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Hunter goes to 7-0, lightens pen's load

7/20/2010

One day after the Rangers used seven pitchers in a 14-inning win over Detroit, Tommy Hunter limited the bullpen's services by throwing seven shutout innings in an 8-0 win over Detroit.

Hunter became the first Rangers pitcher to begin a season 7-0 as a starter. His seven innings spared the load on the bullpen, which saw an inning each from Darren Oliver and the just-recalled Doug Mathis.

The Rangers put it out of reach with a four-run ninth, adding a suicide-squeeze run courtesy of Elvis Andrus and back-to-back homers by Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton. Kinsler's shot was his second in as many days and hit the left-field pole.

Hamilton continued his tear, adding three hits and two RBIs to improve his batting average to .357. Not all of his offense came courtesy of the long ball. His hustle on a sixth-inning grounder allowed him to beat Tigers starter Armando Galarraga to first base for an infield hit.

Chris Davis rebounded from an 0-for-7 effort Monday with a 2-for-4 showing that included a double. David Murphy, playing on Vladimir Guerrero's rest day, had a long home run to center in the second.

Galarraga seemed to settle down after allowing three runs in the first two innings. The former Rangers farmhand pitched 7 1/3 innings, striking out six and allowing four runs. Miguel Cabrera also continued his offensive streak, going 2-for-4 with a double for Detroit.

The Rangers' win secures their first series victory in Detroit since 2007. Before Monday's win, Texas had lost 11 straight in Detroit.