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13 - 5 Final
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Granderson, Tigers beat up Rangers 13-5

Jul 30, 2009 - 4:35 AM By DAVID JIMENEZ Associated Press Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas(AP) -- Curtis Granderson opened the game with a bang, then the rest of the slumping Detroit offense followed his lead and took out its recent frustrations on the Texas Rangers.

Granderson led off with a home run and connected again in the second inning, and Justin Verlander equaled a career high by striking out 13 as the Tigers beat the Rangers 13-5 on Wednesday night.

"I'm not trying to hit home runs in the first at-bat," Granderson said. "I'm trying to hit the ball hard and hope the rest of the team keeps that edge."

Detroit scored in each of the first seven innings and matched a season high with 19 hits.

Miguel Cabrera, who had four hits and four RBIs, hit a three-run shot and Marcus Thames also homered for Detroit. The AL Central-leading Tigers improved to 5-8 since the All-Star break and scored more than three runs for just the fifth time in the span.

Detroit scored six runs in the first three innings, matching the total it scored in losing the past three games.

"(Granderson) set the tone and everybody fell in place," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "That's what we need to do. Get a bunch of our guys going hot. If we can get a bunch of them going at once, then we're in business."

Brandon Lyon and Casey Fien each pitched an inning of relief for the Tigers.

The trio combined for 18 strikeouts, the most for a team in a nine-inning game this season.

Verlander (12-5) tied for the major league lead in wins. He boosted his AL-leading strikeout total to 172 while pitching seven innings.

After starting the game throwing in the low 90s, Verlander ramped up it up near 100 mph in the later innings.

"That's what he does," Rangers center fielder Marlon Byrd said. "There's a reason he's leading the world in strikeouts."

When Verlander wasn't stifling the Texas offense, the Tigers were giving him ample run support.

Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux made six trips to the mound, five in the first four innings, to try and settle down his pitchers.

The Rangers' problems started when Granderson homered on the third pitch of the game from Scott Feldman (9-4). It was his 20th career leadoff home run.

After escaping a bases-loaded jam later in the first, Feldman was touched up again by Granderson and the Tigers in the second.

Granderson's two-run homer and Carlos Guillen's RBI single gave Detroit a 4-0 lead. Ryan Raburn had an RBI single in the third, and Feldman was chased two batters later.

"Their bats woke up," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "They got hits all kinds of ways. There was nothing we could do about it."

Feldman allowed a season-high six runs and 10 hits in 2 1-3 innings, his shortest start of the season. The right-hander pitched eight shutout innings in his last start in beating Kansas City ace Zack Greinke.

"I did an awful job," Feldman said. "Bad command cost me the most. It was a frustrating night."

Verlander, who struck out 13 against Minnesota on May 14, improved to 6-1 against the Rangers lifetime with a 2.37 ERA. He gave up four runs and six hits.

"I expected us to turn it around," Verlander said. "We have the talent. It's a matter of stringing some hits together."

Andruw Jones homered twice and Michael Young had a two-run double for Texas, which lost for the only the second time in 10 games.

The Rangers scored three runs in the fifth to come within 8-4 and had runners on second and third with one out. Verlander struck out David Murphy on a 99 mph fastball, then got Byrd looking with a 97 mph pitch.

NOTES: Texas RHP Frank Francisco threw early batting practice as he continues to recover from the flu. Washington said the closer wouldn't be activated from the DL before Saturday. ... This was Granderson's fourth two-homer game of his career. ... The Rangers signed their third-round draft pick, LHP Robbie Erlin of Scotts Valley (Calif.) High School.








