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17 - 4 Final
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Cabrera, Tigers throttle Rangers

Sep 18, 2008 - 5:13 AM ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- Miguel Cabrera belted a three-run homer and six players drove in at least two runs as the Detroit Tigers snapped a six-game skid with a 17-4 thrashing of the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

Magglio Ordonez had four RBI for the Tigers, who avoided being swept by posting nine runs in the fifth inning and five more in the sixth.

Edgar Renteria collected three RBI while Ryan Raburn, Brandon Inge and Dusty Ryan each drove in a pair of runs for Detroit, which took advantage of two errors and nine walks by Texas.

"It was nice because everybody was swinging the bat good," said Ordonez, who pulled into a virtual tie with Boston's Dustin Pedroia for the American League batting lead at .326. "That's how you win ballgames. We haven't had that in a long time. I'm really happy we won today."

"We just came out tonight, we swung the bats, we got some big hits," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "It's great to win ballgames, that's what we're trying to do. We want to win as many as we can."

Brandon Boggs had three RBI for the Rangers.

The offense may have gotten all the attention, but the real story for Detroit centered on oft-injured righthander Freddy Garcia, who made his first start in over a year.

It was a triumphant return to the mound for Garcia (1-0), as he allowed one unearned run and two hits in five innings with three strikeouts and one walk.

"I feel great, I was happy to be here. I'm glad," said Garcia, who went 1-5 with a 5.90 ERA in 11 starts with Philadelphia before undergoing rotator cuff surgery last season.

"It was like riding a bike for that guy," Leyland said. "I was shocked, to be honest with you. I didn't expect him to do as well as he did. I'm so happy for him. I don't even know Freddy that well, but I'm so tickled to death."

It was the first start since June 8 of last season with the Phillies for the 31-year-old, who looked much more like the pitcher who won 116 games from 1999-2006 before being plagued by injuries. Garcia signed with Detroit on August 14 and made one rehab start at Class AAA Toledo on August 23.

"For me, it's been one year, really hard for me to be away from baseball and doing my therapy trying to get back, and hopefully I did tonight," he said. "I pitched my game and threw my pitches, like I always do."

Leading, 2-1, after four innings, the Tigers broke open the game with a nine-run eruption in the fifth in which every hitter scored. An intentional walk to Gary Sheffield loaded the bases before Renteria ripped a two-run single off Luis Mendoza, who relieved starter Dustin Nippert (3-5).

Raburn plated a pair with a triple, Ryan drove in a run with a single and, three batters later, Marcus Thames made it 8-1 with an RBI base hit.

Ordonez then hit a bases-loaded grounder to shortstop Ramon Vazquez, who was filling in for an injured Michael Young. Vazquez watched the ball hop over his glove, allowing all three runners to score for an 11-1 cushion.

"It got out of hand," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "We couldn't put the fire out."

Mendoza faced six batters in the inning and each one scored, as he surrendered four hits and two walks.

"Confidence has a lot to do with it," Washington said of Mendoza. "When you don't get outs, you question your stuff. He threw a lot of pitches in the middle of the plate."

The Tigers added five more runs the next inning, including by three on Cabrera's 34th homer that made it 16-1.

Boggs hit a three-run double in the seventh and rookie Chris Davis plated a run with a two-base hit in the eighth.

Renteria's sacrifice fly in the ninth capped the scoring.

Nippert allowed five runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    DETROIT 0 2 0 0 9 5 0 0 1 17 16 1
    TEXAS 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 4 7 3 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: DET - FREDDY GARCIA, NATE ROBERTSON (6TH), AQUILINO LOPEZ (8TH) AND
    DUSTY RYAN
    TEX - DUSTIN NIPPERT, LUIS MENDOZA (5TH), WES LITTLETON
    (5TH), BILL WHITE (6TH), WAR

    Sep 17 11:29 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY EDGAR RENTERIA SCORED JEFF LARISH.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G SHEFFIELD ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 17
    TEXAS 4 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: R RABURN (.244, 1-FOR-3, 2 BB, 2 RBI)

    Tigers 17, Rangers 4  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 17 11:17 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CHRIS DAVIS SCORED TAYLOR TEAGARDEN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C DAVIS ON SECOND, N CRUZ ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 16
    TEXAS 4 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M RAMIREZ (.227, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Tigers 16, Rangers 4  Bot 8, 0 OutsSep 17 11:05 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BRANDON BOGGS SCORED CHRIS DAVIS AND MAX RAMIREZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B BOGGS ON SECOND, J ARIAS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 16
    TEXAS 3 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: R VAZQUEZ (.298, 0-FOR-1)

    Tigers 16, Rangers 3  Bot 7, 0 OutsSep 17 10:45 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY MIGUEL CABRERA (34) TO CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 6TH OFF BILL WHITE SCORED MATTHEW JOYCE AND MAGGLIO
    ORDONEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 16, TEXAS 1
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: G SHEFFIELD (.221, 0-FOR-2, 2 BB)

    Tigers 16, Rangers 1  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 17 10:14 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MAGGLIO ORDONEZ SCORED DUSTY RYAN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M ORDONEZ ON FIRST, M JOYCE ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 13
    TEXAS 1 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M CABRERA (.295, 3-FOR-4)

    Tigers 13, Rangers 1  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 17 10:14 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DUSTY RYAN SCORED RYAN RABURN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D RYAN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 12
    TEXAS 1 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C GRANDERSON (.292, 0-FOR-3, BB)

    Tigers 12, Rangers 1  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 17 10:06 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY RAMON VAZQUEZ ALLOWED DUSTY RYAN, CURTIS
    GRANDERSON AND MARCUS THAMES TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 9 RUNS IN, M ORDONEZ ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 11
    TEXAS 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M CABRERA (.294, 2-FOR-3)

    Tigers 11, Rangers 1  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 17 9:49 PM
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    Tigers 8, Rangers 1  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 17 9:46 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARCUS THAMES SCORED BRANDON INGE.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, M THAMES ON FIRST, C GRANDERSON ON SECOND, D
    RYAN ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 8
    TEXAS 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M ORDONEZ (.324, 1-FOR-3)

    Tigers 8, Rangers 1  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 17 9:42 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DUSTY RYAN SCORED RYAN RABURN.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, D RYAN ON FIRST, B INGE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 7
    TEXAS 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C GRANDERSON (.292, 0-FOR-3)

    Tigers 7, Rangers 1  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 17 9:39 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY RYAN RABURN SCORED GARY SHEFFIELD AND EDGAR
    RENTERIA.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, R RABURN ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 6
    TEXAS 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: B INGE (.215, 1-FOR-2, 2 RBI)

    Tigers 6, Rangers 1  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 17 9:35 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY EDGAR RENTERIA SCORED MAGGLIO ORDONEZ AND MIGUEL
    CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, E RENTERIA ON SECOND, G SHEFFIELD ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 4
    TEXAS 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: R RABURN (.240, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Tigers 4, Rangers 1  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 17 9:34 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY BRANDON BOGGS SCORED JOAQUIN ARIAS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2
    TEXAS 1 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M YOUNG (.277, 0-FOR-1)

    Tigers 2, Rangers 1  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 17 8:55 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BRANDON INGE SCORED MIGUEL CABRERA AND GARY
    SHEFFIELD.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B INGE ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: D RYAN (.267, 1 HR, 3 RBI)

    Tigers 2, Rangers 0  Top 2, 0 OutsSep 17 8:28 PM
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    Tigers vs. RangersSep 16 7:47 PM