Rangers trip over Tigers

Af­ter go­ing 5-2 on road, Texas takes on An­gels at home tonight

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Larry Lage

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.

Max Scherzer

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