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AL West-leading Rangers win 7th in row

Sep 16, 2010 - 4:20 AM By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas(AP) -- The Texas Rangers could very likely be the AL West champions by time they play their next game at home.

Texas (82-63) heads out on a 10-game trip with a season-high 10-game division lead and its magic number at eight after an 11-7 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night, and Oakland's loss at Kansas City. The Rangers have won a majors-best seven games in a row.

"We've set ourselves up," manager Ron Washington said. "Now we've got to go continue playing our brand of baseball. I like our brand of baseball."

After sweeping three games last weekend against the New York Yankees, winning a pair of marathon games in their final at-bat, the Rangers overcame early deficits in both games against Detroit.

David Murphy, Vladimir Guerrero and Ian Kinsler hit long home runs in what might have been their last game at Rangers Ballpark before clinching their first division title since 1999.

"Obviously you get to a point where you start thinking about it," Kinsler said. "But everyone in here understands that it can turn into a lot of work and we don't want that to happen. We want to continue to play the way we are right now, and try to close this thing out as fast as possible."

After their final off day of the regular season Thursday, the Rangers open their trip against AL West foes with three games against Seattle and the Los Angeles Angels before four games in Oakland. Their next home game is Sept. 27 against Seattle, the start of a seven-game homestand heading into the postseason.

Texas built an 8-2 lead in the fourth on Murphy's three-run homer. The 426-foot blast into the second deck of seats in right by Murphy chased Armando Galarraga (4-6), who had already allowed Guerrero's 449-foot homer deep into the visitors bullpen in left-center to start the second.

It was another frustrating night for Detroit, which blew a 4-1 lead Tuesday when Texas scored the last 10 runs of that game.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland got ejected by home plate umpire Jerry Layne at the end of the fourth inning Wednesday after saying something from the dugout. Leyland then came out for an extended and sometimes animated discussion.

"We didn't play our best baseball in this series and he got frustrated with some of the calls," Tigers catcher Gerald Laird said. "He's going to back his team up. We have all the respect in the world for him. He felt like he needed to take a stand. That got us going and we battled back."

Colby Lewis (11-12) went six innings to win his second straight start after needing 10 chances to finally get his 10th victory. The right-hander gave up five runs on four hits and three walks while making two fielding errors, his throwing miscue leading to three unearned runs.

Galarraga gave up a season-high eight runs, seven of them earned. It was the shortest start of the season for the right-hander who had a perfect game taken away by a blown umpire's call in June.

Ryan Raburn homered, doubled twice and drove in four runs for Detroit. Miguel Cabrera had a pair of sacrifice flies.

Raburn's 13th homer, a solo shot in the seventh, got the Tigers within 9-7 before Kinsler hit his two-run homer to straightaway center in the bottom of the inning.

"We played well, we battled," Michael Young said. "Our energy level was up. We had to come back in a lot of these games in order to win. We're right where we want to be. We're not satisfied, but definitely happy with our effort level."

Raburn's double in the first off the top of the 14-foot wall in left drove in a run to make it 2-0. The ball hit the wall's padding in play and bounced back on the field, though Leyland argued it might be a home run and umpires looked at the replay to confirm their call.

After Guerrero's 27th homer and 107th RBI of the season to start the second, Nelson Cruz doubled and scored when Kinsler had a sacrifice bunt that turned into a throwing error by catcher Alex Avila.

The Rangers went ahead to stay after Elvis Andrus and Young opened the third with consecutive singles. Andrus scored the tiebreaking run when Murphy had what was essentially a swinging bunt that was fielding near by the first-base line by Galarraga, who then threw the ball into Murphy's back for an error.

Murphy's homer an inning later stretched his career-best hitting streak to 13 games.

Detroit scored three times in the fifth, all the runs coming after Lewis fielded a comebacker, then turned to throw the ball to second. He instead threw it well wide of the bag into the center field, the second time he has done that this season.

Notes: Cabrera had his majors-best 45th double in the third, then shoved Kinsler, who applied a tag when Cabrera didn't slide into the base and almost overran it. Nothing else happened and the two later were cutting up with each other. ... Kinsler, appealing a one-game suspension for taking part in an on-field postgame celebration after being ejected, said he thought the suspension would be dropped. ... It was the second game in a row umpires looked at replay after Leyland argued. In Tuesday night's game it was for Murphy's home run down the right-field line that was upheld.






