walked
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gallo popped out to shortstop
            • J. Hoying: Ball, Hoying grounded out to second
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, DeShields singled to right center
            • S. Choo: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Castellanos singled to left
            • T. Collins: Ball, Collins flied out to right
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, McCann lined into double play pitcher to first, Castellanos out at first
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Choo walked
            • E. Andrus: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Andrus singled to left, Choo to second
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Mazara doubled to left center, Choo and Andrus scored
            • J. Lucroy: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
            • R. Odor: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Napoli grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Griffin Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, McCann singled to left
            • J. Iglesias: Iglesias popped out to second
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Kinsler singled to left, McCann to second
            • A. Avila: Avila doubled to left center, McCann and Kinsler scored
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
            • J. Upton: Ball, Strike looking, Upton flied out to center
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gallo flied out to center
            • J. Hoying: Ball, Hoying lined out to center
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, DeShields fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Griffin Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Kinsler singled to right
            • A. Avila: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Avila singled to center, Kinsler to third
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to pitcher, Kinsler scored, Avila to second
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez walked
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Foul, Upton flied out to left
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Castellanos homered to right center, Avila and Martinez scored
            • T. Collins: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Collins struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Lucroy grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Odor: Ball, Odor lined out to second
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Napoli fouled out to catcher
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Griffin Pitching:
            • T. Collins: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Collins flied out to deep left
            • J. McCann: Ball, McCann fouled out to third
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Iglesias popped out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • E. Andrus: Andrus lined out to right
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Griffin Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
            • A. Avila: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Avila homered to right
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera homered to right center
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez homered to center
            • J. Upton: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Foul, Foul, Castellanos popped out to second
            • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)