Mike Adams able to squirm out of tough spot

June, 27, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mike Adams avoided disaster in the eighth inning and helped preserve the Texas Rangers' 7-5 win against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night at Rangers Balklpark.

Adams found himself in a jam after allowing a leadoff single to Austin Jackson and a walk to Quintin Berry. With runners on first and second and no outs in a 7-4 ballgame, the dangerous Miguel Cabrera represented the tying run at the plate.

“With Cabrera coming up, obviously I’ve got to make some pitches," Adams said. "This is a big situation."

Cabrera sent a rocket to center field that Josh Hamilton managed to grab just in front of the wall. It was the first of two outs in the inning that sent outfielders to the warning track.

Adams said that having athletes like Hamilton behind him on defense gives him added peace of mind.

“It’s really good to know that you have a defense behind you that’s going to go out and get the ball, in the infield or the outfield," Adams said. "Those guys will do whatever they have to to catch that ball, and it’s always a good feeling."

After getting Cabrera, Adams and the defense got the final two outs of the inning from equally dangerous Tiger hitters in Prince Fielder and Delmon Young. Fielder's groundout scored the Tigers' only run of the inning.

"It was a wild one," Adams said. "I couldn’t find the strike zone right off the bat. I used basically the whole field on two outs, and luckily I got out of that inning with one run.”

Whether it was luck or not, Adams and the Rangers held off Detroit to preserve Yu Darvish's 10th win and allow Joe Nathan to post his 15th straight save and 17th of the season.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.90 167 133
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .321
HRA. Beltre 15
RBIA. Beltre 57
RA. Beltre 56
OPSA. Beltre .882
ERAY. Darvish 2.90
SOY. Darvish 167