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    Tigers 7, Rangers 11  FinalSep 16 6:14 AM


  • Rangers 11, Tigers 7 - FINAL
    DETROIT ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    A Jackson cf 4 1 0 0 1 1 3 .300
    W Rhymes 2b 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .293
    vb-S Sizemore ph-2b 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .217
    J Damon dh 4 2 1 1 1 0 0 .272
    M Cabrera 1b 2 1 1 2 1 0 0 .333
    R Raburn lf 5 1 3 4 0 0 1 .273
    B Boesc

    Sep 15 11:04 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY IAN KINSLER (9) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF RYAN PERRY SCORED NELSON CRUZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 7, TEXAS 11
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M MORELAND (.257, 1-FOR-3)

    Tigers 7, Rangers 11  Bot 7, 0 OutsSep 15 10:37 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RYAN RABURN (13) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF MATT HARRISON.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 7, TEXAS 9
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: B BOESCH (.260, 0-FOR-3)

    Tigers 7, Rangers 9  Top 7, 0 OutsSep 15 10:22 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MIGUEL CABRERA SCORED JOHNNY DAMON
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 6
    TEXAS 9 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: R RABURN (.272, 2-FOR-3, 3 RBI)

    Tigers 6, Rangers 9  Top 7, 0 OutsSep 15 10:20 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY IAN KINSLER SCORED NELSON CRUZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, I KINSLER ON FIRST, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    TEXAS 9 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M MORELAND (.259, 1-FOR-2)

    Tigers 5, Rangers 9  Bot 5, 0 OutsSep 15 9:51 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RYAN RABURN SCORED JOHNNY DAMON AND WILL RHYMES
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, R RABURN ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    TEXAS 8 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: B BOESCH (.261, 0-FOR-2)

    Tigers 5, Rangers 8  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 15 9:46 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MIGUEL CABRERA SCORED ALEX AVILA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J DAMON ON FIRST, W RHYMES ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 3
    TEXAS 8 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: R RABURN (.269, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Tigers 3, Rangers 8  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 15 9:44 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY DAVID MURPHY (11) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH
    2 OUT IN THE 4TH OFF ARMANDO GALARRAGA SCORED ELVIS ANDRUS
    AND JULIO BORBON.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2, TEXAS 8
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: V GUERRERO (.306, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Tigers 2, Rangers 8  Bot 4, 0 OutsSep 15 9:30 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED MITCH MORELAND
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E ANDRUS ON FIRST, J BORBON ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2
    TEXAS 5 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: D MURPHY (.286, 0-FOR-2, RBI)

    Tigers 2, Rangers 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsSep 15 9:30 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND DP BY VLADIMIR GUERRERO SCORED MICHAEL YOUNG
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2
    TEXAS 4 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: N CRUZ (.314, 1-FOR-1)

    Tigers 2, Rangers 4  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 15 9:06 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY ARMANDO GALARRAGA ALLOWED ELVIS ANDRUS TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D MURPHY ON FIRST, M YOUNG ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2
    TEXAS 3 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: V GUERRERO (.307, 1-FOR-1, HR, RBI)

    Tigers 2, Rangers 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 15 9:05 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY ALEX AVILA ALLOWED NELSON CRUZ TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, I KINSLER ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2
    TEXAS 2 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M MORELAND (.255, 5 HR, 18 RBI)

    Tigers 2, Rangers 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 15 8:39 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY VLADIMIR GUERRERO (27) TO LEFT CENTER WITH
    0 OUT IN THE 2ND OFF ARMANDO GALARRAGA.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2, TEXAS 1
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: N CRUZ (.312, 19 HR, 71 RBI)

    Tigers 2, Rangers 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 15 8:36 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    DETROIT 2 2 1 0
    TEXAS 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: DET - ARMANDO GALARRAGA
    TEX - COLBY LEWIS

    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: E ANDRUS (.275, 0 HR, 35 RBI)
    M YOUNG (.289, 20 HR, 82 RBI)
    D MURPHY (.288, 10 HR, 54 RBI)

    Tigers 2, Rangers 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 15 8:19 PM