Rangers trip over Tigers
After going 5-2 on road, Texas takes on Angels at home tonight
DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers desperately needed a strong pitching performance to snap their longest losing streak of the season. won his sixth straight start at home for Detroit, giving up just four hits in seven innings.
Max Scherzer came through for them.
Scherzer threw seven scoreless innings to help Detroit beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 on Wednesday night, ending a seven-game skid.
“He pitched a great ballgame,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “That’s what it normally takes to break a string like this.” Offense helps, too. Gerald Laird hit a two-run homer in the second inning then Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera drove in runs in the seventh.
Scherzer (7-7) gave up four hits — throwing a career-high 123 pitches — and won his sixth straight start at home.
“It was important for me to end the streak,” Scherzer said.
Phil Coke pitched a perfect eighth and Jose Valverde had a shaky ninth. The All-Star closer walked Ian Kinsler, hit Vladimir Guerrero and allowed both to advance on a wild pitch. Josh
Hamilton’s groundout pulled Texas within three, but the threat ended when Nelson Cruz struck out and David Murphy grounded out.
Colby Lewis (9-6) allowed four runs and nine hits over seven innings for the AL Westleading Rangers.
“We went 5-2 and won two series against Boston and Detroit, so we’re going home with our heads high,” manager Ron Washington said. “Now we’ve got to go home and play four good games of baseball against the Angels and see what happens.”
Texas will host second-place Los Angeles tonight — with Cliff Lee facing Jered Weaver — and the newly acquired Lee is to start again at the Angels on Aug. 1.
Lewis walked Carlos Guillen to start the second inning, then allowed the light-hitting Laird to hit his fourth homer of the season and first in nearly a month on a 1-0 slider.
“When you hit that pitch out, I think there’s some luck involved,” Lewis said. “But he put a good swing on it.”
Ordonez, who failed to drive in runs when he had chances in each of his first three atbats, hit an RBI single and Ca- brera followed with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Scherzer shut down the middle of Texas’ lineup in the fourth after Michael Young led off the inning with a triple.
He stranded him by retiring Kinsler, Guerrero — flailing on a nasty slider that started in and tailed low and away — and Hamilton.