Red-hot Rangers chase Porcello early, rout TigersApr 21, 2012 - 8:15 PM
Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz and Mitch Moreland all finished with two hits and two RBI for the Rangers, who again matched the 1989 club (12-2) for the best start in franchise history.
Texas has won eight in a row to claim the best record in baseball.
The win didn't come without a cost, as third baseman Adrian Beltre exited in the second inning with a strained left hamstring.
Matt Harrison (3-0) worked 7 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and three runs with six strikeouts.
Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run shot and Austin Jackson added a solo homer for the Tigers, who have dropped the first two in this four-game series.
The nightcap of the doubleheader is slated to begin at 7:05 p.m. (et).
Rick Porcello (1-1) didn't make it out of the second inning, charged with 10 hits and nine runs -- eight earned -- while recording just three outs.
Porcello was down 3-0 just three batters in, as Kinsler led off with a single and stole second, Elvis Andrus walked then Hamilton cleared the bases with his sixth homer of the season.
Beltre singled, Michael Young reached on a Brandon Inge throwing error then Cruz singled in another run. David Murphy's single loaded the bases but Mike Napoli fanned looking. Moreland's single plated two and Kinsler's triple to the deepest part of the park scored another pair to make it 8-0.
Texas kept up the onslaught in the second. Beltre led off with a double before departing. Young singled and pinch-runner Alberto Gonzalez moved to third, and after Cruz singled in Gonzalez, Porcello was finally removed.
Jackson barely cleared the wall to the left of center to start the home fourth, then Cabrera singled with one out and came home on a double by Delmon Young.
Detroit's only answer thereafter was a two-run homer from Cabrera in the eighth which followed a Brennan Boesch single that chased Harrison in favor of Koji Uehara.
Napoli's two-out solo homer -- the fifth in his last five appearances -- in the ninth put the visitors in double digits.
Texas became the first team in the majors to win 12 of its first 14 games since the 2005 Los Angeles Dodgers...Tigers right fielder Ryan Raburn, who entered the game hitting a blistering .667 (8-for-12) lifetime against Harrison, went 0-for-4...Napoli has six homers during his torrid stretch.
- TEXAS: 10
Apr 21 3:41 PM
- Mike Napoli two-out, solo Home Run (6) to left. Mitch Moreland due up.
Rangers 10, Tigers 4 Top 9, 2 OutsApr 21 3:31 PM
- Prince Fielder struck out swinging to end the inning.
Rangers 9, Tigers 4 End 8Apr 21 3:26 PM
- Delmon Young doubled to center scored Miguel Cabrera. Runner on second with two outs and Ryan Raburn due up.
Rangers 9, Tigers 2 Bot 4, 2 OutsApr 21 2:24 PM
- Austin Jackson lead-off Home Run (3) to left center. Brennan Boesch due up.
Rangers 9, Tigers 1 Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 21 2:18 PM
- Nelson Cruz singled to center scored Alberto Gonzalez. On the play, Michael Young advances to second. Runners on first and second with none out and David Murphy due up.
Rangers 9, Tigers 0 Top 2, 0 OutsApr 21 1:41 PM
- Ian Kinsler tripled to center scored David Murphy and Mitch Moreland. Runner on third with one out and Elvis Andrus due up.
Rangers 8, Tigers 0 Top 1, 1 OutApr 21 1:27 PM
- Mitch Moreland singled to right scored Michael Young and Nelson Cruz. On the play, David Murphy advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and Ian Kinsler due up.
Rangers 6, Tigers 0 Top 1, 1 OutApr 21 1:25 PM
- David Murphy singled to right. On the play, Nelson Cruz advances to second and Michael Young advances to third. Bases loaded with none out and Mike Napoli due up.
Rangers 4, Tigers 0 Top 1, 0 OutsApr 21 1:20 PM
- Josh Hamilton none-out, three-run Home Run (6) to right scored Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus. Adrian Beltre due up.
Rangers 3, Tigers 0 Top 1, 0 OutsApr 21 1:14 PM
- TEXAS: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Apr 21 1:07 PM
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