  • ** CONFIRMED **
    AL
    DETROIT 13
    TEXAS 5 FINAL

    Jul 29 11:21 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ANDRUW JONES (17) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    9TH OFF CASEY FIEN.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 13, TEXAS 5
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J HAMILTON (.226, 1-FOR-3)

    Tigers 13, Rangers 5  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 29 11:05 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADAM EVERETT SCORED CLETE THOMAS
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, A EVERETT ON FIRST, G LAIRD ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 13
    TEXAS 4 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C GRANDERSON (.260, 2-FOR-4, BB, 2 HR, 3 RBI)

    Tigers 13, Rangers 4  Top 7, 0 OutsJul 29 10:33 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY MIGUEL CABRERA (20) TO RIGHT CENTER
    WITH 0 OUT IN THE 7TH OFF EDDIE GUARDADO SCORED CARLOS
    GUILLEN AND PLACIDO POLANCO.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 12, TEXAS 4
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M ORDONEZ (.259, 0-FOR-3, BB)

    Tigers 12, Rangers 4  Top 7, 0 OutsJul 29 10:23 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ADAM EVERETT SCORED GERALD LAIRD
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 9
    TEXAS 4 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C GRANDERSON (.260, 2-FOR-3, BB, 2 HR, 3 RBI)

    Tigers 9, Rangers 4  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 29 10:08 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED ELVIS ANDRUS AND JOSH
    HAMILTON
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M YOUNG ON SECOND, O VIZQUEL ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 8
    TEXAS 4 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: D MURPHY (.278, 0-FOR-2)

    Tigers 8, Rangers 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 29 9:56 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY OMAR VIZQUEL SCORED ANDRUW JONES
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, O VIZQUEL ON FIRST, E ANDRUS ON SECOND, J
    HAMILTON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 8
    TEXAS 2 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M YOUNG (.320, 0-FOR-2)

    Tigers 8, Rangers 2  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 29 9:52 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MIGUEL CABRERA SCORED CARLOS GUILLEN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M CABRERA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 8
    TEXAS 1 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M ORDONEZ (.259, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Tigers 8, Rangers 1  Top 5, 0 OutsJul 29 9:41 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MARCUS THAMES (11) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 4TH OFF GUILLERMO MOSCOSO.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 7, TEXAS 1
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: R RABURN (.247, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Tigers 7, Rangers 1  Top 4, 0 OutsJul 29 9:21 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO CARLOS GUILLEN SCORED RYAN RABURN
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C GUILLEN ON FIRST, C GRANDERSON ON SECOND, A
    EVERETT ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 6
    TEXAS 1 TOP,3RD
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M CABRERA (.332, 2-FOR-2)

    Tigers 6, Rangers 1  Top 3, 0 OutsJul 29 9:06 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN RABURN SCORED MARCUS THAMES
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R RABURN ON FIRST, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    TEXAS 1 TOP,3RD
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: G LAIRD (.232, 0-FOR-1)

    Tigers 5, Rangers 1  Top 3, 0 OutsJul 29 8:53 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ANDRUW JONES (16) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF JUSTIN VERLANDER.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 4, TEXAS 1
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J HAMILTON (.224, 7 HR, 29 RBI)

    Tigers 4, Rangers 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 29 8:45 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS GUILLEN SCORED PLACIDO POLANCO
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, C GUILLEN ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 4
    TEXAS 0 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M CABRERA (.330, 1-FOR-1)

    Tigers 4, Rangers 0  Top 2, 0 OutsJul 29 8:36 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CURTIS GRANDERSON (22) TO RIGHT CENTER
    WITH 1 OUT IN THE 2ND OFF SCOTT FELDMAN SCORED ADAM
    EVERETT.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 3, TEXAS 0
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: P POLANCO (.259, 0-FOR-1)

    Tigers 3, Rangers 0  Top 2, 0 OutsJul 29 8:35 PM


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


    CURRENT PITCHERS: DET - JUSTIN VERLANDER
    TEX - SCOTT FELDMAN

    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: O VIZQUEL (.274, 0 HR, 7 RBI)
    M YOUNG (.321, 14 HR, 43 RBI)
    D MURPHY (.280, 8 HR, 27 RBI)

    Tigers 1, Rangers 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 29 8:23 PM
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    roots
    GREGnKY Added 5 roots

    Tigers vs. RangersJul 29 3:43 PM