Rapid Reaction: Tigers 6, Rangers 5

August, 2, 2011
8/02/11
9:48
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DETROIT -- Colby Lewis struggled and the Rangers didn't execute the little things well -- errors on Lewis and Michael Young and an inability to get a big sacrifice bunt down by Elvis Andrus -- but kept fighting with a late comeback in a 6-5 loss to Detroit in wet conditions at Comerica Field. Some quick thoughts (more to come from the clubhouse):

* Mike Napoli's two-run homer in the eighth tied the score after the Rangers were behind 5-2 to start the inning (Nelson Cruz hit a solo homer earlier in the inning). Napoli was incredible in July, posting a .443 batting average, the highest in the majors in the month (minimum 50 at-bats). Apparently, turning the calendar to August hasn't stopped him. He now has 16 homers on the season and 41 RBIs.

* Mike Adams made his Rangers debut and gave up the go-ahead run. Brennan Boesch fell behind 0-2 and kept fouling pitches off before he drilled the eighth one he saw -- a changeup -- over the right-field wall to put the Tigers up 6-5. It was the first homer Adams has given up to a left-handed hitter since May 18, 2010 vs. San Francisco's Andres Torres and just the sixth in his career. It's also just the fourth hit in 51 at-bats he's allowed after getting ahead in a count 0-2. It took Adams 32 pitches to get out of the inning.

* Worth noting: Cliff Lee's debut wasn't so great last year (six runs, three homers, though he did pitch a complete game in Arlington in the loss). In other words, pitchers recover from rough debuts.

* In two outings against Detroit in 2011, Lewis has allowed 20 hits and 13 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings. That includes four earned runs (five total) on 10 hits with three walks and three strikeouts in four-plus innings (he faced three batters in the fifth and didn't retire any of them).

* The first time through the order, the Tigers put six men on base. Lewis tried to work out of the jams but ended up allowing a two-out single to Wilson Betemit, the No. 9 hitter, to drive in the first run of the game. Lewis was fortunate that despite the troubles in the first two innings it was just 1-0. Another double play in the second helped his cause.

* Andrus made a rare bunting mistake in the fifth. With runners at first and second and no outs (and Texas down 3-2), Andrus got ahead in the count, 2-0. Rather than force Max Scherzer to throw a strike before trying to bunt, Andrus went after a pitch that looked high. He popped up the bunt and it was caught at third by Betemit. It was a rally killer. Josh Hamilton followed with a fly ball to left and Young grounded out.

* Rangers manager Ron Washington left Lewis in for the fifth inning despite his struggles and the inning got off to a rough start when Young committed an error on a ground ball from Victor Martinez. That didn't help Lewis' ability to get out of the inning. He allowed a single to Jhonny Peralta and then walked Carlos Guillen despite being ahead in the count 0-2. That was it for Lewis. Yoshinori Tateyama came in and allowed a two-run single to give the Tigers a cushion.

* The Rangers put their first run on the board in the fourth when Cruz hit an RBI single. Hamilton motored around third and slid into home plate feet first for the run. Yes, that's feet first. Everyone remembers the last time Hamilton slid -- headfirst -- into home plate at Comerica Park and what happened. There was no issue this time.

* Young turned a well-timed double play to end the first inning. With runners on first and second and one out for Miguel Cabrera, Lewis was able to induce the ground ball to Young, who flipped to Ian Kinsler at second and then onto first to get out of the mini-jam.

* Kinsler was 0-for-3 with a walk and is now 1-for-25 in his last six games. He's 1-for-12 on this road trip.

* Cruz was a catalyst, returning to the lineup after missing two games with tightness in his left quad. He hit an RBI single in the fourth and added a solo shot, his 24th homer of the season, in the eighth and has driven in 71 runs. That means three Rangers now have at least 70 RBIs: Adrian Beltre (76), Young (73) and Cruz (71).

* Alex Avila's solo shot to lead off the fourth inning was the 27th homer allowed by Lewis this season, tops in the American League. Coming into the game, Jake Arrieta was second at 21.

* Yorvit Torrealba had an excellent at-bat in the fifth. With David Murphy at second base and no one out, Torrealba hit the ball to the right side as he should. It went into right field for a single that scored Murphy to make it 3-2. The at-bat included three foul balls and Torrealba went with the pitch to get it to right field.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Martin Perez
WINS ERA SO IP
3 1.86 20 29
OTHER LEADERS
BAL. Martin .322
HRP. Fielder 2
RBIA. Rios 10
RE. Andrus 12
OPSS. Choo .891
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23