Normally, nine runs for the Tigers with 17 hits adds up to a win except when it’s Detroit at Texas, where last night the Rangers came out on top 13-to-9 in the rubber game of the 3-game series. Texas slugged 3 homers as part of their 16-hit attack, including a 3-run blast and a 2-run shot, while Detroit was shutout when it came to the long ball.
Detroit fought back from 7-to-2 and 11-to-5 deficits to stay in the game before Texas shut the door with the final two runs of the night in the bottom of the eighth. Doug Fister fell to 1-and-5 after getting shelled for nine runs and nine hits in four-and-a-third innings.
Rangers starter Roy Oswalt was knocked around for 13-hits and 5 runs over 6-innings but still picked up the victory to improve to 2-and-0.
West Division leading Texas has won 10 of its last 12 games while the Tigers are now 2-and-4 on their current ten game road trip. Jhonny Peralta went 3-for-5 with two RBI’s in the loss.Detroit sits at three games under .500 and has slipped to 4-games behind the Central Division leading White Sox, who banged out 21-hits in a 12-to-5 win at Minnesota. The Tigers tonight open a 4-game series at Tampa Bay.
The Cubs were embarrassed by the Mets yesterday afternoon at Wrigley Field with New York winning 17-to-1. And the Yankees have the best record in the majors but they got a double-dose of bad news Wednesday. They lost starter Andy Pettitte to a left ankle fracture suffered during yesterday’s game against Cleveland. The team said he's expected to miss at least six weeks after taking a comebacker off his lower leg in the fifth inning. And pitcher CC Sabathia was put on the 15-day disabled due to a groin strain. However, because of the All-Star break, the Yankee left-hander is only expected to miss a pair of starts.